Top 5 Ways to Get Connected in a Hotel
So you have that spiffy laptop and you’ve just arrived at hotel in a foreign country. You need to get Internet access from the hotel. What do you do? What are your options?
These days, it is critical that a mobile worker knows how to connect to the Internet with a laptop. Especially if you’re on a business trip and need to get some email or work done.
I’ve been in these situations before and I’d like to share a few good tips on getting connected while in a hotel.
If you’re going on a business trip, you should definitely learn what you can about hotel Internet access. Typically, you would have more than one way of getting to the Internet. Let’s take a look at some options …
1. Use the Hotel’s Internet Access
The traditional way to connect to the Internet in a hotel is to subscribe to the hotel’s Internet access services. These are typically expensive and they tend to be sold in big blocks of time (e.g. 24 hours). Big hotel chains like the Hilton and Hyatt will offer very reliable Internet access services like these. You got to be prepared to pay though.
2. Use Your Own ISP in a Hotel
Here’s an interesting option if you don’t want to rely on the Internet service provider provided by the hotel. You can use your own existing ISP … I never thought about this until a friend told me about it recently. This is especially the case if you’re already paying an ISP for its services. Tap on it while you’re in a hotel and it will save you money.
4. Share One Connection
Another interesting tip that I learnt about recently is this – bring along a wireless router on your trips. The wireless router allows you to share the single Internet connection with everyone. You save yourself and the company a lot of money, especially if there are large number of co-workers with you during meetings or conferences.
5. Use Public Areas
If you’re in a hotel and need Internet access temporarily (e.g. just to quickly download email), don’t bother subscribing for one day’s worth of surfing time. Just head down to the hotel lobby or a nearby Starbucks to connect to the Internet. That’s the smart way to do it and it saves you a lot of money too.
6. Use Public Domain Computers
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the hotel you’re in will even have a full desktop publicly available to you, equipped with full Internet access. Of course, these tend to be situated in areas like hotel lobbies or waiting areas. But if you need quick Internet access and don’t have your laptop with you, this can be a good way to connect. Many airports also offer such desktops for free Internet surfing.
I hope this article has shown you the various ways to connect to the Internet from a hotel. Be sure you remember the above options the next time you’re on a business trip. If the hotel doesn’t offer Internet access from within the room, at least you know you have some other options available. Until next time, happy surfing!