Slow hotel WiFi is annoying.
Some tips in this post will probably help you improve your hotel’s WiFi speed.
But unfortunately, most of the time, you need to buy the technology to help.
And since I’m assuming you’re sitting in your hotel room right now and persistently talking about ridiculously slow internet connections, they may all be useless to you right now.
However, you can use hints to improve your next preparation. Please read through the last few tips as they may be useful today.
How to boost your hotel’s WiFi signal
Often, the signal in a hotel room is not strong enough to provide a fast and stable WiFi connection.
This may be because the room is too far from the router, and thick walls can cause very slow connections.
There’s nothing you can do to boost the WiFi signal in a weak hotel, but you can use a better antenna to pick up the available signal.
The receiving antenna of a mobile phone or laptop is not designed to work on long-range WLANs. The main concern of mobile phones and laptops is that the antenna is compact and attractive.
Therefore, one way to get better speed from a weak Wi-Fi signal in a hotel room is to use a large and ugly USB antenna.
Inexpensive antennas such as the following can help you get a more stable connection even if your Wi-Fi signal is weak in your hotel room.
Of course, it’s not very useful if you’re already in the hotel, but you can order one of these USB antennas now and use it for your next trip.
Or you may be in a hotel right next to your PC accessory store.
You can usually ask the hotel if you can deliver the mail at the front desk, and tomorrow you can deliver it by next day delivery mail.
Get a USB extension cable while you are in it. By combining a USB antenna and a USB extension cable, you can move the antenna in the room. Moving the antenna a few meters can have a significant impact on speed test results.
These antennas are great for increasing the internet speed in your room when the reason for the slow connection is a weak WiFi signal.
However, mobile phones don’t have a USB port, so you can only speed up your laptop.
If you have multiple mobile devices, something like this WiFi Range Extender can help.
This Netgear device also has a large ugly antenna suitable for picking up its weak WiFi signal.
After connecting to the hotel’s WiFi, the small box sets up its own WiFi network.
You can then connect your laptop, mobile phone, or other mobile device to the Range Extender.
Both solutions are only useful if the hotel’s slow internet connection is due to a weak signal.
They still need a fair signal to cooperate. If the WiFi signal in your hotel room is very weak, it’s best to ask to move to another room.
Alternatively, you can try the following tricks to use a wired connection instead of a wireless connection.
Creating A Wired Ethernet Connection In Hotel Rooms
Before wi-fi became commonplace many hotels provided a wired ethernet connection.
In fact, many hotels still do provide wired ethernet.
If you bring a nano travel router that has an ethernet port on it you might be able to plug it into the hotel`s wired network. That way you won`t need to worry about the wifi signal strength at all.
The little device by TP-Link would do the trick.:
Like the range extender, the N300 will create its own wi-fi network, but it will be getting its internet via the wired connection rather than the unreliable internet coming from the wi-fi.
If you enjoy playing games and want to travel with a game console such as PS4, PS5, Xbox One, you can improve the gaming experience in your hotel room with a wired connection.
Many young readers may wonder what an Ethernet port is.
Before Wi-Fi, computers were everywhere, all connected to the Internet with Ethernet cables.
All computers and laptops had an Ethernet connection.
Wired connections are much more stable, have less disconnects, and are much faster.
The results of these speed tests compare the hotel’s wireless connection with the wired Ethernet connection behind the TV.
As you can see, the download speed has almost doubled, the ping time has been halved, and the upload speed has improved. That’s a big difference.
When playing video games online, short ping times are great.
You will need a travel router and your own Ethernet cable to get to this route.
The hotel’s Ethernet port is hidden near your desk or behind your TV.
It’s rarely used these days, so it may be a little dusty. However, they often help make your hotel’s internet connection faster, better and more stable.
How to bypass the hotel’s WiFi throttling
The reason the hotel’s WiFi is slow may not be due to bad traffic lights.
The hotel may intentionally slow down the WiFi speed.
Take a look at this SpeedTest result for the current Hotel WiFi received on your laptop.
Both download and upload speeds are limited to 24Mbps.
When testing the phone and laptop at the same time, both manage 24 Mbit / s.
Therefore, the hotel limits the speed per connection.
You can bypass this type of throttle by combining multiple connections.
So if you have two wireless adapters on your laptop, you can combine the two connections to get 48Mbps.
Alternatively, you can connect using the Ethernet port and WiFi. You can combine the two streams to bypass the speed limit.
To do this, you need software that combines multiple internet connections. Speedify creates desktop software for Windows or Mac OS and apps for mobile phones on Android or iPhone.
The only thing I say is that it’s a little Dick movement. In this case, the hotel limited internet speeds to evenly distribute the available bandwidth to all guests.
Adding and combining multiple WiFi adapters consumes bandwidth and is unfair to guests at other hotels.
Please read the reviews to check your hotel’s internet speed before booking your hotel. You might say that cheap hotels offer internet access, but you don’t have the budget to pay all guests high speed internet access.
How to speed up a hotel’s internet when limiting certain types of traffic
Hotels and ISPs may limit the speed of certain types of Internet traffic.
Some hotels may want to provide a slow internet connection so that they can surf the internet but not download torrents or stream videos.
You may be able to bypass this type of throttle using VPN software.
With a VPN, all your data is encrypted. The hotel or ISP doesn’t know if you want to watch Netflix, download torrents, or limit other activities.
They can’t throttle your internet speed because they can’t see what you’re doing.
VPNs are also great when traveling, especially when traveling abroad.
If you reconnect to your home area via VPN, you will not be suspicious when you log in to online banking.
Your privacy is protected and your security is enhanced.
You can also continue to watch the Netflix series along the way, even if it’s not available in your current region.
Therefore, if the signal is not weak and you think there is no speed limit, use a VPN to see if your internet connection is restricted.
NordVPN offers a 30-day free trial so you can test it before you commit your payment.
Create your own WiFi on mobile hotspots
The point to consider is whether it is better to skip the hotel WiFi and deploy your own internet using the Portable WiFi Hotspot. Buy at Amazon!
There are Huawei hotspots like the one above, and you can always find them in your packing list.
However, you need a SIM card and a SIM card with enough data to insert it. Very convenient when traveling abroad.
Most of these devices also have a decent battery life, so you can carry them on a day trip. In other words, you can use Wi-Fi wherever you are.
Alternatively, you can use mobile phone tethering to share your data with other devices.
How to speed up your hotel wifi depends on the slowing factors.
If the WiFi signal is weak, try using gear with a large and ugly antenna.
Or check the room to see if it has an Ethernet port. Does your laptop have an Ethernet port?
Does the person at the hotel desk have an Ethernet cable? Maybe you are lucky.
Hotel internet is a cheap hotel and can be slow just because you don’t want to pay for high speed internet.
There is not much you can do about it. Check out the hotel reviews next time for anyone mentioning internet speed.
You can probably access the internet by tethering your phone or using a portable WiFi hotspot with your local data SIM card.
Hopefully this post has given you some ideas to try. You may be out of luck on this trip, but be prepared for your next trip.