Roadwarriors take note: 3G faster than hotel wifi consistently

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ScottFitz, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    This was a bit surprising to me. I figured speeds would slow down at peak times at hotels but this is nuts. I guess you've got 50 laptops splitting a DSL connection or something.

    3G is cranking along at an average of 3.25 Mbps. Having the 3G iPad was well worth the wait. (in contrast, hotel is pulling 500kbps at best).
  2. normwood macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2008
    In a house...duh!
    With quite a bit of travel with my Macbook, iPhone 3G and now my 3G iPad....I have come to the conclusion that most motel/hotel wifi BLOWS!

    This past weekend I just gave up and used 3G in the hotel we stayed at. I had to walk 10' down the hall to even get my iPad to see their network. At first I thought it was my iPad, but it was these same with mu iPhone.

    If I hadn't had the 3G option, I would have been pretty dang annoyed.

  3. ScottFitz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    Sad part is that I stay at hotels that routinely set my company back 150-200 a night. Slow speed is just inexcusable.
  4. random person macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
    I generally use my airport express to create my own wireless network and in that instance hotel wifi still tends to beat 3G-- sometimes by a Wide margin.
  5. w00tini macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
    I've often considered exposing these hotels that claim "hi-speed wireless" by youtubing just how bad they really are after 8pm. Stay at a hotel chain that guarantees satisfaction and tell them you'll pay half the room rate because you couldn't get any work done the previous night. It's the only way to get them to realize it is a real problem.
  6. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    I agree. I stayed at a lot of embassy suites and hotels downgraded their wifi speeds to 250-300kps. That's enough to sue basic webpages but not video intensive webpages.

    It also depends if wifi is paid service or free (I was a Hilton Diamond VIP) so it was free for me. But it seemed like half the hotel guests was sone type of Hilton preferred class and they got wifi free also so the wifi was slow.

    On the other side, try using 3G at South Beach hotels like I was at last week in Miami. Barely usable since AT&T network was jammed. I mean I could barely get 15-30kpb with 3G.
  7. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    This is true! When we travelled I was averaging 10 times the speed of my wife's wifi iPad with my 3G iPad.
  8. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    commercial internet expenses are insane. you should be blaming time warner/at&t. if you knew their fees, you'd give thanks every day for your home internet bills.
  9. ScottFitz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    Actually, I pay a commercial bill and a personal bill using
    suddenlink Internet in TX. I get 10+Mbps at home for 50/month (I use dish for my TV). It's a one price for home use thing.

    At work, that same 50 gets me 2 Mbps. For 15 more, I can get 4 Mbps.

    To get the 10+, I'd have to shell out a hundred.

    In the case of hotels that charge 200/night, they need to step up and have true high speed.
  10. ScottFitz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    I do the same thing since I used to carry a MacBook air. Not much faster as the total bandwidth has a limiter per account access. Generally the bandwidth is more limited on the pipe coming in versus the G speeds most of the wireless systems are running.

  11. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
  12. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006

    Correction: It sets taxpayers back $200. Companies write this stuff off.
  13. jreuschl macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    I'm sure wireless strength has something to do with it. Some high-end hotels have a wifi access point in room.
  14. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I quit using hotel WiFi years ago in favor of an air card (now MiFi). Speed is one issue but lack of security is far worse.
  15. Lord Egregious macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    I've stayed at three hotels in the last year and they've all been awful. Two of them were because the access point were far away but the other was full signal with both of my devices and they were awful. I used ATT Edge for one of them just because it was consistent.

    I would have paid 10 dollars a night just to get some decent internet since watching the tv at most hotels sucks.
  16. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Hip-Hop week (whatever that means) overlapping with MDW.
  17. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    wrong crowd here. they also think corps pay taxes; "just tax them more!"
  18. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    have you tried 2Mbps shared between 50-300 guests?
    Next time, try calling a real commercial account.
  19. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    A couple of years ago when I did a lot more personal travel... never had much issue with high-speed internet - though it was much slower than at home (have 10Mbps speeds sometimes here) it was OK. But never had 3G service before my iPad. Looking forward to seeing how upcoming travels turn out.
  20. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    Some friends just got back from "hip-hop week" they said more people there than Superbowl weekend which we were all down there during.
  21. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    DSL blows, what can you expect? Mifi is the way to go. Especially if on the road a lot, and you have no 3G.

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