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

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Where Is Wi-Fi Likely to Be?

The answer, at least in a few years, is that Wi-Fi will be everywhere. Being able to connect to the Net wherever one wants will seem as natural as being able to breathe. Perhaps the right to surf without wires will rank right up there with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (not to mention the right to chug down the freeway in a giant-size gas-guzzling vehicle).

You can find Wi-Fi in all kinds of unlikely places (see the sidebar “The Web Is a Global Village” for an example).

Nevertheless, it can take some effort to find Wi-Fi hotspots—that is, places that allow you to connect to the Internet with your Wi-Fi–enabled laptop or PDA—right where you want and need them.

In some places, it is pretty easy. For example, ...

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