What Is a Hotspot?
To provide Internet access in public places, a hotspot manages local area Wi-Fi connections through a wireless access point.
Introduction to WiFi Hotspots
WiFi hotspots provide Internet access to wireless network devices in public locations such as downtown centers, cafes, airports and hotels. Businesses are incresaingly using WiFi hotspots for their internal (intranet) networks. Follow these guidelines to use WiFi hotspots effectively.
Free Wireless Hotspot Finders
These directories contain searchable listings of public wireless hotspots. Travelers can use hotspot directories to map and find nearby Wi-Fi Internet access points.
Where's Your Favorite Wi-Fi Hotspot?
Wireless hotspots are an easy way to go online when away from home. Everyone seems to have their own favorite hotspot hangout. Where's yours?
Before You Subscribe to a Free Internet Service
Free Internet providers offer access to the Web, email and other Internet services at no cost. However, many limitations may accompany these free Internet services.
Do Not Auto-Connect to Open Wi-Fi Networks
Connecting to an open Wi-Fi network such as a free wireless hotspot exposes your computer to security risks.
What Is MiFi?
MiFi is the brand name for portable devices from Novatel Wireless that work as mobile Internet hotspots. A MiFi includes both cellular modem and Wi-Fi router capability.
Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in Reno, NV (USA)
Our Guide to Reno/Tahoe has collected this inventory of free Wi-Fi options in the Truckee Meadows area around Reno, Nevada USA.