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Travelling in comfort on Via

For the last couple of days I've been travelling on Via Rail, Canada's national passenger carrier.  It's a pretty comfortable way to travel.  I've been sitting here listening to music on my Nokia N81, while cranking out emails and blog postings, writing product requirements documents, and even staying in touch with folks on Facebook.   Via has done a phenomenal job of making business travel by train a good experience by making filtered power available at every seat, and WiFi available in every car.

The WiFi is adequate, but not great.  Speeds and latency are certainly an issue, as this snap from the internet SpeedTest shows.


In practical terms, there's a noticeable lag when loading a site, and the VPN back to the office is only useable for short periods of time.  Impaired, but definitely useful!

Now if only they could do something about the tables… 

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  • Jason Yeung January 17, 2008, 9:01 pm

    If you travel frequently on rail, I found that getting a Bell/TELUS unlimited EVDO PC card is a pretty good idea. Plus it works everywhere there is cell coverage, not to mention yield significantly faster speeds.

    – Jason

  • Guy Faulkner January 28, 2008, 11:44 am

    If VIA Wi-Fi does not work an air card wont work either. VIA WI-Fi drops because of lack of cell coverage so will the air card..

    VIA Wi-Fi uses BEll Mobility Cell data network (EVDO in large cities; !XRTT in rural areas, where its the only service available.

    Talk to your cell provider get more information.

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