Since I stay in a lot of hotels on business and personal travel, I tend to get Internet from the hotel a lot as well.
This past trip, we were in a series of Hampton Inns on the back end of the trip. Since I had three laptops and two tablets (and occasionally a couple phones) we had a lot of connectivity going on.
I decided to do a bit of comparison of the devices and internet speed. For the speed checks, I used the reliable DSLReports.com.
A couple ground rules. First, I established that my tablet measured the same speeds as my laptop. Testing was done one device at a time, when the others were not doing any high-bandwidth stuff like streaming. The three laptops were always within a couple Kbps of each other when testing.
Given all that, here are the cumulative results of five tests I did, at different points during the evening, late evening, and morning.
The first question I had was “do you actually get more bandwidth with the premium service”. The answer is pretty clearly, yes. The premium charge was $4.95 per day. In two of the cases, there is a small increase, but in the other three cases, it was significant.
I was surprised at the amount of bandwidth being used for uploading. Most network transactions on the web are a short request, followed by a lot of data coming back. It seems that some of the bandwidth that is available for uploads would be better used for servicing the downloads.
I think my reaction is that if you need to maintain a stable VPN, or you are running big downloads like Exchange, the premium is usually worth it.