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Are You Basic...When It Comes To Hotel WiFi?

April 28, 2014 at 5:11 PM | by | ()

Is this chick a basic (internet) bitch?

The worst thing to be, at least according to the Internet, is a basic bitch. You can find out if you're basic or not here.

But if you're staying in a hotel, it's good to be basic. By that we mean, you only use the internet for basic tasks like checking your email, updating your Facebook status, and reading your favorite websites. If you aren't basic, then you're probably going to have to cough up a few dollars to get some high-speed, high-quality internet so you can download you're favorite TV show or movie.

But if you don't mind that Buzzfeed or the Daily Mail takes a minute to load, then go on with your basic self!

Are you a basic internet user? Or do you often pay to get the higher bandwidth option? Tell us what kind of internet user you are in comments below!

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Playing With Roomlinx at Andaz 5th Ave

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  Site Where: 485 5th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
July 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

We usually travel with our laptop, netbook, Blackberry and iPod Touch, so when it comes to in-room Internet, we're all set with free WiFi. But in the past we have been known to use one of those dinky TV + keyboard setups to go online in our hotel room. Since they have free and fast WiFi throughout the hotel, we were surprised to see one of these systems at Andaz 5th Avenue. But then we realized that this was a Roomlinx system—and offers way more than your run-of-the-mill internet access.

Here's our photo gallery tour of some of the Roomlinx features.

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We Can Maybe Live With Wired, If the Wire's Long Enough

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  Site Where: 14750 Conference Center Dr [map], Chantilly, VA, United States, 20151
February 23, 2009 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

The WiFi blues strike again. Or more correctly, the lack-of-Wifi blues are what hit self-confessed geek Wayan Vota who threw his hands in the air at the internet access hell of the Marriott Centerville near Washington DC.

This hotel, admittedly, only claims to have guest rooms with wired internet access; WiFi is reserved for public areas. But wired could be okay, if it wasn't for one problem:

This 4 Star hotel only offers 6 feet of Ethernet cable in its rooms. No Wifi, just a too short cable that I was the third person in line to complain about. Marriott, do not be so cheap. If you cannot manage Wifi, at least give us 10 foot cords so we can hack from bed.

Hear, hear. We're guessing slightly longer cables are not going to break the bank as much as all those complaining people not bothering to stay there again.

[Photo: Wayan Vota]

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In Africa, Depend on Hotel Business Centers for Internet

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  Site Where: P.O. Box 46302, Nairobi, Kenya
September 17, 2008 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

HotelChatter's newest contributing editor Scarlett Lion is filing her stories from Uganda. Every now and then, she'll be sending us dispatches about the hotel scene here and around Africa. Got questions? Send 'em to us and we'll get them answered. Enjoy.

This is actually a hotel business center in San Francisco.

The average internet café, dotted throughout any big city in Africa, will cost less than a dollar an hour. But, it might take about an hour to open your webmail. The average luxury hotel business center, however, will cost about $10 an hour. It will provide the user a connection speed that reminds him or her of the days of AOL and that grinding modem sound, now oh-so-obsolete.

This will be the fastest internet you can find in Africa. And no, it's not fast enough to watch YouTube.

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