WiFi on trains?

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It will depend on which route and for what purpose you wish to use the wifi. I think the wifi is pretty good on the Silver Service, Northeast Corridor, Acela and some state supported routes. You will not be abe to download, but I have no issues with reading emails, accessing AU, and googling.
 
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Is using 4G from my wireless provider more reliable ?
 
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Is using 4G from my wireless provider more reliable ?
Probably. That's what I do, but be careful not to go over on your data usage. In my experience the Northeast Regional has terrible wifi: it's slow, even to an unusable speed. I haven't tried the upgraded wifi on the Acela, but hope to soon.
 

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I am using the wi-fi on the LSL right now. It's quite acceptable, but different apps give different results. My webmail keeps telling me "the message does not exist", but I'm able to post photos to facebook with no trouble. Go figure. Of course, no streaming. Youtube is blocked.
 
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Is using 4G from my wireless provider more reliable ?
Probably. That's what I do, but be careful not to go over on your data usage. In my experience the Northeast Regional has terrible wifi: it's slow, even to an unusable speed. I haven't tried the upgraded wifi on the Acela, but hope to soon.
 
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They may have it, but not everyone subscribes to it. Since most places I am at have wi-fi, I don't use much mobile data. I have a package that includes 6 gb of data with rollover of unused. Why pay for something I will never use.
 
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They may have it, but not everyone subscribes to it. Since most places I am at have wi-fi, I don't use much mobile data. I have a package that includes 6 gb of data with rollover of unused. Why pay for something I will never use.
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So I will be traveling with on the Crescent. Does anyone know how the service is on there. Wondering if I will be able to use my Netflix app or should I bring my portable DVD player to watch movies. I will be on the train for 26 hours. Thanks!
 

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So I will be traveling with on the Crescent. Does anyone know how the service is on there. Wondering if I will be able to use my Netflix app or should I bring my portable DVD player to watch movies. I will be on the train for 26 hours. Thanks!
Crescent WiFi was surprisingly good from what I remember last year. You won't be able to stream though.
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They may have it, but not everyone subscribes to it. Since most places I am at have wi-fi, I don't use much mobile data. I have a package that includes 6 gb of data with rollover of unused. Why pay for something I will never use.
Same! I use AT&T Prepaid.
 

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If you have an Android or Apple Device, you can download Netflix and you won't need to Wi-Fi.
 

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The wifi is horrible on the Pere Marquette. I upgraded my phone to a 4G and I'll see how it works when I take a day trip to Chicago a couple weeks from this coming Sunday.
 

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Is using 4G from my wireless provider more reliable ?
Probably. That's what I do, but be careful not to go over on your data usage. In my experience the Northeast Regional has terrible wifi: it's slow, even to an unusable speed. I haven't tried the upgraded wifi on the Acela, but hope to soon.
I find the opposite. In many areas in Virginia on the Regionals, and Oregon on the Cascades, I am able to connect to the WiFi service and actually connect to the web while my phone wouldn't have a data connection. Think about the size of the antenna in your phone, versus the size of an antenna for the train car.

So really...the train will be able to hold a signal better. However, -when- your phone has a signal it will probably be faster than the train's connection.

Also, for what it's worth, the Acelas and Cascades do not block Netflix, while the Regionals do. Not sure about other services, but I would imagine it would be blocked since there's only one modem in the lounge car on the Amfleets

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Is using 4G from my wireless provider more reliable ?
Probably. That's what I do, but be careful not to go over on your data usage. In my experience the Northeast Regional has terrible wifi: it's slow, even to an unusable speed. I haven't tried the upgraded wifi on the Acela, but hope to soon.
I find the opposite. In many areas in Virginia on the Regionals, and Oregon on the Cascades, I am able to connect to the WiFi service and actually connect to the web while my phone wouldn't have a data connection. Think about the size of the antenna in your phone, versus the size of an antenna for the train car.
So really...the train will be able to hold a signal better. However, -when- your phone has a signal it will probably be faster than the train's connection.
That's fair, but I mostly travel on the NEC, where the sheer number of devices connected is just too much for that one modem. Consequently, the speed drops dramatically.
 

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Is using 4G from my wireless provider more reliable ?
Probably. That's what I do, but be careful not to go over on your data usage. In my experience the Northeast Regional has terrible wifi: it's slow, even to an unusable speed. I haven't tried the upgraded wifi on the Acela, but hope to soon.
I find the opposite. In many areas in Virginia on the Regionals, and Oregon on the Cascades, I am able to connect to the WiFi service and actually connect to the web while my phone wouldn't have a data connection. Think about the size of the antenna in your phone, versus the size of an antenna for the train car.
So really...the train will be able to hold a signal better. However, -when- your phone has a signal it will probably be faster than the train's connection.
That's fair, but I mostly travel on the NEC, where the sheer number of devices connected is just too much for that one modem. Consequently, the speed drops dramatically.
That's certainly a difference. I've been told each Acela car has its own modem, for what it's worth.

Netflix isn't blocked either, which was great for my layovers in DC!


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Just finished two trips on Auto Train and the wifi worked well. Good for emailing, Google searches, etc. Did not use it for downloading games and not recommended to use for streaming videos, etc.
 

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So I will be traveling with on the Crescent. Does anyone know how the service is on there. Wondering if I will be able to use my Netflix app or should I bring my portable DVD player to watch movies. I will be on the train for 26 hours. Thanks!
I travel fairly regularly on the Crescent, and the WiiFi is usually good. Of course, tunnels and mountains occasionally disrupt the signal, but that's not too often.
 

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Thank you Chatter! I assume you can't use apps like Netflix.
 

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The wifi is horrible on the Pere Marquette. I upgraded my phone to a 4G and I'll see how it works when I take a day trip to Chicago a couple weeks from this coming Sunday.
I’m currently on the PM and miracle of miracles the WiFi has been pretty good since I boarded in Holland! I’ve not had to use my phone once. The same was true on my return trip.

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We rode on the CS in Business northbound last week. When we boarded at midnight in SAC the car attendant tried to give us a card with the wifi password. Since my laptop was in checked baggage I declined. He did give us 2 $6 coupons for food. The food cards still say that they are good in the Pacific Parlor Car, dining car and the lounge/cafe car.

Yesterday i signed up for the bonus points for riding in Business Class. I got the email that said I was signed up and listed among the benefits was the invitation to the wine and cheese tasting in the PPC.

Ironic huh? We were still eating our $12 breakfast and coffee when we pulled into KFS 40 minutes early.
 

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It really does depend on the train. I've found the Northeast Regional and Silver Meteor's WiFi fast enough for most things - sometimes it's even fast enough for Netflix streaming. Don't count on any train having great, reliable WiFi, but I'd say it's sufficient for most people's needs when traveling.
 
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