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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?

At first, I thought it would be sort of difficult to answer this. The only options are hotel WiFi and 4G/LTE, and it's not always easy to do much about the speed of those. (Except for the fact that ...
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How is it possible for a hotel to have Wifi but no internet access?

I think that the websites are confusing terms. I have also seen this on AirBnb where places have separate checks for WiFi and Internet. I think that what they actually mean is: WiFi - non-wired ...
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Is there an "internet anywhere" device I can bring with me to visit the developing world?

I suspect you may be barking up the wrong tree here. In short, satellite Internet is likely vastly more expensive and limited than you expect, while regular old cellular networks are likely far more ...
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How to safely use password-protected websites on internet cafe computers

If the security is password only, the answer is that you can't: if they're logging your keystrokes, your password will be compromised, period. However, the best two-factor authentication system while ...
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How is it possible for a hotel to have Wifi but no internet access?

I actually know of a hotel, which has free WiFi but charges for Internet access. Through the free WiFi, you can access the hotel's internal entertainment system, order room service, check out, "call" ...
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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?

There are few workarounds in this situation : ask the front desk to allocate a room next to a WiFi hot spot. This will allow you to bypass coverage problems (from one room to another, the coverage ...
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How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?

I traveled all the way through the USA from the east coast to the west coast, by car and RV. I thought about getting a UMTS / LTE stick for my Notebook, too. But there really wasn't any need for this. ...
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Can I use a personal satellite phone/Internet connection as a passenger in a plane?

Technical Aspects The key part of the quote about pilots leaving the sat phone on the dash is the 'dash' part. The dash is under a glass surface, which is almost completely transparent to RF signals ...
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Is there an "internet anywhere" device I can bring with me to visit the developing world?

You're overlooking the fact that mobile telephony is a far more efficient way of connecting people in remote areas than is wiring up everyone's home. Governments and telecommunications companies, at ...
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How fast is the Internet on board Iceland Air flights?

It will depend a lot on how many other passengers are using the service, not only in your aircraft, but also in other aircrafts within the same region. Icelandair is not throttling the speed ...
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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?

A simple trick to use - especially if browsing the web is very slow, is to change the DNS settings on your laptop for that WiFi connection. I generally use Google's public DNS servers which are 8.8.8....
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How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?

You can walk into any large carrier store - AT/T or T-Mobile in your case (since you probably have a GSM phone), and ask for a prepaid SIM card. No address proof, I don't even think they check your ID....
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How fast is the Internet on board Iceland Air flights?

Below is a screenshot from the flight, flying above Europe: Download: 7.55 Mbps, Upload: 0.47 Mbps, Ping: 688 ms I was even able to make a Telegram call onboard without issues. However... once we'...
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Can I read my Gmail while traveling in China?

Because this question appears as one of the first suggestions on Google, I thought I would give an updated answer as of July 2019. You cannot access any Google services in China without a VPN or a ...
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How is it possible for a hotel to have Wifi but no internet access?

I can only speak for hostelworld.com which I use a lot, the difference there is pretty clear to me: Free WiFi This means Wireless LAN is available in the facility, but not necessarily everywhere. ...
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Best way for a tourist to access the Internet in the UK?

Internet is everywhere in the UK. You can buy a wifi dongle with prepaid sim card in any mobile phone store on any network. The price is reasonable - about £15 for the dongle itself, which include 1 ...
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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?

I can only tell you what I do. First, pick a chain of hotels and stick with them. I always stay at a certain band of hotels and this gives me the ability to know going in that I am less likely to have ...
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Who is a good provider for mobile internet in Switzerland?

It is not correct that you cannot buy a SIM Card if you are not Swiss. You can, and many do every day. The best coverage in Switzerland is offered by Swisscom (especially in more remote areas). ...
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Any free WiFi facility in Germany (Munich and Frankfurt Central Stations) or any closed place nearby?

Yes. DB, the German railway company, offers Wifi hotspot service at selected important stations which allow free surfing for 30 minutes. According to their page (in German; cannot find an English ...
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How to do a web search in English in China without a VPN

I usually end up using Bing if it's something I have to search for in English, even though it's really primitive and low quality in every way compared to Google. If it's something I think I might be ...
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What is currently the most reliable VPN for China?

The most reliable VPN would be the one you host yourself at your home router. You might not get a very good speed, but it will be the most resilient against getting blocked. To start, a bit of info ...
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How to cope with too slow Wi-Fi at hotel?

You can get a better Wi-Fi antenna. A lot of wireless issues are simply due to poor coverage and crappy access points (consumer-grade gear is garbage and OSes are way too optimistic about displaying ...
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If I go to Singapore, where can I get internet for my cellphone?

There is a free Wifi system, which is available at many locations around Singapore called Wireless@SG. To connect to the network you need to be able to receive a SMS to a mobile phone (not ...
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Is there an "internet anywhere" device I can bring with me to visit the developing world?

The other answers highlight why mobile networks might actually be your best bet for connectivity. LTE is available in all but the most remote places. I'd only consider satellite service as an ...
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Can you do a phone call or telconf through Skype or Google Plus when traveling on the ICE in Germany?

German ICEs have some coaches that are considered to be "quiet zones" and some coaches are "talking zone". There are symbols on the walls that tell you what zone you are in. The symbols can be seen ...
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How to do a web search in English in China without a VPN

From my personal experience (Jun 2016) Yahoo works better than Bing in China, although both indeed work and not blocked as stated by @hippietrail above. Bing also has a nice online translator: http:/...
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How available is Internet in Sierra Leone?

3G internet in Sierra Leone (which I'm currently using to write this answer :-)) is surprisingly good in Freetown, major cities like Bo and most spots on the peninsula. It's expensive by international ...
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What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?

Fret not, travel.stackexchange.com works just fine :D For other services, however, currently there are over 2700 sites blocked in Mainland China. Wikipedia maintains a list of popular sites or ...
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Recommended VPN in China

A bit of advice to choose and use a good VPN in China: Don't pick the most famous VPN services, since they get blocked more often Choose one that offers different protocols to switch between. ...
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How to safely use password-protected websites on internet cafe computers

The correct behaviour is NOT to trust the computer. When I log in at one, if I can't insert a USB stick with my own copy of Firefox on it for browsing, I'll load theirs up, but will make sure it's ...
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