I’m in Philadelphia this week. I’m staying at the Homewood Suites in Bala Cynwyd. I’ve never stayed at a Homewood property before. This one is nice, I hope I stay here the next time I’m working in the area.
I was happy to see that they provide free wired Internet in the room. The hotel is only a couple years old so I had high hopes for the connection. Wired connections, after all, are usually faster the the flaky wireless you find in many hotels.
Normally I run a speed test on the connection when I first connect. If the hotel connection sucks I’ll use my Verizon card and ask the hotel for a refund on the charges. Since it was free and wired I didn’t bother. That was a mistake.
Navigating to sites tonight was like wading through a pool of molasses. I finally ran a test. This was the best speed I saw from the couple tests I ran. Pathetic! The screenshot doesn’t show how bad the latency was (491ms).
Here’s the result of my Verizon card. Which connection would you use?