Use this page to find (and record) the best public wifi spots in the Ann Arbor - Ypsilanti - Chelsea - Dexter - Saline area.
Public Wi-Fi Connections Are Not Equal!
Washtenaw County has a large population of roaming students, academics and professionals who work from their laptop. A solid internet connection can be essential to working on the go, and not all public wifi connections are created equal. Nearly all places have wifi, but there's nothing more frustrating than showing up to work and realize the internet connection is nearly unusable.
Use this page to record real-world speed tests of coffee-shop and other public wifi locations. Please edit this page and add your own entries! Instructions below.
Business or Location (include wiki link)
|City||Wifi Hotspot (SSID)||Password?||Ping Speed||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Date Tested||Notes|
|Ann Arbor City Hall||Ann Arbor||A2-Guest||18ms||33.21 Mbps||22.72 Mbps||June 15, 2014||Acceptance of user agreement required. Significant speed improvements since Feb 2014.|
|Ann Arbor District Library (Downtown)||Ann Arbor||AADL||21ms||27.35 Mbps||40.43 Mbps||June 24, 2014|
|Ann Arbor District Library (Mallets Creek)||Ann Arbor||20ms||34.3 Mbps||21.3 Mbps||September 29, 2017||Super duper fast. On Merit Net (Internet2).|
|Ann Arbor District Library (West)||Ann Arbor||AADL||6ms||9.65 Mbps||20.1 Mbps||October 3, 2017||
On Merit Net (Internet2). Limited power outlets.
October 3, 2017: Wired download 223.7 Mbps, upload 122 Mbps, ping 9 ms
|Ann Arbor District Library (Pittsfield)||Ann Arbor||AADL||17ms||31.8 Mbps||22 Mbps||September 29.2017||On Merit Net (Internet2). During closed hours outside.|
|Bagel Fragel||Ann Arbor||2WIRE270||17||14.68||3.63||February 6, 2014||Pretty snappy! Also, friendly staff, and comfortable table height for laptops.|
|Biggby Coffee (W Stadium)||Ann Arbor||238ms||3.85 Mbps||0.79 Mbps||December 10, 2013||Despite the ping times, the network is usable.|
|Biggby Coffee (Washtenaw)||Ann Arbor||86ms||2.28 Mbps||0.42 Mbps||December 17, 2013||The Plymouth road Biggby is appreciably faster.|
|Bruegger's Bagels (S Main)||Ann Arbor||Brueggers_Free_Wifi||63ms||1.01 Mbps||0.21 Mbps||January 22, 2014||Slow upstream speeds are an issue for some applications|
Cafe Verde (N Fourth Ave)
|The Common Cup (Washtenaw)||Ann Arbor||63ms||6.26 Mbps||10.02 Mbps||December 16, 2013||
|Crazy Wisdom Tearoom||Ann Arbor||Crazy Wisdom Guest Network||24ms||17.97 Mbps||3.78 Mbps||June 24, 2014||Comcast, 5 GHz available|
|Detroit Metro Airport||Romulus||?||?||35ms||19.65 Mbps||19.38 Mbps||July 10, 2014||Free wifi.|
|Elixir Vitae (Maynard)||Ann Arbor||ELIXIRVITAE||elixirvitae||
January 9, 2014
Nov 1, 2014
|The cafe formerly known as Cafe Ambrosia.|
|Glassbox Coffee & Juice||Ann Arbor||The Glass Box||10ms||56.14 Mbps||11.49 Mbps||June 22, 2014||Comcast 50/10|
|Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee||Ann Arbor||GLCC||GLCC1983||12ms||18.42 Mbps||3.53 Mbps||June 2, 2014||Comcast|
|McDonald's (Lohr Road)||Ann Arbor||attwifi||94ms||1.03 Mbps||0.26 Mbps||December 30, 2013||No power outlets in main dining area.|
|Mighty Good Coffee (N Main St)||Ann Arbor||Mighty Good||billygoat||37ms||13.6 Mbps||3 Mbps||April 19, 2016||Slow time, about half full|
|Morgan and York||Ann Arbor||Morgan||21ms||11.15 Mbps||5.07 Mbps||January 10, 2014||No power outlets to speak of, but there's a full deli or coffee.|
