Mobile Hotspot Buyer’s Guide

Poking around the annals of technology, you’ll probably come across a few product names that didn’t quite do justice to the items they represent. The names of those products needed time to mature, as did the technology itself.
It’s still happening: Try “mobile hotspot” on for size.
A hotspot is a place where you can connect your netbook, notebook, or smartphone so you can log on to the Internet. That much is obvious to most of us.
But what does “mobile” mean? Does that mean the hotspot moves around? Do we have to chase it? Or will it find us? Worse still, how do you buy (or sell) a mobile hotspot?
Contrary to the way it’s been treated so far, mobile hotspot technology is something all mobile professionals should know something about. Besides, over the next 10 years it’s probably going to be the predominant way we connect with anything — or anything will connect with us.
Let’s start by describing the most basic form of hotspot: That wireless router you have in your home or apartment creates a hotspot that you use to connect (wirelessly) to the Internet with your desktop, notebook, or netbook. When you lug your laptop to Starbucks or any other location that supplies you with a similar environment, you’re using a hotspot they’ve created for you and their other customers.
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