Duplicate internet connection at hotel with router

January 8, 2014 at 07:16:52
Specs: Windows XP, Some Intel crap
Hoping to use a travel router and a laptop to provide internet access, and volume sharing amongst computers in my local room.

I have both wireless and wired network connections in my laptop and hoping to set up where only the laptop requires to 'log in and accept the agreement' and all other devices in my room, ipad, iphone, android, and chromecast (or WDTV) can have internet access.

I wonder about using the computer as a MAC address spoofer so it looks like all devices behind my computer, appear to their network, as already having accepted their agreement.

Is this possible?

I have several options available to perform the config, and I'm quite adept to networking, but missing some steps to fake out their landing page.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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January 8, 2014 at 07:36:34
Its not the MAC address you need worry about, it is the IP address. The hotel server will login you laptop under its IP address. All the other devices will also need to log in as they will all have different IP addresses.

Looks like you are trying to circumvent the Hotels security and/or terms of use, but you can be sure that have procedures in place specifically to prevent you from what you are attempting.


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January 8, 2014 at 07:41:57
I'm not trying to circumvent for security. If anything, for my security. I'm trying to do a few things. One, most entertainment devices don't allow you to sign in because they don't offer a web browser. And secondly, because they perform AP isolation, sharing amongst devices isn't allowed.

Thanks for your quick response.

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January 8, 2014 at 08:00:55
If you are using a router it is incorrect to say devices behind the router are going to require captive portal authentication.

Problem you have is you can't authenticate the router to the captive portal.

You could if you use your laptop with ICS [internet connection sharing] or better yet a product called connectify which will turn your laptop wifi into a wifi hotspot.

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January 8, 2014 at 08:51:22
ICS would seem to be the easier option?

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January 8, 2014 at 09:02:41
And my router I think has internet after passing ics through my laptop. This was one of my original plans. However devices wireless to the router can see the router but not past it.

It's so strange. I'm having a hard time knowing what all the gateways,dns, IPs should be.

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January 8, 2014 at 09:32:07
erm… isn't it the other way round?

ICS passes all other (allowed) computers through to the internet via your laptop connection to the router?

These links may help…?


and the M$-way…


This one refers to Win-7 but obviously can be applied to XP etc…?


Advantage of using ICS of course is - it's "free"…!

Although all those using it to connect to the www (via your pc/laptop) will of course be sharing "your" connection - slight bottle necks at times possible?

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January 8, 2014 at 09:57:44
It's not the other way around because I basically have two routers. The first is my laptop that way it can agree to their agreement. THEN my router receives from my pc to the mini network.

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January 8, 2014 at 10:36:34
I can't see the need for an additional router? ICS will do it all - albeit, as I suggest, with a shared and slightly limited/potential bottle-necked connection; as your laptop would/will be the actual connection the service wherever/whatever it is?

Even with an additional router you will still have only one (shared) connection - with the same potential bottle-neck…?

Your laptop will in effect act as the sever/router/access-point, or whatever/however you wish to consider it - with the same end result as involving a second router? Less kit involved and less to transport about too...?

mmm - regardless… the links above ought to enable "you" to enable "ICS" to the same end result overall?

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January 8, 2014 at 10:39:43
I'll try when I get back.

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January 8, 2014 at 10:48:24
Just saying ICS is not going to be easier than using hotspot software.

Here is why:

1. Adding the router slows access compared to a direct hotspot connection
2. You have two ways of configuring the router; wan port or use a lan port
3. If using the wan port you have added a router hop as well as having to have the routers dhcp server enabled and not giving out ips in the ICS subnet..
4. If using lan port you have to configure the router in the ICS lan subnet for administration.
5. you want a wired not wireless connection to the internet from the laptop or if by wifi it will be slower right out of the gate.

All round its more work with ICS than a purchased program.

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January 8, 2014 at 11:03:42
I'll do whatever is easier.

I tried and failed with laptop sharing and a travel router. The router I bought has a Wisp option. Trendnet says it's just for this but connecting to it after just gets your client IP from the hotel. But I have no ability to share because of the AP isolation. The trendnet is single wan port in and wireless only out.

I wasn't aware you can share multiple Wi-Fi connections on a laptop. But I can do wired in to the laptop then wireless out or the other way around.

I'm not using high bandwidth. Remember I'm still stuck using the hotels horrific single connection for its 100+ rooms. I'm a realist. But isolation has got to go, same with authentication page for devices that can't agree.

So I saw the recommendations above. Anything else on the recommended list?

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January 8, 2014 at 11:54:48
mmm not really… have played with (briefly used as it were) ICS and found that it worked OK in a wired/cat-5 environment.

I note from at least one the links above that the "host" connection - the device/pc actually connected to the service - your laptop in this case - should be wired/cat-5… Which does of course presume that the service you wish to connect to and share is available as plugin/cat-5 too (and not just wifi). Although - without having tried it with wifi as the main/host connection I can't see why it won't work that way too?

Specific to sharing wifi connection - using:

ICS to share wifi internet connections

does give a few other ideas/options too:


- seems very specific to what you may need to do (wifi clients)


and this one:


- once the basic wired arrangement has been covered goes into/discusses (via separate link included there) using wifi for the client connections…)



- is another how to...

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January 8, 2014 at 17:04:05


just google wifi hotspot software for laptop and make your choice.

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January 8, 2014 at 17:31:22
So I run into new problems.

I found that my unrooted Android phone cannot connect to ad-hoc, as the same as my WDTV box. Back to using my router.

Thanks everybody!

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January 9, 2014 at 06:53:46
mmm…would this help with the Android problem?


and presumably there are other similar apps out there as well?

However.. It would appear the free wifi hotspot utility (last link in Wanderer's post 13) covers just about any client system - including Androids?

Not familiar with a WDTV box - being in UK at present (much less cold than in Canada and USA…) I don't think it exists here; what is it?

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January 9, 2014 at 07:59:37
Think Apple tv or Roku. Just different brand.

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January 9, 2014 at 12:16:48
I’m a stubborn and persistent type at times…, and this is one of them.

As what you’re trying to achieve may be useful for moi at some time in the future, dun a wee bit more trawling/research, using:

connect router to an hotel internet

as the search term/string… Found various how to get it to work out there. Some rather vague and seemingly less well informed than others… The first one below seems to be reasonably well presented?

Several seem to favour the Apple Airport Express approach - as it appears to be relatively simple (designed for the purpose)?

Let me (and the rest of us here) know when you get it to work; and how… (please).









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