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FFH5
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Tavistock NJ
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Upgrades will do nothing to improve train WiFi

This article explains real well why the planned Amtrak WiFi upgrades will help not at all:
»www.theatlanticwire.com/technolo···i/60887/
And the writer is correct in all his criticisms.
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Metatron2008
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join:2008-09-02
united state
No, not really. If congestion is the issue lte will help, as lte uses the same signal more efficiently. Also, once Verizon finishes their lte upgrade things will work better too.

I've been in moving vehicles, lte works just fine (Verizon). If this doesn't fix it then the problem is Amtrak built a poor wireless network.


michieru
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Although he is right about 4G not being the solution he is missing the point. Amtrak train will need a proper installation of antennae that will outperform any cell device during weak spots and patches and keep a solid link at a lower data rate compared to random boosts of speeds.

Another way to improve the quality is get into a agreement with a carrier to install repeaters on the train itself preventing devices from trying to reach distant towers and feeding it all through one pipe. If Amtrak plans on relying for the carriers for WiFi they might as well sell the project to a carrier who can implement it properly and have them take a cut.