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

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Accessing Wi-Fi

Accessing a Wi-Fi hotspot with your handheld is pretty much like accessing a Wi-Fi hotspot with a laptop (which was explained in Chapter 3). You'll need to supply a network identification, or SSID. If you don't know this in advance, your Wi-Fi software will scan for available Wi-Fi broadcasts. The details of each device's Wi-Fi software may be slightly different, but for the most part, to connect, all you need to do is activate the Wi-Fi software, generally by clicking on it, and following directions. Some Wi-Fi networks do also require an encryption code for access, as I'll explain in more detail in Part V, “Securing Your Wi-Fi Computer and Network.”

It's worth saying that using Wi-Fi to access the Internet with a handheld device ...

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