Wireless Hot Spots
Things to do at wireless hot spots
I am unabashedly amazed with wireless hot spots. To think that I can walk into a local coffee shop or
library, turn on a laptop computer, and instantly be able to surf the internet at a relatively high speed strikes
me as one of the most obviously advantages of the recent advancements in wireless technology.
Wireless Hot Spots Usefulness
This past year I picked up a personal digital assistant (PDA) that is equipped
with wireless technology, allowing me to use a stripped-down version of Internet Explorer to access information
through wireless hot spots just like laptops and desktop computers.
Wireless hot spots are becoming increasingly
advanced and practical. From checking your emails to surfing internet and doing your
business, wireless hot spots are truly useful. But be security conscious when using them.
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With my little wireless-enabled PDA I quite literally am able to hold the entire
internet in the palm of my hand, allowing me to watch videos, check my email, or text message friends. It comes in
handy again and again, whether I’m eating with friends and we want to know what movies are playing to checking my
email while waiting for my bus (at a bus stop that’s conveniently located near a library’s wireless hot
One of the only drawbacks of wireless technology is that wireless-enabled devices
like my PDA or most people’s laptops need to be fairly near to a wireless hot spot in order for the connection to
be established. This leads to many people roaming around, looking for good connections.
The search for wireless hot spots has even lead to “war driving,” a practice of
questionable legality where people drive around in their cars with laptops setup to search out unlocked wireless
networks, both public and private. Many different businesses are picking up on the trend, offering wireless hot
spots in coffee shops, restaurants, and retail stores.
Wireless Hot Spots
Many businesses are nice enough to provide wireless hot spots for free, though it’s usually a good practice to
patronize these places if you use their wireless connection to encourage them to keep their access free. Libraries
can be great for this service, as can some coffee shops.
Some chains offer free wireless at all of their locations, making it pretty easy to track down free wireless hot
spots. Some websites even keep track of these free hotspots, working with Mapquest or Google maps to provide maps
of free hot spots.
A few other businesses, especially coffee shops, offer wireless connections with
purchases, but most of the other wireless hot spots require payment to access the service. This can come either
through a subscription to the service provider or through a credit card payment, though if you’re not a subscriber
these hot spots can get expensive quite quickly.