A radius of approximately 300 feet, a "hotspot" is an area that enables wirelessInternetaccess. For example, if your laptop is properly equipped with a wireless card, you can access the Internet without having to be connected by phone line or cable if you are in a hotspot.
You will see coffee shops such as Starbucks, advertise that they are hotspots. Unlike
piggybacking onto a wireless network, you must usually pay per day or hour to access the net via a hotspot.