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jwlittle5
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jwlittle5,
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10/1/2014 | 3:16:18 PM
Let's Look at Hotel WiFi Services
"It would be great for Wefi to rank average WiFi speeds at large hotel chains, especially those that offer it for free."

Why dig up dirt about hotels offering free WIFI?  I commend them for offering that service and am willing to accept modest speeds as long as they are reliable.

Instead, why not focus first on the hotels that charge for WIFI? What level of service do you get for your money?  I'd bet many of those aren't broadband speeds either.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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10/1/2014 | 1:24:32 PM
Re: Speed is great but what about security?
The biggest problem I have with working in coffee shops is this exact problem. While I usually go to Starbucks to work, there are people using streaming services like YouTube that slow down the overall connection for everyone.

I had hoped the switch from AT&T to Google for Starbucks would alleviate this somewhat, but that has not happened. Yet. 
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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10/1/2014 | 11:20:51 AM
Re: Speed is great but what about security?
I find most coffee shop wifi unusable, so do the same: Fire up the 4g mobile hotspot.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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10/1/2014 | 9:37:21 AM
Re: WiFi over coffee
Pedro, 

Yes. And with personal mobile connections available if you have the possibility it's always better to stick to your own connection. Still, I am surprised of the low speed connection they have. 

Many times I use the WiFi in coffee shops in Finland and it's always fast. But then again, broadband is a legal right here so even the slowest connections are fast and in broadband category. 

-Susan
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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10/1/2014 | 9:27:48 AM
Re: WiFi over coffee
@ Susan.  I was surprise about that as well.  Even though, it is advertise as Wifi, it provides low speeds. If that is the case, I prefer to connect to the Internet via my cellular provider.  I wouldn't give my coffee for such low Wifi speed.  In addition to the low speed, their wifi is unsecure. 
jagibbons
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10/1/2014 | 6:51:09 AM
Re: Speed is great but what about security?
I've been in a number of Starbucks that have two very similarly named wireless networks. I have to believe that one is legit and the other is out there waiting to grab my login credentials. My preference for security and bandwidth is to fire up the mobile hotspot on my Verizon 4G LTE phone. It's more secure and open WiFi and certainly a heck of a lot faster.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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10/1/2014 | 3:52:07 AM
WiFi over coffee
According to a report, "With coffee shops becoming a popular destination for both work and play, bandwidth connectivity has become a key differentiator for businesses especially as 39 percent of Americans would rather give up coffee over Wi-Fi, according to a recent Broadcom survey."

I believe anyone in the world would rather give up coffee over WiFi. 

What I find insteresting is how slow the Interent is in those coffee shops in the US that is not even in the category of broadband. 

-Susan
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/30/2014 | 10:40:14 PM
Improved from AT&T
"Google provides the WiFi service at most Starbucks locations, though some stores still rely on AT&T. Wefi didn't specify whether it tested both Google- and AT&T-backed Starbucks stores or only those with Google."


Too bad they didn't specify. I'd be curious. Even though San Francisco isn't far from Google's HQ, most of the Starbucks around here seem to still use AT&T-- and man, it's slow. Sometimes it's so slow, I start to suspect the Starbucks is limiting the speed in order to displace laptop-toting people who've been taking up table/chair space all day.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/30/2014 | 5:29:18 PM
Re: Speed is great but what about security?
It would be very interesting to see whether malware acquired though public WiFi nodes is correlated more with one particular company than another.
patzanella
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patzanella,
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9/30/2014 | 1:59:00 PM
Speed is great but what about security?
Eric, very good post as i have always been curious the level of WiFi service experience between Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts locations. The item I noticed missing was relating to security of the WiFi provided. Did the wefi report make any mention as to the level of security used in these WiFi deployments? 


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