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John Wayne Airport’s gift to travelers: faster, free Wi-Fi

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Passengers at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport will find faster free Wi-Fi that’s easy to access. The airport recently upgraded the free service.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County is giving passengers an early holiday gift: faster Wi-Fi service that’s free for as long as four hours.

Wi-Fi speed jumps from 5 megabits per second to 20 megabits per second, and coverage has been improved to include the terminal as well as ticketing areas and sidewalks, according to a Tuesday news release.

Passengers sign in just once and won’t encounter ads when using the free Wi-Fi.

Of course it’s not super-fast like Denver International Airport (DEN), where passengers enjoy average speeds of 78 megabits per second, according to a 2017 Speedtest report on airport internet speeds.

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Still, the change at John Wayne may improve connectivity for the more than 10 million passengers who use the airport each year.

By comparison, Wi-Fi at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is free in increments of 45 minutes with a speed of 5 megabits per second. Passengers have to view an ad or short video to access the free Wi-Fi. Faster speeds are offered for $7.95 for 24 hours.

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