Regardless of how fast your train may be moving, if you’re usingAmtrak’s WiFi service aboard any of its trains, the Internet is likely to be quite slow, if it’s working at all.

That’s because Amtrak relies on cellular broadband from towers along its route. It’s the same broadband that people use to access the Internet on their mobile devices but it’s usually a lot slower because it’s being shared by everyone aboard the train.

I know because I’m writing this post from train #93 between New York and Washington. I was connected to Amtrak’s shared Wi-Fi service but now I’m getting faster service by tethering my Mac to my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5’s LTE connection.

 

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