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I find that public WiFi gets incredibly slow when there's a lot of users, and especially so when there's a lot of other WiFi hotspots active in the general vicinity as well. WiFi speed at resorts is typically poor and often atrocious... — Radish

Second, if the hotel/resort/whatever is sharing a single slow connection among many users, it won't matter much if they're using ethernet or WiFi because the weak link will be the internet connection. ... Just to be clear, it won't make any difference if Starbucks installs ethernet ports at every table. If there are 25 people in Starbucks sharing a wired ethernet network, performance would likely be no better than if they all used WiFi. — stevenjklein

Not so sure - WiFi inherently is a more limited pipe (than using todays cheap wired gigabit routers) so there is more contention for bandwidth/resource and cause of collissions. — Philipo


Got at chance to do some real-life testing. The hotel I recently stayed at had one of these: http://www.ciinet.com/Portals/40/guestLINK/Images/PW1a/PW1A-...
Note the wired Ethernet jack.

My wife used WiFi to connect her laptop. The front desk had given us a long speech about how to use the WiFi along with a card of instructions and another set of last-minute warnings ("remember the capitalization is..."). After a bunch of clicking and typing and agreeing to long sections of fine print, she was all set with Internet connectivity.

Me, I plugged my laptop into the Ethernet jack. Other than the Windows warning ("Is this a private or a public network?") which my wife also got, it just works. No clicking on stuff. No user names. No passwords. No agreeing to pages of fine print. Plug it in. It works.

So I figured I'd run a speed test between the two connection methods, but I decided to wait until today (since it's Valentine's Day and the hotel will be busier).

So today... the wife's laptop can't connect at all over WiFi. Nothing's working. I'm not using my laptop, so I give her my Ethernet cord. She plugs it in, it works, no questions, no nothing. It just works.

So I didn't bother running a speed comparison, since at that point the WiFi speed would necessarily be zero.

Phil
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