Wi-Fi, Why Not? Connecting in Condos is Not So Easy

We get a lot of questions about Wi-Fi accessibility in resorts. With all of our electronic devices—cell phones, tablets, lap tops—staying connected has become easier than ever. The more devices people carry, the more Wi-Fi is wanted, needed and even demanded.

So we’re not surprised at the continued comments we receive about Wi-Fi accessibility, or the lack thereof to be more precise. That’s why we did a little digging to uncover the mysteries of Wi-Fi and what to do about it when you’re traveling.

Do Global Discovery Vacations condos come with Wi-Fi? Yes and No. Some do, some don’t. Others provide access in limited areas, and others charge for the service. When a resort or condo doesn’t have the service, or offers limited access, it’s typically because of one of these:

  • The building materials (concrete) block the service.
  • The area doesn’t have enough towers to provide the service (think mountains or remote beaches).
  • Timeshare resorts cannot increase their maintenance fees due to the continued state of the economy to retrofit buildings.
  • Individual home owners are feeling the pinch from our economy with a decline in rental revenues and an increase in HOA (Home Owner’s Association) fees. They simply cannot add the expense at this time.

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You might recall when cable television first became popular, how rare it was to find the service throughout an entire unit. As time went by and the installation and monthly fees became more affordable, cable was made available in all the rooms. This is the way we predict the Wi-Fi service to develop. Over time, you’ll find more and more free access in condominiums around the world.

Until then, try to disconnect for a week to truly take advantage of your vacation exploring your resort destination with loved ones. If this isn’t possible in the hectic, hurried world in which we live in, consider one of these options (costs are associated with these options):

  • Ask if your resort provides a centralized location for connecting and plan your use accordingly.
  • Buy a free-standing mobile hotspot or get a smartphone enabled hotspot. This device creates a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect any Wi-Fi-enabled device within about 30 feet.
  • Buy a USB wireless adaptor from your wireless provider. These USB adapters slip into your laptop to give you the necessary signal.
  • Invest in a tablet with built in Internet connected through a cell carrier
  • If you don’t want to purchase any services and the resort doesn’t provide Wi-Fi, try to find a local coffee shop or restaurant that provides the service.

How do you stay connected in our wireless world? Share your thoughts and ideas in our comments so others can benefit from your expertise.

Stacey is a writer with an eye for design. She’s been with Global Discovery Vacations since 2004, directing the creative department. Her passion for the written word is equal only to that of rescuing dogs and playing volleyball.