Do More Wireless HotSpots Mean Better Connection Experience?

Do More Wireless HotSpots Mean Better Connection Experience?

Well, maybe not. Considering the technology behind wireless networks, more hotspots could only mean a crowded environment. With more and more connections squeezing themselves into the same frequency, the only expected result is chaos. Users can expect to get either a very slow connection or an unreliable one. Either way, they are not going to like the experience.

This is the issue that providers are trying to address as London is fast becoming a wild wireless hotspots for commuters. Open up your Wi-Fi phone in a busy London borough and it will detect some 30 wireless signals that you can possibly tap onto. The situation is not helped by more industry players providing free Wi-Fi in and outside the London area. These providers see offering a hotspot to be a very viable mode of advertising. People connecting to their network will be greeted by their company’s home page. And in that home page lies lots of advertising slots that other companies can lease or buy.

Virgin Media and O2 have successfully laid out their free Wi-Fi projects over at the London Underground and Westminster, respectively. And they are looking for an expansion to other London boroughs such as Chelsea and Kensington. The more hotspots there are, higher are the chances of connectivity. That’s the aim of these free Wi-Fi providers. And it’s understandable why consumers can only be too glad about the prospect of getting something out of nothing.

But as the 2.4GHz frequency gets crowded, there will be lesser chances of reliable connection. And at that point, consumers would wish that they could pay for the service instead. Here is where people will want to go back to the ever-reliable Ethernet cable connection. Some would start thinking about switching to the higher 5GHz frequency band, although many wireless devices do not support that technology yet.



Belle says:

There is wireless hotspots all around where I live, but I swear my phone and computer do NOT benefit from them at all. Very frustrating, but what do you do? Not a whole lot…

Katie says:

I’ve never hard problems with multiple wireless hotspots, though it does annoy me when my phone is searching for stuff while driving. I’m sure I could change that ,but it seems complicated. Also, I live near really really tall buildings, which don’t help for my mobile service.


Sandra says:

I think that’s awesome how Virgin and O2 developed a free hotspot network across London. I’d like to see this kind of thing in US cities. Hotspots here are mainly limited to commercial offerings such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, Home Depot, Burger King etc. I don’t think there’s enough of them to worry about too much congestion.

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