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A hotspot is any location where Wi-Fi broadband network access is made
publicly available through a WLAN. Hotspots are often located in heavily
populated places and typically have a short range of access.
Hotspots are often found at restaurants, train stations, airports, libraries, coffee shops, bookstores, fuel stations, department stores, supermarkets and other public places. Many universities and schools have wireless networks in their campus.
Technically speaking, hotspots consist of one or several wireless access points installed inside buildings and/or adjoining outdoor areas. These APs are typically networked to printers and/or a shared high-speed Internet connection. Some hotspots require special application software be installed on the Wi-Fi client, primarily for billing and security purposes, but others require no configuration other than knowledge of the network name (SSID).
Edgewire Access points are an excellent choice for wireless hotspots to securely provide private or public network and broadband Internet access. For corporate users, hotspot access removes the time and cost associated with manual guest access setup for visitors and for public service providers. Edgewire provides a cost effective route to quickly establish a hotspot service, wherever they wish.