Chapter 14. Connecting to an Internet Hot Spot

Back when I had my very first notebook PC, before the days of the Internet, there were a handful of public online networks I could connect to, such as CompuServe and Prodigy—if I could get the modem in my notebook to work with the nearest available phone line. In fact, I distinctly remember one trip abroad that required me to take screwdriver in hand and manually connect inside the phone jack in the wall. Not very user-friendly!

Well, going online is a lot easier today, to everyone’s relief. Wherever you are, you’re probably no more than a mile or two away from the closet wireless hot spot, which lets you connect to the Internet using your notebook’s built-in wireless adapter. You can find hot spots—most ...

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