Hotspot refers to a location or device that provides wireless internet access to other devices, often using Wi-Fi. This can be a dedicated device such as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot or a feature on a smartphone or laptop that shares its cellular data connection with other devices.
However, the term isn’t exclusively used when talking about converting cellular data to Wi-Fi, but rather any location where people can access the internet via a wireless local area connection(WLAN).
- Multiple device connection. As a wireless network, it can support multiple different devices at once.
- Emergencies. It can act as a backup when primary internet connections fail.
- Flexibility. It allows tablets and laptops without cellular access to the internet without a wired connection.
Where are hotspots used
If you’re traveling a lot or working remotely without a stable wired internet, you can use your smartphone as a hotspot for your laptop to connect to the internet and avoid roaming charges. Event organizers can also set up hotspots as temporary networks to allow the attendees access to the internet. A local cafe sharing their W-Fi password so their customers can browse while drinking coffee is also considered a hotspot.