Tired of dealing with the pain of the slow and unreliable internet when you’re on the go? Not just you.
It often seems to me like an endless battle, waiting for the pages to load or the application to respond, spending a precious vacation on a blank screen instead of on a beautiful beach.
This means that we have put together a complete set of tips on how to use the small amount of data that flows through your computer or smartphone & best smartwatches as well. Some of them speed up this amazing connection, while some will help you use the small bandwidth you have. However, they are absolutely useful. Let’s face it, the faster you can do things online, the sooner you can get out and enjoy the real reason you’re traveling.
Hardware – With external wireless card
NETGEAR AC1900 Wi-Fi USB 3.0 Adapter for Desktop PCs Dual Band Wifi Stick for Wireless Internet (A7000-10000S)
If you use Wi-Fi on the road regularly (and let’s say most of us), you’re well aware of poor connections and slow speeds. The wireless access point is always as far away from your room as possible, allowing you to stare sadly at a blank page when your connection fails again.
For laptop owners, investing in an external wireless card is crucial. The good ones have powerful transmitters and better antennas that are more than just those on your laptop and provide a stronger and more reliable connection. They will always use networks you won’t notice, even if you can’t connect.
They all work the same way, plug in your computer via USB and they will provide you with a second, usually more wireless network to choose from in the settings.
The Netgear AC1900 is our current choice in this category. It is thin and light, but provides a significant increase in Wi-Fi range. With support for 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, this is a very effective way to speed up Wi-Fi on the go.
Itineraries are also good – RAVPowerFileHub
For those who don’t travel with a laptop, the itinerary will bring powerful Wi-Fi to phones, tablets and other devices. The better ones have a number of features, including signal amplification from your existing Wi-Fi network to provide higher speeds on every device you use.
You can set it up normally from a web browser, then place it where you can find the best Wi-Fi signal and let it do its thing.
One of the better multifunctional tools is RavPowerFileHub. Relatively light and compact, it not only provides more robust Wi-Fi, but also carries a portable battery for charging gadgets powered via USB, SD card reader and more.
If you’re just worried about upgrading to Wi-Fi, check out the Netgear EX6120 instead. It plugs directly into an electrical outlet and offers a wider range than the FileHub or USB versions.
Around the chamber – Clean hotel room
It may sound silly, but a little movement can make a big difference. Interference from microwaves, cordless phones and other electronic devices can damage your wireless signal, while building materials such as concrete radio wave blocks are very effective. Even moving a few feet to the other side of the room can mean the difference between a working connection and a lot of frustration, and the check only takes a few seconds.
If you want to get all the technical aspects, download something like Netspot (Mac) or Heatmapper (Windows) to map the best place to park your laptop. Both are free and give you a visual indication of the best areas of your room for streaming your favorite show.
Switch from wireless to wired
Under good conditions, most wireless networks are much faster than the Internet connection at the end. Unfortunately, such situations are rare, especially in busy urban areas. Each wireless network competes for space in the mass radio spectrum. The more networks you see, the more interference and the worse the connection for everyone. If you can find a dozen or more wireless networks other than the ones you want to use, that’s not good.
Switching to a cable network eliminates this problem. If your laptop has a power outlet and an Ethernet port in your room (they are similar to telephone jacks, but slightly larger), try borrowing a cable and plugging it in. If you find that you do this regularly, take a short Ethernet cable and put it in your suitcase.
If your laptop doesn’t have a power outlet (many non-business laptops don’t have it today), don’t despair – you can add it with a small USB accessory like this. Some itineraries, including the aforementioned RavPowerFileHub, can also create a private wireless connection from a wired connection, which is also available on phones and tablets.
Connect your laptop – Plugs and adapters
Probably the simplest piece of advice: just plug the laptop into an electrical outlet. Most computers can slightly reduce the performance of their wireless card when running on battery power. It’s good to have more time on the screen, it’s not good to see a weak Wi-Fi network in the hall.