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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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Using Wi-Fi on the Road

I'll be giving an overview of connecting on the road in Chapter 3. Part III includes a lot of detailed information, as well as tips, tricks, techniques, and information about the latest hot mobile gadgets. For now, I'd like to go over some basics related to using Wi-Fi on the road.

For starters, as I explained in the preceding section, “Understanding Wi-Fi Networks,” it's not enough to find a Wi-Fi wireless access point. Behind the scenes, the wireless access points need to be capable of providing access to the Internet, usually via a high-speed cable or DSL connection.

In Figure 1.1, I showed you a pretty typical example of how this might work behind the scenes.

Connecting

With your Wi-Fi device happily chugging and ready ...

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