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Chapter 6. Buying a Wi-Fi PDA > Accessing Wi-Fi

Accessing Wi-Fi

Accessing a Wi-Fi hotspot with your handheld is pretty much like accessing a Wi-Fi hotspot with a laptop (which was explained in Chapter 3). You'll need to supply a network identification, or SSID. If you don't know this in advance, your Wi-Fi software will scan for available Wi-Fi broadcasts. The details of each device's Wi-Fi software may be slightly different, but for the most part, to connect, all you need to do is activate the Wi-Fi software, generally by clicking on it, and following directions. Some Wi-Fi networks do also require an encryption code for access, as I'll explain in more detail in Part V, “Securing Your Wi-Fi Computer and Network.”

It's worth saying that using Wi-Fi to access the Internet with a handheld device is not for everyone. Sure, we've all seen people using a handheld to type email at 100 words a minute, and surfing the Web with aplomb using the most miniature of Web browsing screens. But if you are like me (I sometimes think I must have all ten thumbs), I really prefer to work with a larger keyboard. (Even laptop keyboards are often awkward for me to use!) I also like to see Web sites in a large size.


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