Hotspots


    Sounds like something contagious, but it has nothing to do with germs and everything to do with wifi.

    Wifi is broadcast by a radio signal that allows devices with a receiver to connect to the internet. Areas that provide a wifi signal are called hotspots.

    Wifi has a range of around one hundred feet, which means if you are away from home you will run into 'dead zones' where there is no wifi. Large companies get around this with repeaters, which extend the signal through out the entire building. However, they can be large and need a constant supply of AC power to function.

    Lucky for us technology has come to the rescue. Hotspots, are now the size of a car remotes or your Smartphone. Depending on your carrier (AT&T, Sprint, etc.) turning on the hotspot function on your phone might end up costing more money every month. Or it might mean Jailbreaking (is the process of removing hardware restrictions on iOS, Apple devices) or Rooting your Android devices. Surprisingly this is frowned on by Apple and Android, if you decided to go that route you might want to wait until the warranty expires. I rooted my Android Smartphone, and was able to unlock the hotspot functionality. It was really handy and I miss it with my iPhone. Which requires me to set it up with my carrier, for an additional monthly cost more per month. This functionality is already built into the phone, shouldn't you, the consumer, owner, of the device be able to use all of the services?

    Having a hotspot in your pocket means that you are never without wifi. Connected to wifi and the internet anywhere, everywhere, all the time.



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