Pilot/Flying J Premium Wifi Questions!

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Ray W.'s Comment
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Whats up guys! First off let me start by saying happy Easter! With that out of the way, I have been curious about the quality of premium wifi at the Pilot/Flying J truck stops. Before anyone asks, yes, I tried to do a search, everything I was getting information on is dated 2 years old or more!

So I am doubtful that these older posts mention much of Pilots new wifi. Allow me to post a few takes from the main website: "All Pilot Flying J locations broadcasting “Pilot Flying J Outdoor Enhanced WiFi” offer Premium WiFi service.

"We heard you. We fixed it. Try it today. At Pilot Flying J, we know how important it is to stay connected while you’re on the road. We spent millions of dollars and thousands of man hours overhauling our WiFi, and we would love for you to try it."

And...

“Enhanced Stores” have received a technology upgrade and Premium WiFI is available for purchase at these locations. Premium WiFi will provide the best experience when streaming, downloading, uploading and playing online games. “Legacy Stores” are stores in the network that are unable to receive the upgraded technology required for Premium WiFi service. FREE WiFi service is available at these locations. At these locations, you can send and receive email and conduct general web browsing."

With pilot posting about this new "Enhanced Wifi", can anyone tell me if its any good? Are these enhanced stores hard to find? Would anyone be willing to do a speedtest.net measurement on the wifi?

To anyone that helps me reach out and see an updated answer to this question, Thank you VERY much. For all others wondering why I don't use my verizon Hotspot? That hard throttles to 600 Kilobits/s after you use the 10 gigs. So that means its slightly better than dialup at that point. I'll be driving reefers, So thats for those 4+ hour wait times to get my truck unloaded. I need to use Truck Stop wifi as much as possible and save the hot spot for times when truck stop wifi is an impossibility.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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A truckstop internet connection, is only going to be as good as the speed they connect to the internet. Near a major metro area, with a good cable provider or fiber infrastructure you're probably going to be OK. Remember, you're still sharing the same connection with 30+ other porn-streaming truckers.

Out in the sticks is another story - they usually don't have cable providers out there, and depending on distance from the phone providers CO, it might be a really slow connection you're sharing.

Best bet really, is to TRY IT - get a months worth (there's no contract) for $20, and see how it works.

Even if they have the signal strength issues resolved in the parking areas, it's still a crap shoot how much bandwidth their ISP connection has.

Rick

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Susan D. 's Comment
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In a nutshell, it still scks and isn't worth it. I used to subscribe but stopped because it was so awful. They've offered me free service many times to entice me to resubscribe. It's not worth it.

Old School's Comment
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It's bad, really baaad!

Diver Driver's Comment
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I wouldn't waste my money.

C T.'s Comment
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If you must use the WiFi there, get stopped early and try finding a spot facing the main building with a clear view. The close the better generally. The fuel island and reefer trucks can disrupt the signal according to their website. You can't really avoid what you're hauling but you could give it a shot. I just use my points if I'm taking a 34. Otherwise I don't bother with it.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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