lost on the obvious with "wireless"

  david.h 17:15 19 Nov 2004

I understand the way a wirless pc contacts a wirless printer keyboard etc.

But how does a laptop connect in a area described as a wirless hotspot eg city centre or airport etc.

Do you need a ISP with a wirless connection or is it an area of free internet access. I am thinking of getting one next year but do not understand how laptops coonect in these hotstops.

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