I have a strong need for speed.

Wi-Fi at hotels has always been hit-or-miss. You get a fast connection every now and then. It can be slower than dial-up at times. 

However, as the pandemic nears its end, wireless internet has been hit or miss.

A boutique hotel near Cape Town, South Africa, where I recently stayed was a "miss." Several times, the connection became stalled.

The staff apologised several times and attempted to reset the lobby's lone wireless router. But that didn't help me at all.

What is causing this? According to industry sources, hotels put much-needed wireless network upgrades on hold during the epidemic while the lodging business dealt with more critical issues.

"Wi-Fi has a lot of expectations," says Janice Ting, a senior product marketing manager for Netgear's mobile products.

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