How to Use AT&T WiFi

by Eric Cedric

AT&T offers free Wi-Fi service in many places as well as a pay-as-you-go service in others. You need a Wi-Fi-equipped device to pull in the signal. AT&T wireless subscribers can access the networks through their smartphones. The benefits of using Wi-Fi include being able to communicate in real time, surf the 'Net while waiting for flights or downloading music and movies when on the go.


Turn on the air card or wireless on your computer or smartphone. Check your wireless signal and confirm you are on the AT&T network by checking your network preferences.


Open a browser. For free services in public places such as airports or coffee houses, check the "Accept Terms of Use" button. Hit "Enter" and wait for the acceptance screen.


Surf the Web or use the AT&T data network as needed.



Insert an AT&T-powered USB Wi-Fi device into your computer's USB hub. Check your network preferences to see you are receiving an AT&T Wi-Fi signal via its 3G network.


Open a browser, email program or application that allows data access. Surf as normal. The AT&T Wi-Fi USB connections may be slower because it uses the 3G network.


Close out the programs and eject the USB Wi-Fi device when done with the session.


  • check Set up a firewall or secure password when using the USB Wi-Fi device as others may be able to use it without you knowing.
  • check As a rule, Wi-Fi USB hubs are good for basic data transfer or emailing, but are not recommended for music or movie downloading (also, your monthly usage is metered, so you go through your allowed download amount quickly when downloading).

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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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