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Chapter 3. Wi-Fi on the Road > Wireless Hotspots

3.1. Wireless Hotspots

As more users equip their portable computers with Wi-Fi, opportunities have emerged for anyone who can bring a DSL line and access point into a public space such as a coffee shop, airport, or public library. Some people will set up an access point and charge by the hour; others will charge nothing, just to attract customers or keep them a little longer; some, such as a library, will set it up to make information more accessible. A venue with this kind of public access point is known as a wireless hotspot. The number of wireless hotspots is growing rapidly. Today, you can easily find wireless hotspots in hotels, airports, coffee shops, and metropolitan areas.

In order to see striking views of wireless hotspots in New York City, see the Public Internet Project's maps at http://publicinternetproject.org/research/moremaps.html. Chapter 9 includes instructions for generating your own such maps.



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