Access Everywhere: The Definitive Guide to Wi-Fi

July 16, 2008 – 5:54 AM

For the last decade, as wireless networks have grown in popularity, so has the number of hot spots around the globe.

The leading online hot-spot directory, JiWire, lists 215,666 locations as of this writing. Those are just the ones people bother to report. Believe it or not, they’re not all in coffee shops—in fact, hotels host the most hot spots, followed by restaurants. With that many venues offering Wi-Fi, it should be easy to find Internet access wherever you go, right? It is, if you know where, and perhaps how, to look. Here are some tips on finding locations, both free and for a fee, unique venues where Wi-Fi may flourish (think: air travel), and how to make your own mobile hot spots on the fly if you’ve got the equipment, the cash, and the gumption to unwire beyond your home network.


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