A location that offers wireless internet access, typically using the 802.11 (or Wi-Fi) standard. Hotspots can be found in public libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, airports and many other types of places. In some instances, the internet access is offered for free--all you need is a Wi-Fi-enabled notebook PC. Some hotspots use a commercial service and require you to pay for the service by signing up using a credit card with an online form on your notebook PC. Fee-based hotspots typically offer access by the hour, day or month.