Why do chain hotels calculate WiFi

Byte traveled: Towing nets

Towing nets

For hotel owners, it usually makes little difference how fast the WiFi they offer in their home is. To advertise it in the catalog or on the website, it just has to be there. For guests, on the other hand, a slow internet connection is as attractive as a balcony over a construction site. I cannot post Instagram pictures. Larger emails clog the outbox. The Skype chat with colleagues keeps breaking off. Or the series that you wanted to watch an episode of before going to bed doesn't want to stream. The up to 20 euros that some hotels add to the bill for WLAN use is enough of a nuisance. But even in luxury hotels, the WiFi is often the same as it was in 2001 - and the problem grows with the number of rooms. The more guests try to tap something from the trickle of data, the faster it dries up. Those travelers who wanted to switch off anyway don't care. For everyone who wants to stay connected on the go, it means stress.

Hotelwifitest.com and speedspot.org are two websites where you can check before booking whether the connection offered in a hotel meets your needs. The speed data made available on the pages are collected from the users. Anyone who is in a hotel can access hotelwifitest.com with their computer and check the capacity of the WLAN offered in a few seconds. Speedspot users use the free app for this. In this way, the databases of the services are completed - and not through personal assessments of the hotel guests, but quite objectively.

hotelwifitest.com, speed test directly on the website
speedspot.org, for the speed test you need the Speedtest app (for iOS and Android, free of charge)

As far as the battery lasts

Experienced hikers know: A well-developed network of trails does not mean that there is a sign on every milk jug. If you hike a lot, you have topographical maps in your backpack, on which, beyond the paths, you can also see buildings or rock structures. With a resolution of 1: 25,000 - the best - there are often even paths and climbs drawn in that even the locals have long since forgotten. Fortunately, cards don't forget anything. The maps in the free SwitzerlandMobility app, for example, cover around 60,000 kilometers of road network. These are divided into routes for hikers, cyclists, mountain bikers, skaters and canoeists. All maps at a scale of 1: 25,000 can be downloaded before the trip at no extra charge. On-site navigation is then carried out using GPS, so it is possible without network reception. However, continuous use of the GPS can reduce the battery life. A disadvantage that paper does not have. After registering on the SwitzerlandMobility website, individual tours with altitude profile, hiking time, length and altitude can be put together and saved for later use. If you don't mind the sponsor logos, which are discreetly placed on the website and in the app, you have reliable hiking companions in both cases.

SwitzerlandMobility for smartphones and tablets, iOS and Android free of charge.