I have been visiting family in sunny Los Angeles, staying in a motel that advertised Wireless Internet. How back could it be, I thought?
The answer is, pretty bad. Or perhaps more precisely - sporadically, but frequently, horrible. Some times, I got a 56Mbps connection and that was OK. However, more often, the line dropped to 11 Mbps, or even 5.5 Mbps. At those speeds, I had a terrible time doing anything much more than checking e-mail, and even that could be iffy.
I mentioned this to a client while I was there and he agreed, adding: “I won’t stay in a hotel with wireless any more.”
So if you’re on the road and want to do anything more than check email, avoid wireless.