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New York’s new free public wi-fi is crazy fast

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason
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Your days of Silent Starbucks Suffering while connected to a crappy wi-fi connection may soon be over.

The first of New York’s new public wi-fi “Links” went live this week and it looks like the free internet connection may be faster than anyone dreamed possible. Gizmodo went to an NYCLink location on Third Avenue to run some speed tests. The results? An impressive download speed of 436.37 Mbps. For some perspective, a local Starbucks connection clocked in at 7.59 Mbps and the subway wi-fi registered 45.87. That is some seriously fast internet.

The 9.5-foot-tall rectangles also offer USB outlets for charging and tablets for browsing the internet, downloading maps and accessing NYC city services. 7,500 of the devices are set to replace pay phones across the city over the next 12 years, with 500 installed by mid-July. Each one has a radius of about 400 feet.

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