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Monday, May 14, 2012

Fastest Wifi at Starbucks? Maybe elsewhere

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I love this. Maxim's Fat Geeky Guy recently posted his "Wifi Fast Food Challenge." He checked out the Internet speed and calorie content of the food at eight places.

He found the fastest Wifi at Starbucks. I don't know which Starbucks he visited but he sure as hell didn't travel to Atlanta and visit the Ansley Mall outpost.

The Wifi there, free and provided by AT&T, turned to sludge months ago. It's like the original dial-up days when every click gave you time to pour a drink. Even if you hit Ansley when it's fast enough to check your mail and browse around, it is almost always useless for streaming video.

No amount of calls to AT&T by customers or visits by their fix-it people have improved things. Usually, they blame the traffic and bid you a peppy sayonara. Until a few months ago, many people relied on the Wifi radiating from the smoothie shop across the courtyard. But that closed.

Speculation of course is that Starbucks has intentionally slowed the service in order to discourage us campers. Well, they've succeeded with many. If I'm doing something that requires a lot of Internet surfing, I go elsewhere now.

More after the jump

Starbucks also rated lowest in calories at 1,260, but, looking at the photo, it appears he only ate a trio of their itty-bitty snackettes. Sadly, the Fat Geek describes the food as "expensive, fancy and often unpronounceable."

Interestingly, Panera Bread ranked fourth. Not so here. It has a location a few doors down from the Ansley Starbucks and has far faster Wifi. Not surprisingly, that's now the choice of encampment for a growing number of people.

(Cue members of the commentariat who hate coffee-shop campers.)

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