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Airbnb Unveils New Tool Enabling Guests to Check WiFi Speed in Listings Before Booking

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More than a year into the pandemic, one of the many realizations Filipino office workers had is this: you don’t need to work in an office cubicle to be productive. Some who have grown weary of being cooped up indoors are now beginning to catch up with what digital nomads have been doing for a while — calling beachside villas, mountain cabins and countryside stays their new offices.

As the option to work from and live anywhere continues to become the norm, being able to determine a listing’s WiFi speed before booking is a must not only for digital nomads but also for remote workers, creatives, road schoolers, traveling families, gamers, etc.

Guests want assurance that their stays can support their connection needs. Whether Zooming with colleagues, streaming an update, working on online documents or catching up with family on video chat, fast and stable internet is more crucial than ever.

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Guests can now easily view the WiFi speed on the amenities section of each Airbnb listing.

While Hosts have been able to manually add WiFi speeds to their listing descriptions for some time, Airbnb is now providing an easy and efficient in-app solution to allow them to accurately measure the WiFi speed in their listing using the Airbnb app.

Hosts can test their listing’s connection speed right within the app, and easily have their WiFi speed information posted on their listing page, making their listings more appealing to guests looking for connected stays:

Hosts can test their listing’s connection speed in four easy steps: 1. Start test 2. Connect to WiFi 3. Test the WiFi speed and 4. Get WiFi speed results.

This feature uses M-Lab’s open source software to measure download speeds. Airbnb has begun rolling out its in-app internet speed testing in the US and will roll out the new function globally in the coming weeks.

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