Snail_Macro by Dave & Karin
Here I sit in Steam Cafe at 17th & R Street NW, working from home, or rather a garden home office. I’m here because my Verizon DSL, while reasonably fast, keeps dropping out about every five minutes or so. While I appreciate the fact that Steam offers free wireless to their customers, the speed leaves a lot to be desired at between 30-80Kb/second. That’s fine for sending e-mail and a bit of web browsing, but downloading big files is downright painful.
So now, I’m looking into internet options in my area and found Eatel. Glad that I changed my connection since it’s now stable and I don’t have to go out just to get fast internet.
I get decent service at Chinatown Coffee Co, and there’s very rarely skype there.
Thanks, Tom. I’ll have to give them a whirl some day.
Buzz cafe near Old Town. tucked away empty weekdays packed on weekends. Great Illy Coffee and delicious cupcakes.
Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Crumbs & Coffee, the bagels are frozen and the coffee sucks. But the wifi is fine.
The atrium of the National Portrait Gallery has fantastic wifi.
Verizon? So not worth the effort. Here’s a tale of my woes: http://blog.jules.com/2008/11/29/the-wickedly-high-cost-of-verizon-dsl/
We hate Comcast but at least it stays connected. Bah, humbug, etc.
Jules, that read was depressing. I actually had the thought yesterday of switching to Comcast. Ugh, I just said the C word.
Honestly “fast” really depends on the number of clients connected to the wireless access point *and* the forward connection (Internet Service Provider side). The implication is that you may need to find places that are less crowded, which means avoiding just about all the hip places. (I’m a wifi snob, having jetted around the greater metro area in search of reliable access — fast isn’t nearly as important as low-jitter.)
And avoid Comcrap like the plague it is.
Several places I visit for free wifi and great coffee:
Mayorga in Silver Spring on East-West Highway
Cafe Collage on 14th and T St., NW
Caribou Coffee on 14th and Rhode Island (tend to be packed at peak hours)