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Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hotel Wi-Fi performance now displayed on booking sites

A firm which tests and tracks hotel Wi-Fi speeds has launched a browser extension displaying individual hotel Wi-Fi speed and quality on major travel booking websites, Expedia, and TripAdvisor.

Average Wi-Fi speed and a 'confidence' rating are displayed on each hotel page alongside the hotels' prices and customer ratings, and hotel searches can be filtered based on Wi- Fi speeds.

Previously this information was only accessible by first checking with the website.

The browser extension is available with a one-click download for Firefox and Chrome browsers.

Studies continue to show free Wi-Fi is one of the most sought after perks for both business and leisure travelers but lack of fast internet speeds is also one of the major complaints.

A study carried out by the company earlier this month showed that selecting by hotel chain is a good predictor of Wi-Fi speed and stability.

In a study of the 20 most tested hotel brands, Radisson Blu came top with just 17% of its properties rated as 'poor for Wi-Fi performance,' while Homewood Suites came last with 90% of hotels offering substandard Wi-Fi connections.

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