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Hotspot is a term from English. Hotspot means “Internet access point” in German. Hotspots are WLAN access points. WLAN is a wireless connection to the Internet. So hotspots are places where you can access the internet with a device like your cell phone.

You can find hotspots in cafes, hotels, restaurants or other public places, for example. You often have to pay money to be able to access the Internet with your mobile phone via the hotspot. These hotspots are password-protected. You can only use the Internet with your mobile phone if you know the password. You enter the password in your mobile phone

But there are also public hotspots that anyone can use for free. For example the hotspot at the “McDonalds” restaurant. Once you have connected to the internet, you are allowed to use the internet for 3 hours for free.

Most of the time, the public places advertise their hotspots with signs. For example, these signs can look like this:

You can also set up a hotspot yourself, for example with your mobile phone. To do this, go to "Settings" on your mobile phone. When you set up a hotspot, other devices can connect to your internet. But be careful who you allow to use your internet. For example, if a device commits a crime through your internet, you are responsible for it.

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This article is part of our "Internet in Simple Language" series.