Friday, October 11, 2013

Not keeping up - DB ICE w-lan hotspots pointless

We used to be very much at the top of travel comfort, at least what network connectivity concerned. On many routes of the high speed trains within Germany, W-LAN hotspots were installed in the cars, and the network was (not free but) reliable and quite fast. (Which 3G mobile network connectivity usually is not once you're moving at 300kph.)
Now, in the age of the smartphone, unfortunately we learn firsthand what happens if supply does not follow demand... During each of my last train trips, the router was quickly out of IP adresses. Strong signal, wi-fi connection fine, no network layer. Which makes the whole thing extremely pointless. :(

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