ICOA places one ore more small antennas around a location such as an airport, retail store, or campground. These connect your computer via wireless transmission to a high-speed line that routes data to and from the Internet.
The only equipment you need is a small, non-proprietary Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) interface. This interface, available at many locations for short term loan if you need one, plugs into a standard port on your computer. Many computers come with this capability built-in, or you can purchase one at most computer and electronics stores. You do not need to pre-register to use service at most ICOA powered locations. Just open the web browser on your Wi-Fi enabled computer to get started.
In locations where you pay for service using a credit card, ICOA processes your card using a secure transaction. Although rates will vary between locations, you decide how much time to purchase.