European Smart City Infrastructure: LinkUK Free Public WiFi
If you live in London or are just visiting, you’ve probably seen the “InLinkUK by BT” free WiFi hotspots around the city, if not even used them. LinkUK is part of an international infrastructure project to create a network covering several cities with free WiFi service, being deployed in London as well
As proof of the rising demand for smart city infrastructure with further projects such as LinkNYC in New York City and LinkPHL in Philadelphia, Intersection, one of the companies involved in the deployment, just closed a $150 million funding round.
LinkUK promises ultrafast free public WiFi hotspots. But, as we’ve seen with other similar WiFi network initiatives, connectivity issues are inherent and one should also be careful about their online privacy when using public WiFi hotspots.
See below how to make sure your online privacy is safe while being always online, regardless of any faulty LinkUK kiosks.
How to LinkUK Privacy Issues with Speedify
As with any public WiFi network, the best way to anonymize the online traffic and protect your privacy is to use a VPN while connecting. Trouble is, most VPN solutions will slow down your Internet connection, as all the traffic is encrypted and goes through the VPN server before reaching the destination.
How Speedify Deals with “InLinkUK by BT” WiFi Connectivity and Disconnect Problems
Privacy is not the only thing you should take into account when getting online with LinkUK. If you are on the move (on the street, bus, etc.) you could also run into problems when moving between different LinkUK hotspots. Your iPhone or Android smartphone will “navigate” from one “InLinkUK by BT” free WiFi hotspot to another and even other public hotspots (Starbucks, McDonalds, etc.). So, there are many chances you stumble upon a non-working WiFi hotspot.
Plus, by default, as you’re moving around, you will be “passed” around from hotspot to hotspot, like in the case of a cellular network. Unfortunately, mobile devices don’t handle WiFi handoffs smoothly and that’s one of the reasons why LinkUK hotspots may be disconnecting. Smartphones are bad at detecting poor Wi-Fi networks, and they default to Wi-Fi instead of LTE when it’s available. Connecting to a bad Wi-Fi hotspot is often the same as having no Internet at all.
Speedify offers patent-pending channel bonding technology for people like you and me. It basically securely combines 2 or more Internet connections for their aggregated speed and reliability. This means that you will never be offline, as your mobile device will compensate the performance of a bad WiFi hotspot with mobile data. This way, neither your streaming apps nor your VoIP calls will disconnect and you’ll be always online.
Get the Most of “InLinkUK by BT”: Use Speedify for Privacy and Reliability
Here are 3 steps to get the most out of your LinkUK experience in terms of privacy, speed and reliability:
- Get Speedify on your desktop or mobile device.
- Leave all your Internet connections active. For iPhones and Android smartphones – enable both WiFi and mobile data. Don’t worry – you can set data caps from within the Speedify app, so you won’t exceed it and pay extra. For laptops – you may have an additional 4G/LTE dongle or integrated card – activate that connection as well.
- Enjoy faster, more reliable Internet. Speedify will automatically detect any new active Internet connections and toss them into the mix to create a faster and dependable Internet connection. If one connection should drop, Speedify will intelligently reroute the traffic to the other active connections. When the dropped connection is functional again, Speedify will use it again.
If you’re using the “InLinkUK by BT” free public WiFi hotspots, stay protected online and improve the reliability of your connection with Speedify. Get started today – no strings attached!