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Chapter Five. In Public Places > Getting Connected

Getting Connected

Once you've found a hotspot, you need to make sure that both your computer and the hotspot can recognize each other. This will happen automatically, as long as your wireless hardware is activated, whenever your laptop comes within range of the hotspot.

Most Windows laptops display a signal icon in the system tray, on the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, or an indicator light on the laptop itself, when the laptop finds and connects to a wireless connection. On a Macintosh, you'll see an AirPort signal-strength icon near the upper right-hand corner of your screen (provided you have selected the “Show AirPort status in menu bar” checkbox in Network preferences).


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