Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Free Wifi: you get what you pay for

I have a data Speedtest app on my iPhone and I used it the other day when it occurred to me that the free Wifi at Panera and Barnes & Noble seemed slow.

That's because it was.

Keeping in mind that my home Wifi performance is 14.24 Megabits download and 1.90 Megabits upload, I got these results when I checked the free Wifi:

Panera - .99 Megabits download, .97 Megabits upload

Barnes & Noble - 2.56 Megabits download, .32 Megabits upload

I haven't checked anyplace else, but I suspect other businesses - like Starbucks - aren't significantly better.

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