Anyone who is traveling can tell you what a great convenience a laptop or handheld computer is. That device, along with an Internet connection, can keep the traveler in touch with home, business, personal interests, and all the other "online necessities" of modern life. Most laptop computers sold these days include built-in high-speed wireless, or "Wi-Fi," networking.
The range of Wi-Fi wireless connections is limited. The user must be within 100 to 200 feet of a base station, called an "access point" or a "hotspot." The popularity of Wi-Fi networking, coupled with this limited range, has created an entire industry that did not exist six or seven years ago: providing Internet access at hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, convention centers, airport lounges, and other locations frequented by travelers. These hotspots allow the traveler to connect to the Internet at high speeds to check e-mail, surf the web, and more. Some of the access points are free and open to everyone while others require a payment by credit card or membership in a commercial service.
If your society is planning to hold a genealogy conference, you might think about providing Wi-Fi Internet access for your attendees. If you publicize the availability of such access well ahead of time in your conference brochures, you may encourage more people to attend. You may be surprised at the low costs of providing Internet access. In fact, when divided by the number of attendees who will use the service, Wi-Fi access costs per attendee become very reasonable.
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