The need for wireless connectivity is at an all-time high as more and more devices become connected to the Internet. Today, everything from cellphones, laptops, computer tablets, office equipment and even kitchen appliances offer Internet connectivity. Merchants have found that in order to compete for a shrunken customer base they now must be willing to offer free wireless Internet, known as Wi-Fi. Connecting your wireless device to free Internet connections can be done in a snap through central Wi-Fi locations known as "hot spots."
Turn on your computer.
Locate the "Wi-Fi connection" icon, which should be at the bottom-right corner of your screen. Double click the icon -- it will take you to a new window.
Click "Properties." Select "Wireless Networks." Your computer will identify all Wi-Fi networks in range.
Look for the name of the establishment you are located in (such as a coffee shop, donut shop or restaurant).
Double-click on the Wi-Fi account for the name of your location. Occasionally, establishments may require that you make a purchase to access their Wi-Fi, whereby they give you the access code (WEP key).
Close the Wireless Networks window and open your Web browser.
- The steps will be different for other mobile devices. Consult your owner's manual as there is a wide array of mobile devices in the marketplace, each having slight variations to accessing Wi-Fi networks.
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