What is it?
The term hotspot generally means an area where a wireless network is available to access the internet. While they have been around for a few years, they are only becoming available in Ireland slowly.
Where is it available?
Several providers have rolled out the service. It is generally available in Hotels, Airports, restaurants, pubs and other public places. It is targeted at business travellers to a large extent.
How does it work?
Providers install a wireless access point in a public area and link it to the internet using one of many technologies. Typically, the technology used is called 802.11b or WiFi (Wireless Fidelity). This technology was initially developed for wirelessly enabling office networks to allow easier access to the network and mobility within the office.
Many laptops and some PDA's (Palm and PocketPC devices particularly) come with this technology built in today. Alternatively, a card can be purchased to add on the most devices to enable a connection.
Once the device is in range of the network, typically less than 100 metres, a connection can be made. The most common method of authentication on the network is to open a web browser on the device. It automatically brings the user to a screen welcoming them to the network and suggesting different ways to pay for access.
What does it cost?
One time costs:
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