Wi-fi Access

Written by Seth Cotterell
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Wi-Fi access, once something of a rarity, is quickly spreading across the country as its popularity grows. As customers come to experience the convenience of Wi-Fi access, more businesses elect to offer the service free of charge and become what is known as a hotspot. Hotspots provide Wi-Fi access to customers with wireless enabled devices for a small fee or free of charge.

Because more businesses want to become hotspots and because more end users are demanding wireless access, many computer manufacturers include wireless capabilities in the design of their laptops and PDAs. Most newer models have this capability standard, and those that don't can easily be made compatible with the purchase of a wireless networking card. The cards are relatively inexpensive for those people without wireless compatibility built in.

It is not difficult for any business to offer Wi-Fi access to its customers. All that is required is a high speed connection in the building. This can be a DSL, T 1, or cable modem. A Wi-Fi kit is installed that transmits a wireless signal that customers within range can tap into. Depending on the physical lay out and size of the building, the signal strength will vary.

Businesses Providing Wi-Fi Access

At many hotels, cafes, and restaurants, Wi-Fi access is becoming a requirement, not a luxury. Many of these businesses are also providing the service free of charge due to the increase in traffic that results in advertising as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Currently, Wi-Fi access is commonly found in coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels, but many different kinds of businesses can benefit by offering this service and the variety in Wi-Fi hotspots should increase in time.

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