While working at BoltBus I learned quite a bit about wi-fi boxes and electrical inverters, considering the fact that I repaired or replaced at least one of each on a daily basis. Each one of our drivers and dispatchers were trained on the systems, particularly on how to reset the wi-fi boxes. But there's only so much a driver can do when you go up to him or her enroute mentioning that the Internet is out. After all, their priority is to safely guide you down the road to your destination, first and foremost. The systems are relatively stable, but have parts that may or may not shift while en-route, similar to the airline announcements about your baggage in the overhead compartments.
All that aside though, here's an analysis of the Wi-Fi bandwidth and network:
As mentioned in my previous post, bandwidth is precious and you can never have enough of it. When you have a fixed supply and high demand of the onboard internet, you're bound to have problems. In my experience, the moment someone downloads a YouTube video, that's it. For some odd reason, the wi-fi will just cut out as a safeguard against overburdening the system. But other uses also trigger the same response, such as file sharing or a hefty email inbox.
With our technologically dependent world today, networks are everything. The network your carrier uses can either make or break a trip, as the wireless signal is dependent on the carrier's wireless network. So
if the coverage isn't good, neither will the signal. In addition, the bus is a metal machine housing another metal machine, which could very well result in wireless interference from time to time depending on where you are driving.
What do I believe matters more? From my experience, you can have all the bandwidth in the world, but without the network to support it, the bandwidth is useless. Than again, that's just me.
What do you think?