|This doesn't really have anything to do with a specific product.|
I recently stayed in a hotel (big chain) that offered only paid wired broadband in the room that I also figured out was tied to specific MACs since they initially wanted to charge us twice (for each computer). I had no problem with the paid part, but my son and I both had laptops and our iPhones. Needless to say, it was a pain having to share the single connection for more than a week and only getting wifi for the phones in public hotspots.
After the fact, I thought about how I could have worked around the problem. Now, I know only enough networking to get by in most situations, but I'm pretty sure I could have simply used a small 5-port switch with a couple of cables for the laptops and the hotel network wouldn't have known the difference (please correct me if I'm wrong about that). That wouldn't have helped with the phones however.
So, I considered an access point. My experience with APs, however, is that they can be difficult to setup unless you have admin access to the host network since the ones I've used are never, ever pre-configured to use DHCP to acquire WAN information. They usually involve temporary configuration on different sub-nets and static IPs, etc., etc. Then again, I may not understand APs at all, better explaining my confusion. So, the question is, does anyone know of a product that makes this particularly easy, or even a quick configuration trick that one could employ to make this work. Is a wireless router more suitable for such a situation and how would that work, having a router behind a router? Please keep in mind I'm not advocating or trying to steal broadband, just trying to conveniently utilize what I've paid for. :)
Wacky question, I know, but any enlightenment would be appreciated!