Microsoft Windows Vista/7


1. Verify that your Wi-Fi card is turned on.

If you have a hardware switch located on your keyboard, be sure to have your Wi-Fi card powered on.

2. Detect the SSID of the Hautspot network.

The Wi-Fi card should automatically detect the Hautspot network's SSID. Look for something similar to the local venue's name, or ask an attendant if unsure. If more than one network is detected, be sure to select the appropriate SSID. If you normally use a vendor-supplied utility to manager your Wi-Fi connections, launch that and select the appropriate SSID. If you normally use Windows' built-in Wi-Fi manager, the wireless icon in the System Tray should display a small pop-up window, prompting you that there is an available wireless network. Click "Connect to a network."

The applet should then display a list of detected networks. Select the appropriate SSID and click "Connect."

3. Open your web browser.

Open a browser window. If you normally have a blank window (i.e., no homepage or other initial remote page), select any website. You will automatically be directed to the Hautspot portal.

4. Log in.

If you already have a Hautspot (or partner network) account, simply enter your username and password and click Login. If not, click the sign up button on the portal page (if available) and complete the necessary fields to create an account, and click Request Account, purchase a plan from the available button, or request a pre-authorized code from the venue. Remember that by logging into a Hautspot network, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to our terms of acceptable use (viewable from the portal page).

5. Play!

Once you have completed the login process, feel free to browse the web, download files, transfer email...whatever you like. For secure transactions, however, you should consider using a VPN connection to your office.

6. Log off.

First disconnect any VPN connections you may have established. Next, simply close any other internet-connected applications you may have open, including your web browser. Goodbye!