Wi-Fi Woes on the Road: 4 Ways to Improve Your Hotel’s Connection

Wi-Fi Woes on the Road: 4 Ways to Improve Your Hotel’s ConnectionWhen I first check into a hotel, I often pull out my phone to see what the signal strength looks like tonight. Especially as I travel from hotel to hotel in Europe, you truly never know what kind of Wi-Fi you will get from night to night. It can be a feast of fast load times or a famine of watching hourglass icons and spinning balls. If you work while you travel or you merely need to stay connected with the office and emails, poor hotel Wi-Fi can turn a normally sane traveler into a monster seeking its next meal, in this case a strong signal. If your hotel’s Wi-Fi is giving you grief, try these tips to speed up those connection times and actually load a page in this lifetime.

1. Ask Your Hotel To Reset The Router

At a hotel in Spain, I checked in and promptly took out my laptop. I had a lot of work to do and fast, so working Wi-Fi was essential. I immediately was met with next to no signal. My computer just couldn’t join the hotel’s Wi-Fi network. We went to the front desk and over a game of charades and broken Spanish tried to explain the situation. Our phones weren’t even connecting right near the router at the front desk. Finally, we got our message across and the hotel clerk reset the router. Instantly, I had full bars and working Wi-Fi. If you are having trouble connecting to your hotel’s Wi-Fi, it might be a very simple fix. The hotel might just need to reset the router and then you could be online.

2. Change Rooms or Request To Be Near The Router
As I have learned in Spain, you often have to request a room with good Wi-Fi reception. When you book your accommodations, there is often a special request box where you can add any requests you might have. I always request a room with good Wi-Fi reception. Last night, when I checked into my hotel, the woman at the front desk told me my room wouldn’t have the best of receptions. Instead, she moved me to a room closer to the router. You don’t always have to do something hi-tech to make your hotel Wi-Fi workable. Guests should ask to move to a room closer to the router if they are having trouble connecting.

3. Close Out Pages and Programs You Aren’t Using
If your hotel Wi-Fi is crawling along to load a page, you might have too many pages and applications open. To boost your Wi-Fi speeds, you can close out any programs and pages you aren’t using. These are often reloading information and ads and thus slowing down your Wi-Fi speeds.

4. Pack a Few Wi-Fi Tools
If changing rooms or closing out pages you aren’t using doesn’t seem to be boosting your Wi-Fi connection on the road, you can enlist the help of several high-tech tools. Most simply, you should travel with an Ethernet cord. As I have seen traveling around Europe, many of my rooms have had an Ethernet plug. Using the Internet through a wired connection is often much faster than fighting through all of the walls for a Wi-Fi signal and all of the other guests trying to log on to the Internet. You can also purchase a Wi-Fi antenna to help increase your signal strength on the road. These are often very inexpensive but they can amp up your connection significantly. It is also a good idea to travel with a travel router. If you have an Ethernet plug, you can plug this into your own router and enjoy Wi-Fi without being tethered to an Ethernet cable.

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