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December 5, 2010 3:24 PM Subscribe
Hotel WiFi - Why is Ubuntu getting much better bandwidth than Windows?
posted by Esefa to Technology (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I pay the minimum flat rate for wifi internet in my hotel, which gets me .4mbps and download speeds around 60kb.
I have a laptop and desktop, running Windows XP and 7 respectively.
I wanted to try out Ubuntu 10.10 for giggles, so I installed it on my laptop using an old spare hard drive. Worked great! So great in fact, that my internet speed became waaaay better, actually usable! I verified this with bandwidth speed tests and some test downloads. With Ubuntu I get around 3mbps.
I called the 24hr tech support for the wifi and explained my situation, I mostly wanted to make sure I wasnt being charged for a faster speed that I didnt opt for. They verified that I was still paying the low rate, and they seemed to not be bothered or surprised that I was getting better speeds..
My question is - how or why is ubuntu bypassing the hotel router's speed limit, and how can I get my windows machines to do the same?