why does my mifi work better than mcdonalds free wifi?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chstr, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. chstr macrumors 6502a

    chstr

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    I have a cabin in the sticks, way up towards the catskills mountains. no att 3g service at all. there is a mcdonalds in the little town nearby with free wifi. My verizon mifi unit gives me better, stronger, and more consistent service at my cabin in te woods than the mcdonalds free wifi???? I cant really watch hulu too well at the mcdonalds as the signal keeps cutting out, but I can stream hulu without any problems on my mifi... how can this be???? does att severely cripple the wifi that badly? what a crap company IMO
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Wi-Fi signals are subject to interference from nearby electronic devices, such as microwave ovens, other wireless devices, etc. There are probably more interference sources in town than you have in your remote location.
     
  3. JNB macrumors 604

    JNB

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    Not to mention a few more folks taking up the available bandwidth of the free wifi at Mickey D's. Not to defend AT&T, but I wouldn't be too hasty dumping on them in this case, as you're really comparing apples & oranges.
     

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