What is a WiFi Hotspot?
A WiFi Hotspot is an area that has WiFi access to the Internet. The term Hotspot is now used interchangeably for the both the area where the signal is available and the device (WiFi Router or WiFi Access Point) that is broadcasting the signal. Likewise the terms “WiFi Router” and “WiFi Access Point” (AP) are often used interchangeably.
How to buy and set-up a WiFi Router.
The great thing about setting up a Hotspot System in a Coffee shop is that normally one WiFi router will cover the whole building so it’s not very complex to set-up. Wireless routers can now be bought for around $50 so setting up a Hotspot doesn’t need to be expensive. The only other thing you would need is a DSL or cable connection to your shop, depending on where you live these normally cost around $30/mo.
How to control access.
The easiest way to setup a Hotspot is to set the router wireless security settings as “Disabled” or “Open”. That would allow everyone access, but how can you control the amount of bandwidth a customer users or how long they spend online?
One option would be to set a WPA or WEP key on the router and give that to your customers. That would stop people in the neighbourhood using your connection but would not allow you to set time limits on how long your customers could spend online.
In order to do that you will need a hosted or stand alone “Captive Portal” this is a specially modified WiFi router that appears as an Open or Unencrypted WiFi signal but then redirects any traffic to a specific web page called a “Splash Page” where your often asked to login or purchase internet access.
Hosted captive portals are often provided free of charge to business owners in exchange for a share of the revenue from the hotspot. With a hosted solution your customer gets redirected to the servers of the WiFi Company and has to pay for Internet access online. Standalone captive portals are normally sold outright to the business owner and allow you to generate tickets, which you can sell (or give) to your customers. Each ticket allows Internet access for a defined amount of time. A nice thing to do is to give your customer a free 30-min ticket with the first coffee they buy, then if they want to stay online longer they need to come back to the counter and buy another ticket, or another coffee 🙂
In various netbooks, also known as mini-laptops, flooding the market today, it really would not be surprising if people scratches head models on which to buy. Luckily for travelers and people who are on the move, is the specific laptop, which appears to have been designed for travelers.
When people travel, they want a mini laptop, that would help them get organized in their journeys. Things like connecting to the Internet, editing digital image, file management and playback of multimedia files, for a long time, only some of the things that need netbook to do. Then, of course, that the mini-laptop should be able to withstand rough handling, which often comes from traveling.
EEE PC 901
This model netbook seems it was built for frequent travelers. With its shock-proof Solid State Drive (SSD), it consumes less power, loaded quickly and does not generate as much heat as other netbooks. Best, it will still perform, even if it gets dropped to the ground.
For travelers on long flights, the mini-notebook can perform well up to eight hours, more than twice the battery life of a typical mini-notebook. Moreover, it can also store up to 20GB of files in Windows XP or GNU Linux.
Access to the Internet with this netbook in Wi-Fi capabilities. If you have any problems with your computer, you can easily remove it by the Remote Desktop feature.
MSI Wind U100 432US
It is the reason why the MSI netbook called the Wind – it actually stands for “Wi-Fi Network Device”.
As the name implies, you can easily access the Internet anywhere there is Wi-Fi hotspot.This netbook model of comprehensive project-N Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g/n), which offers five times the performance and twice the wireless range of existing Wi-Fi ready devices. This makes it ideal for business travelers.
Travelers can use the MSI wind, as long as six hours because of his 6-lasting battery.
We live in an era of information and now we have a newcomer, the netbook, which allows us access to our data that much easier. But just what are netbooks?
Simply stated, a netbook is a miniature laptop expressly for the purpose of working on the Internet using online applications, otherwise known as cloud computing and do other activities as the basis for calculating the email, video chat, and prepare documents.
What is the appeal?
Netbooks became popular with the introduction of Asus EEE PC back in 2007. Why are so popular? Probably because of their convenience. You can make your work with you and it will not break your back, since they weigh a few pounds. They are great if you’re a student. You will be able to bring together a mini-computer with you to take notes, and regardless, online chat, video chat during class, no matter what you do, including research work or in any class. Not only students will benefit. Almost anyone with a need to do some calculation or some light play or video chat, away from work to home or office will find use for a netbook. Photographers and journalists alike Road Warrior and other professionals will enjoy the small form factor netbooks and their versatility.
With technology advancing every year, every month, electronics also get cheaper. It used to be laptops, which would cost a small fortune, but you can now is for a fair price. Netbooks although cost even less. You can get a netbook for about $ 400, which is ready for use. With more and more places Wi-Fi, offering services, will be able to get online with your netbook from several places away from the office or home.
Video is great! Video chat is a big deal! And netbooks and hotspots, where you can video chat sipping coffee. Most come with an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam, great for sharing photo, digital photo album and movies on the net.
Netbooks are the hot trends in the computer industry, as well as for the cause. Ultraportable even more powerful, netbooks do great secondary machines for desktop computers. They are ideal travel companions. 2008 saw a growth of various models of the brand.
He began with a motherboard manufacturer Asus, and other well-known computer brand has released their own incarnations of Asus’ Eee netbook. For potential buyers, here in the run-down on top of netbook six models.
* MSI Wind U100
MSI Wind U100 has a great opportunity to make it a great buy and stand among the netbooks on the market. With 10-inch LCD screen (as opposed to seven inches), netbook this model is easier to work. The keyboard is also one of the best of them to market, and it is very convenient to use something so small. Perhaps the only netbook to reduce this model is that it uses a 3-cell, so that only the short battery life.
* HP 2133 Mini-NOTE
HP mini note unique in the netbook market for some functions, including the metal case, VIA C7-M processor instead of Intel Atom and ExpressCard slot, which allows you to use your laptop expansion cards, such as cellular, digital camera and wireless WAN card. All told, this model netbook can double as a business system, although it is rather more expensive compared to other models.
* Lenovo IdeaPad S10
Netbook This model can be later netbook market, but its remarkable features allow you to look at him. Like the HP Mini Note, it ExpressCard slot and wireless WAN, as the MSI Wind U100, it also has a 10-inch LCD screen. The best part of the Lenovo netbook is that it is very easy to upgrade the hard drive or memory? You just have to open an easy access to the control panel. However IdeaPad S10 now has only a 3-cell battery is not Aftermarket batteries are available. In addition, he has only two USB 2.0 ports and noticeably warmer than in other netbooks.
* Dell Inspiron Mini 9
Netbook This model is perhaps the only netbook, which operates in complete silence because of its solid-state disk, and its lack of cooling fans, although the reasons for this unit will be very warm with prolonged use. Access to the bar at the bottom of the shell with a willingness to provide users with access to major components, like memory, solid-state drives and mini-PCI-card.