How to Use Wi-Fi Hotspots

By Techwalla Contributor

Having Internet access while on the go is a convenient way to remain connected with coworkers, family and friends. Travelers no longer have to sacrifice important services when away from the office or home. You can use mobile technology and a Wi-Fi connection to perform many of your daily activities while moving from one destination to the next. Take your laptop or mobile device with you and connect to any available Wi-Fi hotspot.

Things You'll Need

  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Computer
  • PDA

Step 1

Receive and send email when you are on the go. Email is an essential part of the workday. Although a Wi-Fi connection is not required to access email on a cellphone, the slower speeds of a cellular network make the process tedious. With a Wi-Fi connection, you can quickly check for important email messages without waiting until you get back to the office or home.

Step 2

Travel to a vacation destination and include family and friends on the fun by sending them quick updates, photos and videos of the places you visit. Locating a public hotspot has become easier than in the past. Many local coffee shops and restaurants include free Wi-Fi to attract customers and almost all hotels offer the service now, although some charge for it.

Step 3

Conduct research while on the go. The Internet provides easy access to endless resources whenever you access the Web through a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can work on business projects or homework assignments as easily as if you were sitting in a library.

Step 4

Shop on the go. Many major retailers allow consumers to purchase an item online and pick it up from the store location nearest them or have it shipped to a home or office address. In many cases, you can order a product on the Internet using a Wi-Fi hotspot and then go to lunch; the item is ready for pick up from the store when you are finished.

Step 5

Listen to your favorite online radio stations while traveling; access to them while you're on the go is made possible by Wi-Fi hotspots. If you missed your favorite TV show, there's a good chance you'll find it online. Participate in an online webinar with coworkers even though you are away from the office.

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