There are countless benefits to WiFi hotspots, which provide internet access when you are not connected to your home internet. Staying connected means you’ll never miss an important conversation, a favorite TV show, or a "had to see it to believe it" sports moment. And WiFi hotspots make it easier than ever to work, stream, play, and more — wherever you are.
Read on to learn more and get connected.
What is a hotspot?
Hotspots are wireless access points that allow you to connect devices to the internet. Hotspots can be found at coffee shops, universities, libraries, airports, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other locations. They can even be found from your home if you live within range of a hotspot.
How does a hotspot work?
Also known as WiFi hotspots, these sites primarily utilize WiFi technology, which allows electronic devices to connect to the internet or exchange data wirelessly through radio waves.
What are the types of hotspots?
Mobile WiFi hotspots:
A phone-based option — known as a "mobile hotspot" — is a compact 4G LTE or 5G wireless router on one's mobile device that can connect any WiFi-enabled device within approximately 30 feet. Wireless internet hotspots let users connect any WiFi-enabled device to the cellular network of their choice. These hotspots work without any wires because they are connected via 4G LTE or 5G coverage.
Public WiFi hotspots
You are likely already familiar with public WiFi hotspots, as they are commonly available at coffee shops, airports, hotels, and more. They enable quick, convenient access to the internet when away from home.
Portable WiFi hotspots
A portable WiFi hotspot is a device that functions similarly to your router. It delivers a personal hotspot and dedicated internet connectivity to your devices instead of the open connection that a public WiFi hotspot offers.