Overview Free WLAN (Wireless Local
Area Network)--the practice of offering free wireless Internet
connections--is becoming increasingly popular. Proponents claim that free
broadband Internet connections should be available to all people;
opponents claim that nothing is free, and the ISPs that provide the
service ultimately have to pay for freeloaders. Read the links below to
learn more about Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) and free WLAN.
Wireless Technology Want to learn
how to set up your own wireless LAN? Read about Bluetooth
article discusses how to set up a wireless network. www.wi-fiplanet.com/
is one of the largest Web sites dedicated to 802.11b technology. You can
find prices and specific product descriptions of different Wi-Fi devices here and here.
Pros and Cons There's plenty of
controversy over Wi-Fi. Whether it's security, ethical, or risk issues,
everyone has an opinion. The links below lead to news and articles about
the risks and benefits of free WLAN technology.
Accessing free WLANs Both v4.jiwire.com
and WiFinder have
searchable listings for public places that offer wireless LAN access. Looking for renegade LAN access? Learn about
warchalking--the practice of using a chalk mark to indicate the presence
of a wireless access node--here