We’ve all been there. In a hotel room, laptop in lap, coffee in hand attempting to connect to some semblance of a Wi-Fi connection only to discover (as we do every time) that … “What?! This hotel’s Wi-Fi sucks!”
You’re not alone. It’s the same story every time. Upon check-in, you’re promised a large, luxurious bathroom, a pristine swimming pool, a comfortable queen-sized bed and, the holy grail: free Wi-Fi. What they fail to mention is that their Wi-Fi is slow. Like, really slow. Like, I-could-have-downloaded-this-file-faster-on-my-1993-dial-up-connection-FORGET-IT-I’ll-just-go-for-a-swim-in-the-pristine-swimming-pool-because-this-is-mind-numbingly-slow slow.
So what’s a traveler to do? Here are a couple suggestions:
Stay at hotels that offer a fast and reliable connection
This one is obvious, but finding these hotels can be the tricky part. I’ve yet to visit a hotel’s website and see “Wi-Fi so slow it’ll make you want to cry yourself to sleep on your queen-sized pillowtop mattress” listed under room amenities. So to find an honest assessment of the speed and reliability of a hotel’s Wi-Fi, you’re better off visiting www.hotelwifitest.com. There you’ll find a list of hotels that offer respectable Wi-Fi conveniently organized by city. The site also provides other useful details, like whether it’s a paid or free connection, the maximum, expected and minimum speeds reported as well as an overall Wi-Fi star rating.
Turn an Ethernet connection into your own Wi-Fi hotspot
Don’t have the luxury of staying at a hotel whose Wi-Fi is sufficient? Not to worry. The D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger (DIR-510L) is just the ticket. This handy product lets you transform an Ethernet connection into a wireless one so you can connect all your devices to a fast(!!) and reliable(!!!) network in minutes. Actually, scratch that. Gizmodo says it better: “… with D-Link’s new AC750 compact wireless router, you can turn that tethered internet lemon into delicious wireless lemonade.” You just plug the Ethernet cable into the back of the Portable Router and connect your laptop, smartphone or tablet to the Portable Router’s wireless network and it will take care of the rest.
Travelling shouldn’t mean bad Wi-Fi, and it doesn’t have to. Next time you’re on the road, either stay somewhere with good Wi-Fi, or take matters into your own hands and create your own hotspot with D-Link’s new Portable Router.