What exactly is "wi-fi"?

@olisaur (1931)
United States
December 23, 2009 6:17pm CST
I've seen signs that say "Free Wi-Fi" in a lot of coffee shops and cafes around town. What exactly does that mean? w
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@gunagohan (3415)
• India
24 Dec 09
WI-FI It is Wireless Fidelity.. The running generation now, u can see this wi-fi in colleges, coffee shops, malls, railway stations and much more, when ever u carry ur laptop to any of these places, u can browse the internet..
@EARLZHAN (934)
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
Exactly friend you got the right answer. Wi-Fi means wire less Fedility it is one of the most great discovery in information technology. Instead of using those octopus like UTP cables, the signal for internet connection is being suplied wireless. To use Wi-fi Your computer or Laptop, notebook mobile phone must have Wi-fi Features. There are two types of Wi-fi connection, Secured and non secured. They Usually use secured Wi-fi Connection in offices and internet Shops it means that you need to enter a password before you can use the Wifi connection. Non Secure is being used in malls, coffee shops, restaurants, parks and etc.
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
24 Dec 09
well and good.....I'm an Engineer!!!!! Cheers!!!!!
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Basically it is just wireless internet and if you are at a place that has it and you bring your lap top in you should be able to get connetected to the internet. You are using your own machine usually when you do this so no one can get any of your information. They would have to get a hold of your lap top to be able to trace anything, it is safer then using a computer at the library or some place like that where you have to log on to someone else's computer.
@maezee (39821)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Wi-fi, to me, has always just been a wireless internet connection. Meaning you can get it on your phone, your laptop, or your desktop computer without having to hook up any cords to connect your computer to an outlet. It's nice. I don't find too many places with free wi-fi, anymore, though, for some reason.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
24 Dec 09
It means you can go in there with your laptop and get a wireless connection to the internet. Just ask the waitress for a connection and she will tell you what to do. Yes, info on your computer can get stolen so don't let other people read your computer screen too much and try to get high grade password strengths. That means your passwords must have letters and numbers in a combination. Those are the strongest.
@drakesuyat (1063)
• Philippines
24 Dec 09
wifi is a wireless network that enables you to connect to the internet and network at a high speed. it is being termed as wireless fidelity but wifi actually is only a trademark for IEEE 802. IEEE means Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. People on this organization develops standard for computers and electronics. therefore IEEE 802 are standards for local area network.merry christmas olisaur
@chriszh22 (433)
• China
24 Dec 09
I think Wi-Fi means wireless internet access. You can access internet use your laptop or mobile which with wirelss equipment. I use wifi at home and sometimes in office, it's very convenient hehe.
@samafayla33 (1856)
• United States
24 Dec 09
wifi is free wireless networks for your laptop, i have a router in my home and use it on a daily basis with my laptop
• United States
24 Dec 09
Wi-Fi is Wireless Internet, I've gone to Starbucks and places that offer it so I can get on the Internet with my laptop. You usually have to pay $2.95 or some sort of fee around that price to use it, usually you can use it for a few hours before having to pay for it again. Wireless isn't always secure, you can't be sure someone isn't going to get your information. If a hacker knows what their doing than they can get your information even if your under a security enabled wireless connection, their resources and knowledge is endless.
• United States
24 Dec 09
Wi-Fi is just an internet connection. Now I don't know about your computer being hacked through it, I'm sure it possible could. I mean any computer can get hacked if you're in the same network but I don't think the possiblity of it happening is great and normally places have some sort of firewall or protection against it. Plus there might be stuff for your computer, I'm not too sure. I use a MAC so there isn't really much I have to worry about with computers and I've never had an issue when using WiFi. I know my campus uses it and also I'm constantly at Starbucks studying for school.