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    Question Travel routers for hotels with ethernet only connection

    Does anyone have any personal experience with any travel routers that do NOT require any initialization settings? Just 100% plug and play?

    3 of us need to connect simultaneously to 1 of our room's connections. We are all bringing tablets this time, so there is no ability to run setup software.

    Any help would be appreciated! Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image

    P.S. We aren't doing it to "beat" the resort fee. Everyone but me is paying the resort fee. We just need to be all in the same room since we are participating in our league's fantasy draft.

    Thanks,
    Stephanie




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    I'd just uplug the router you have at home and bring it with you. That way you don't need to buy another router, and your tablet is already configured to it.



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    Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image Originally Posted by dfalk Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image
    I'd just uplug the router you have at home and bring it with you. That way you don't need to buy another router, and your tablet is already configured to it.
    Yes, that'd be my advice as well.

    I have a DLink router at home with wireless networking, cost about $30 to buy last year, and it saves all my settings even if its been off for a week.

    For my home network so my XBox and our phones can connect I have set up their network ID and password... when traveling we only need to unplug it and pack it, then when we get to destination hotel plug it in.

    When you connect to the network on your tablet you will still need to go through the process of "logging in" to the hotel's network, at most places this usually just requires opening a web browser and trying any page... you then go to their "Welcome..." page, type in your room number and agree to the terms of service.

    And then once that first computer/phone/tablet gets internet access they all will have it.
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    You could also try tethering off of your smartphone. Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image

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    Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image Originally Posted by da1chifan Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image
    Does anyone have any personal experience with any travel routers that do NOT require any initialization settings? Just 100% plug and play?

    3 of us need to connect simultaneously to 1 of our room's connections. We are all bringing tablets this time, so there is no ability to run setup software.

    Any help would be appreciated! Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image

    P.S. We aren't doing it to "beat" the resort fee. Everyone but me is paying the resort fee. We just need to be all in the same room since we are participating in our league's fantasy draft.

    Thanks,
    Stephanie
    It's your lucky day. I was cleaning my home office and came across a Netgear WGR101 Wireless Travel Router. I bought this couple of years ago when I was staying in a hotel room that didn't have wireless (just ethernet). Have no use for it any longer. Pay for the shipping and it's all yours.

    Basically, there are three switch settings on the router. Setup, Single User or Multiple Users. While at home, you set the switch to Setup. Then connect the ethernet cable from the router to a computer/laptop and open your browser. A login in window will pop up. (follow the manual for login info) From there you can change the broadcast name (SSID), encryption type, and password.

    Then when you get to Vegas, you just plug one end of the ethernet cable into the wall and the other into the router. Set the switch on the router to single or multiple users. Plug the power supply into the wall. You now have in-room wifi.

    The whole kit fits in a 5x8" case that includes the power supply, ethernet cable and router. I don't have the owners manual, but it's available for download online.

    PM me if you want it.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone! Unfortunately no one can take their home router because we all either have spouses and/or kids at home who would murder us! LOL

    I have looked into tethering with some Google searches but I gave up as it was too much phone jargon that was Greek to me! LOL

    Thanks so much to Snotick for the generous offer! I won't accept it outright, but I will work something out with you! You are the best! Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image




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    Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image Originally Posted by da1chifan Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image
    Thanks for the advice everyone! Unfortunately no one can take their home router because we all either have spouses and/or kids at home who would murder us!
    Even if you can't take one from home you can still just go out and buy one. Even a $10-15 router, as long as it has wireless, is going to do what you need.

    Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image Originally Posted by da1chifan Click or hover your mouse to enlarge image
    I have looked into tethering with some Google searches but I gave up as it was too much phone jargon that was Greek to me! LOL
    Tethering is pretty simple on most newer devices.

    I've tethered my phone to my laptop and its pretty much as simple as:
    1) get a USB cable
    2) plug one end in to the phone
    3) plug other end in to the laptop/tablet
    4) on phone go to SETTINGS and then WIFI
    5) you should have a tethering option listed, if its there enable it
    6) on the laptop/tablet internet should just start working, if it doesn't then you might need to go to network settings and make a new network connection for the tethering

    For the tablet that has internet you would then go to its network settings and select to share its internet connection and that will give the other tablets internet through the first tablet. You might need to create a whole little mini network, but this would all be stuff you can try to do at home before you go so all the settings are there and tested out instead of trying to do this a few minutes before your draft in Vegas.


    One important note of tethering: I don't know how common it is nowadays, but just a couple of years ago phone companies would charge you if you were tethering your phone's internet.

    A less important note: three people using internet at once can really suck up your available bandwidth if you have a limit on it.
    Play it again, Johnny Guitar

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    The TP-Link Nano Router is an absolute winner, I've used it in hotels that only have ethernet internet access. It's $21 and is 2"x2". It's plug and play so no messing with fiddly settings, a great buy all round!

    http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WR7...s=tp-link+nano

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    Second on the TP-Link. Perfect for your needs, cheap, and small...

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