Hilton Hhonors Wifi vs. Verizon Hotspot

Our family is on a short two-day ski trip in New Hampshire, staying at Hampton Inn & Suites North Conway. The hotel is great, extremely family friendly, and the staff are nice. There’s an amazing mini-water park  inside the hotel, bingo night, movie night complete with popcorn. Just a wonderful place.

Unfortunately, I needed to sneak in a quick Skype TV interview for work Monday morning and was hoping the hotel wifi would be strong enough. In running some speed tests the night before and I was frightened by the results. I’m not a big business traveler, but I’ve heard the hotel wifi can vary significantly and often performs rather poorly.

I’m barely getting 1MB download and upload speeds and about half that:

Hilton Hhonors Wifi Speed Test Results
Hilton Hhonors Wifi Speed Test Results

To be fair, I was testing the wifi at the worst possible time, 9pm on school vacation week. I believe the hotel is nearly full, it will be curious to see if there’s any improvement in the morning.

Thankfully, I also have a Verizon wireless phone with a Mobile Hotspot subscription and that speed test result was much more promising for a Skype video call that needs to have decent quality and no dropouts.

Verizon Wireless Hotspot Speed Test using Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
Verizon Wireless Hotspot Speed Test using Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD

I’ll try to update this post in the AM, once I have a chance to test the hotel wifi again. The safe bet for now will be to use the Verizon HotSpot for the Skype video interview.


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