Have you ever been frustrated by slow Wi-Fi connections in your hotel when you're on vacation? I know I have. You pay a boatload of cash for a room and then the Wi-Fi is spotty and slow. It can be really frustrating.
Now, you can see which hotels have best Wi-Fi thanks to Open Signal, a website and app that helps you find the best Wi-Fi and data network reception in your area. Open Signal collects data from its app users to find out the average Wi-Fi speeds at popular hotels across the country.
It then graphs these speeds on a map to compare them to the cost of a hotel room. There seems to be a connection between room price and faster Internet, but there are some exceptions.
If you want to learn about specific hotels and their Wi-Fi speed, try this site before you book your next room.
So, is hotel Wi-Fi even worth it? Most of us data plans from cell providers and can turn our smartphones into hot spots, after all. Open Signal thinks it is. It turns out average hotel speeds are still much faster than data plan speeds, even 4G LTE.
Open Signal didn't just look at hotels. It found that Starbucks' new Google Wi-Fi is about 80% faster than its old AT&T service. It can also be used to find free Wi-Fi locations in nearby areas, and even compare which mobile provider offers the strongest connection.