|Panera Plymouth Road||Ann Arbor||18.8 Mbps||23.2 Mbps||October 23, 2017|
|Peet's Coffee and Tea (E Stadium)||Ann Arbor||PEETS||78ms||0.79 Mbps||1.29 Mbps||December 31, 2013||At busy times so slow as to be unusable.|
|Roos Roast (Rosewood)||Ann Arbor||roos roast||letsgocamping||26ms||13.2 mbps||7.2 Mbps||
|test take all the way out by the sidewalk. Not bad.|
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Administration Bldg lobby
|Ann Arbor||iguest||4.14 Mbps||0.8 Mbps||November 14, 2017|
|Sweetwaters (Kerrytown)||Ann Arbor||Sweetwaters||13ms||17.12 Mbps||3.43 Mbps||November 20, 2017|
|Sweetwaters (Plymouth)||Ann Arbor||Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea||gingerlemon||27ms||4.60 Mbps||0.39 Mbps||January 30, 2014||Slow upload speed might be problem for some, but for web browsing WiFi is pretty snappy|
|Songbird Cafe||Ann Arbor||thesongbirdcafe||34ms||6.48 Mbps||10.67 Mbps||November 12, 2015||XFinity/Comcast cable internet. No wifi allowed before 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays for their brunch crowd.|
|Starbucks (AA-Saline Rd)||
|Starbucks Wifi||159ms||11.1 Mbps||7.05 Mbps||Oct 29, 2015|
|Starbucks (Arborland)||Ann Arbor||Google Starbucks||13ms||55.35 Mbps||11.37 Mbps||January 23, 2013|
|Starbucks (Plymouth Mall)||Ann Arbor||attwifi||70ms||8.1 Mbps||18.5 Mbps||October 16, 2017|
|Starbucks (S. University)||Ann Arbor||Google Starbucks||11ms||27.71 Mbps||10.97 Mbps||August 14, 2014|
|T-Mobile (tethered)||Ann Arbor||115ms||5.51 Mbps||1.18 Mbps||February 10, 2014||Tethered via a Nexus 4.|
|Tim Horton's South State||Ann Arbor||13 Mbps||24 Mbps||October 7, 2017||Average of 3 runs|
|University Cafe (Korean)||Ann Arbor||University Cafe||Varies daily||16ms||10.09 Mbps||14.84 Mbps||February 19, 2014|
|Whole Foods (Washtenaw)||Ann Arbor||WholeFoodsMarket||67ms||1.44 Mbps||0.15 Mbps||February 10, 2014||Average of two runs. I could not believe how slow the measured upload speed was.|
|Zingerman's Coffee Company (Plaza Dr)||Ann Arbor||61ms||2.85 Mbps||2.75 Mbps||December 16, 2013|
|Mighty Good Coffee||Ann Arbor||MightyGood||33 ms||1,5 Mbps||1.89 Mbps||September 25, 2017||Average of two runs|
- Make sure you're connected to the hotspot you want to test.
- Go to http://www.speedtest.net
Begin the Test
Record the result
- (If you're ambitious) For better accuracy, do it twice and average the results
Add Your Entry to the Table Above
- Use Edit button at the top of this page
- The table does not auto-sort. Please put your entry in A-Z order.
- To add a new row, put the cursor in the table, right-click, and insert a new row above or below.
- Record your results in the table.
- Be sure to link your place name to the corresponding Arborwiki page, even if it doesn't exist yet. If you have time, you can create a new one using the Restaurant or Business templates.
- If the download speed is lower than 1 Mbps, you can mark the row in red. Select the row, choose Cell -> Cell Properties -> Cell Background.
- Thanks for helping others out!
Notes on Accuracy
Wifi speed can be affected by a lot of factors, and simple things like the number of people using the single connection and where someone sits in the coffee shop will have an effect. So while the numbers on the chart aren't exact and could vary if tested again, the resulting chart may still be useful to identify generally the best and worst relative to other locations.
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