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Five Stars No Service – Hotel Broadband Falling Behind Home Network Speed

Posted by riverbedtest on January 16, 2009

A mint on the pillow and a "complimentary" robe may be relics of a bygone era hotel stays but that does not mean that today's business travelers are any less demanding of their homes away from home than their predecessors when they are on the road.  While hotels tout beds with names like "Heavenly" and  "Serenity", they provide little comfort to a mobile worker sentenced to connectivity hell.  A good nights sleep maybe crucial for a successful day, but getting work done while away is an even bigger priority for most itinerant road warriors. 

The New York Times recently featured a story on how hotels are struggling to cope with the increasing strain that business travelers are putting on their networks.  The article pointed out that until recently the vast majority of hotels were supporting guests with 1.5mbps T1 lines that offered inferior performance to most homes cable modems (usually 3-5mbps).  Even as hotels rush to upgrade their links, this highlights one of the many challenges confronting mobile workers striving to operate away from the office, locations where variable speed links that are easily overwhelmed by multiple users. 

Steelhead Mobile offers a solution to the challenges of location and link by maximizing bandwidth.   By eliminating redundant data from crossing the network and streamlining transportation and application layer requests Steelhead Mobile allows mobile workers to control the uncontrollable.  The result, less time in progress bar purgatory and more "Sweet" dreams.  

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