Ideally, you arrive at the airport with just enough time to get through security, pick up something to read, grab a small bite to eat, and then board your on-time flight. This is rarely how it plays out, though. Travelers are often left to languish and occupy their time with smartphones—which can run painfully slow on airport Wi-Fi.
Speedtest (which is owned by PCMag’s parent company J2 Global) set out to find some bright spots by looking for the fastest Wi-Fi at 51 airports in the United States and Canada. The winner is indeed a bright spot, because it’s Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, which had a download speed of 145.12Mbps. Chicago Midway International Airport came in second with a download speed of 105.51Mbps. The two displaced the formerly list-topping Sea-Tac Airport, which fell 4.4 percent to come in third with a download speed of 98.66 Mbps.
Upload speed generally followed the pattern of download speeds with one exception: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had a download speed of just 54.57 Mbps but boasted the fastest upload speed at 203.50Mbps.
No Canadian airports placed in the top 10, but the closest was Calgary International Airport, which came in 17th with a download speed of 69.22Mbps.
Sometimes you get what you pay for. All of the above Wi-Fi speeds are for free airport Wi-Fi. Those with the advantage of access to lounges could get higher speeds. At George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the difference between standard airport Wi-Fi and United Club Wi-Fi, respectively, is an uptick of 1,117.8 percent in speed. Still, at 26 of the airports tested, the free option was also the fastest.
Even if the Wi-Fi is speedy, that doesn’t mean it’s secure. You should still make sure you’re safe: Read PCMag’s top tips for using public Wi-Fi securely.
SOURCE PC Magazine