2,000 miles of Wireless Internet
As I write this, the Discovery channel is airing a program entitled FutureCar and the automatrix…the promise of a mesh network where seamless and ubiquitious connections allow a host of services where a smart vehicle does an amazing array of stuff because it’s connected.
If my experiences are any indication, we’re a long way off from the promise in this program becoming a reality.
I’ve now been in two chain hotels (La Quinta and mostly Marriott’s) both of whom boast “Free, Wireless Internet”. It’s free but it’s been sloooooow in every single location. I’ve done extensive testing in each hotel and have averaged onlhy 220kbps download and 305kbps upload speeds — I could go faster by connecting through Bluetooth and my Treo via Verizon Wireless! This was done at various times of the day and finally had a tech support guy with one chain’s vendor tell me, “Oh…we throttle the speed due to all the video and stuff people are doing now.” Great. So much for Web 2.0 and free wireless hotel Internet.
The fun-as-hell Verizon wireless-on-the-interstate access I’ve had still amazes me, but there’s no question that a propeller on your beanie is extraordinarily useful connecting this way. Lots of futzing to get and keep the connection running. Sometimes I’d move from location-to-location and it would hang…until I disconnected and reconnected to establish the connection again. Probably due to different providers I was roaming within, but this is still not a solution for Joe Average user.
All that said, we are SO much further along with wireless technology than I would’ve expected for an Internet that’s less than 12 years old (if you want to mark the commercial emergence of the Internet with Netscape’s IPO). I want seamless and easy…and everywhere access that’s FAST.
About Steve Borsch
Connecting the Dots Podcast
Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.