07-16-2009 11:23 AM
I'm going to a hotel that _only_ has wireless (ie no wired/hard-wire) internet access. The internet access is pay-for-a-day where you pay a fixed price for unlimited access for 24 hours. It goes without saying that there's a pay/logon screen that you have to go through before you can go to "normal" sites like Google. I'd like to connect a wireless router (WRT54gc but I can take a bigger WRT54g or a WRT54gs if necessary) to the hotel's wireless network so that I can take advantage of the hardware based firewall and to share the connection with my iPhone. Is there any way to do this? If so, how can I get the router to get through the logon page etc? Do I need different equiptment?
07-16-2009 12:00 PM
Thanks for the reply.
My question was more along the lines of what I need to do to connect the wireless router to the Hotel's _wireless-only_ internet hotspot that typically has a login page and then share the connection with my computer. I've connected to _wired_ hotel internet fine but I'm going to be staying at a hotel that only has wireless in the rooms.
So let's say I pay for full day internet access by using my computer so I get that over and done with. I now want to connect my wireless router to the hotel's wireless network so I can use the hardware firewall and share the connection. How would I go about connecting the two wireless networks? How should I configure things? would I have a different subnet from the hotel? Would my computer/iPhone get DHCP from the router or the hotel? How do I tell the router to "find" the hotel's wireless network? How would the router handle the login page? etc.
07-16-2009 12:07 PM
You would have to bridge the connection, But i don't think that they would let you do that.
Just to make sure I'm getting this right you want to connect your router to a hotels router??
If that's the case they won't let you do that it would be a security risk.
07-16-2009 12:15 PM
I don't want to connect my router (WRT54gc/g/or gs) directly to the hotel's router. I just want to be able to share the connection. But the problem I think I'm going to have is, the hotel only has wireless access in the rooms and it's a Hotspot so you have typically have to login each time.
How do I tell my router to find and connect to the hotel's wireless system and login to their hotspot?
How do I configure the IP/subnet of my router?
Should I leave DHCP on or off if I want more than one device (computer and phone) to access at the same time?
hote: the hotel does not have any wireless encryption.
In the old hotels with hard-wire lines, I just plugged the network cable from the hotel into the router and was off and running. But with the wireless networks many hotels are using now, I dont' know how to configure my router.
07-16-2009 12:29 PM
Keep DHCP on, I am pretty sure the only way for you to do this at a hotel is to set the router up as a bridge and connect that way.
Their should be a wireless setting some where on the web utility to set a bridge.
I have never see some one do this at a hotel so let me know if it works...
07-17-2009 02:56 PM