There are countless benefits to having access to the Internet on the go. Whether you're looking for internet for laptop on the go, or Internet on the go in general, users are able to stay connected so they never miss an important conversation, a favorite TV show or that "had to see it to believe it" sports moment. Internet on the go makes it easier than ever to stream live TV, movies and TV shows as well as video chat with friends, play online games, send emails, post photos and more. By using WiFi, hotspots, and 4G or 5G connections, individuals can connect to the Internet from almost anywhere. Read on to learn more about the convenience of staying connected with Internet while on the go.
How Hotspots and WiFi Work
Hotspots are sites that offer an Internet connection (or, Internet access) over a wireless local area network (WLAN) by way of a router that then connects to an Internet service provider. Hotspots can be found at many coffee shops, universities, libraries, airports, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, department stores, campgrounds and other public locations. 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 (so you can browse your favorite site, catch up on work, and more on the go).
Types of Hotspots
Hotspots can be phone-based or free-standing, commercial or free to the public. The total number of global hotspots is expected to increase every year. The 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 particular hotspots work without any wires because they are connected via 4G LTE (or soon, 5G) coverage. Mobile hotspots are fittingly designed to be used while individuals are traveling away from their home or office.
Users can either turn their mobile phones into WiFi on the go hotspots or can alternately use dedicated free-standing options. Free hotspots are created when owners of wireless routers turn off their authentication requirements. By opening up their connection to anyone in range, they have successfully created a free WiFi hotspot. Commercial hotspots require users to sign in through a login screen that redirects to an authentication page and in some cases may require payment.
Access to Over 8,000,000 WiFi Hotspots Nationwide
Xfinity WiFi has the fastest hotspots with the most coverage on the go, even if you're away from your home WiFi network. These benefits are included with Xfinity Internet service at no extra cost. A compatible WiFi-enabled laptop or mobile device is required to access Xfinity WiFi. Internet customers can stay connected with access to over 8,000,000+ hotspot locations around the country.
To enjoy the benefits of Xfinity WiFi, use your WiFi device to search for "Xfinity WiFi" or "Cable WiFi®" in your list of available networks. Sign in using your Comcast Xfinity ID and password. You only need to sign in one time, because Xfinity WiFi will automatically remember your device. Download the Xfinity WiFi App to your smart phone (like your iPhone) or tablet so you can easily locate thousands of Xfinity WiFi hotspots in cities across the country, including Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and New York City. This app also provides directions to WiFi hotspots near you and creates a list of your favorite hotspot locations.
Whether you are a frequent or casual Internet user, or simply looking for wireless internet service for your laptop on the go, you will want to utilize a service that includes offers a reliably fast WiFi connection and hotspots. There's no need to purchase separate wireless coverage for every device in your home when Comcast offers a comprehensive service with Xfinity Internet.
Xfinity is proud to support the Federal Government’s Affordable Connectivity Program, a temporary subsidy program available for all tiers of Xfinity Internet service, including Internet Essentials. Learn more about the ACP Program to see if you qualify.