What exactly is a hotspot

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In simple terms, hotspots are places where you can access a WiFi network. Such hotspots can be found in many public or semi-public institutions. We explain more about hotspots and how they work in this tipps + tricks article.

What is a hotspot?

Hotspot means literally translated from English "hot spot" or "hot spot". However, the whole thing can also be meant as a contact point for many people. The latter definition is actually more of the actual meaning: You can access the Internet with your mobile device at a WLAN hotspot. So you can use the Internet with your smartphone even when you are out and about, without using mobile data directly. A hotspot is a network created by a provider or host that you can then access. The WLAN host can decide for itself whether its Internet contact point is publicly accessible to everyone, or whether a password is required.

By the way: Sometimes there is even more specifically the "OWLAN". This term stands for "Open WLAN" and means that the operator makes this Internet network available to everyone free of charge.

Where can I find hotspots?

As described above, you can use a hotspot in many public places. This could be restaurants, bars or hotels, for example. In addition, in some cities there is a public network in squares or in parks. Most of the time, you can also find WiFi at airports and train stations. So you can access the Internet while on the go without having to use your mobile data on your device.

By the way: You can also set up a WiFi hotspot yourself with your smartphone. Then you can use the mobile data of your smartphone when you are out and about, for example to go online with your laptop when there is no public hotspot nearby. In doing so, however, your mobile data will be used up. You can find out how to set up a hotspot with your smartphone in this article.

Does the use of a hotspot cost anything?

This question cannot be answered per se. Each hotspot operator can decide for himself whether the connection is chargeable or free. One cannot make general statements about the pricing either. For example, many hotel operators offer a hotspot that is free for overnight guests. Often you will then receive a slip of paper with the WiFi password upon check-in. Many fast food chains now also have public WiFi hotspots - sometimes even without a password.

A chargeable connection is offered in some other locations, for example at airports. Most of the time you either pay a flat rate for your stay or for a fixed time, for example 2 hours. Then the operator will activate you for this time at his hotspot and you can use your device to access the WLAN there while you are out and about.