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#1 OFFLINE   raymac46

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 09:36 PM

Well Saturday night I stayed at a hotel chain that shall remain nameless (Days Inn.) The hotel advertised free wifi and most reviews were positive. So just to be safe I brought along a Windows laptop. Right.
I got the lappy unpacked fired it up and connected to the wifi gateway. To my dismay it was a totally unsecured hotspot and you had to launch a browser to accept the terms and log in. Eset started giving me grief about an insecure network and I could not reach the login page in any browser. Finally I fiddled with the wifi settings had Windows 10 diagnose the connection and fix the problems. Turns out DHCP wasn't working. After that I got the login page and then I could surf OK.
I wasted no time invoking Private Internet Access though. Eset kept telling me about all the smartphones that were joining the network.
I don't know why a hotel can't have a normally secured wifi network and change the password. Too much trouble?
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#2 OFFLINE   V.T. Eric Layton

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 09:52 PM

They probably just don't know enough about it to realize what a security hazard it is.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 10:34 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 25 June 2017 - 09:52 PM, said:

They probably just don't know enough about it to realize what a security hazard it is.

Yeah, most people have no clue how to do even the most basic networking setups.
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Posted 25 June 2017 - 10:36 PM

Hello,

I always like it when I'm traveling and find out the hotel still has wired Ethernet.  Plug in, sniff a little traffic to see if I'm on a switched or a bridged connection, and then fire up the VPN connection.  About half the time wired is from a different provider than wireless, and since everyone's used wireless it's much faster.  The last hotel room I was in consistently had 56Mbit/s up, 49 Mbit/s down.

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#5 OFFLINE   raymac46

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 06:43 AM

Yes I hear you, Aryeh. I always have an Ethernet cable in my backpack but unfortunately this hotel didn't have that option.
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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:23 AM

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The last hotel room I was in consistently had 56Mbit/s up, 49 Mbit/s down.

Faster than my home broadband. :228823:
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