So I travel ALOT! I mean 3 or 4 times a month. Now I understand that at any given time, there can be 30-150 people on a Hotels WiFi, depending on where you are.
How is it, that If I am on a Cell tower "And I could be wrong about the numbers, but I assume more than the total number of people staying at a hotel or even 5 hotels in that area!!!???" getting one bar of 4G or 3G I am still able to maintain 3 to 4mbs Down on my Smartphone, yet a Hotel's WiFi, I can't even get 200kbps? Even on their in room wired connections?
Ok, Free WiFi yes I know, nothing comes good for free, but some of these hotels charge a rate of $10 for their "Premium" Service, and even that only gets you maybe 1Mb Down/500 kbps Up. To me, charging an extra $3 to $5 dollars a night for a hotel to get decent internet doesn't seem like a bad trade off. That being Said I might as well pay an extra $50 bucks a month a share my data from my phone. Its 2012 people almost 2013, this to me, well IMO anyways should NOT BE AN ISSUE!
Answer by Griff · Oct 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Cellular towers have a giant bandwidth pipe that can support a large number of users downloading simultaneously. This pipe can support a HUGE amount of data. They're designed to meet the demands of thousands of users.
Hotels on the other hand usually use a much slower connection. Even a 20 MB connection could feel really slow if a handful of users are browsingYouTube or Netflix. Hotels have to support a large number of users that are all chocking the network. A lot of hotels won't bother to install the proper infrastructure to give everyone in the hotel a strong connection.
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