Don’t download big files because it causes others in the hotspots to lose their connections. They time out.
Downloads Slow Down Wi-Fi For All of Us
It is good internet etiquette to refrain from downloading big files because it causes others in the hotspots to lose their connections.
Most Coffee Hotspots have fast connections that support streaming. Fast food restaraunts block ads and have slower connections.
Downloading files in a hotspot requires a connection to a remote server. Streams download content into a buffer and then display it.
A connection to a remote server will force the buffering stream to time out if it requires the bandwidth and while the stream is idle.
This is just one example of the disruption to wireless service that downloading large files causes. It forces everyone’s applications to run slow.