Wi-Fi is a short-range local wireless networking technology use to connect devices together. While the technology is often used to also deliver an internet connection, the word itself does not necessarily mean internet access.
Wi-Fi also has multiple meanings and contexts when we're talking about mobile internet.
You can create your own local Wi-Fi network using a smartphone, hotspot device or router. Your internet source for these networks might be cellular, satellite or another Wi-Fi network.
But more commonly when we're using the word Wi-Fi as a way to get online while traveling, we're referring to a Wi-Fi network hosted by someone else - such as a campground, marina, cafe or library. Most often, the internet source for these access points is cable or DSL.