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(Des Moines Register)   Starbucks and Google to partner together and offer faster in-store Wi-Fi, the first step towards global domination   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 31
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2013-07-31 08:16:55 PM
So that means those BJs are just around the corner
 
2013-07-31 08:31:11 PM
So Google can know what I like to drink at Starbucks?

Pass.
 
2013-07-31 08:32:01 PM
Meanwhile, Dunkin Donuts has announced an upgrade to dial-up.

But you can't be on the phone at the same time
 
2013-07-31 08:39:21 PM
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2013-07-31 08:58:59 PM
All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.
 
2013-07-31 09:03:14 PM

ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.


A lot of them use Mac Authentication Bypass, so clone the MAC.
 
2013-07-31 09:09:55 PM

ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.


Does your smartphone have a hotspot? If you use android you can use FoxFi on a lot of phones to bypass the check by your provider and use it.

Or if you have a windows laptop you can bridge your connections so your laptop becomes a wifi router. On a Mac it's as simple as plugging in the cable from the hotel, go to sharing, select "internet sharing" then dictate how it should share from the ethernet port to the wifi. Bam you are online. I did that with my mac when i was in a hotel for a month due to work and I was able to use wifi all over my room with out worrying about some authentication page. I also recommend the Airport express from Apple it's a cool little router you can use to get around issues you are talking about.
 
2013-07-31 09:13:42 PM
Well there goes that whole "don't be evil" thing.
 
2013-07-31 09:17:59 PM
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2013-07-31 09:19:22 PM

TheGhostofFarkPast: ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.

Does your smartphone have a hotspot? If you use android you can use FoxFi on a lot of phones to bypass the check by your provider and use it.

Or if you have a windows laptop you can bridge your connections so your laptop becomes a wifi router. On a Mac it's as simple as plugging in the cable from the hotel, go to sharing, select "internet sharing" then dictate how it should share from the ethernet port to the wifi. Bam you are online. I did that with my mac when i was in a hotel for a month due to work and I was able to use wifi all over my room with out worrying about some authentication page. I also recommend the Airport express from Apple it's a cool little router you can use to get around issues you are talking about.


You can get a 30 dollar router that does all an airport express can do.  Foxfi works about 20% of the time because most carriers have built in checks for tethering.
 
2013-07-31 09:22:41 PM

scotchcrotch: Meanwhile, Dunkin Donuts has announced an upgrade to dial-up.

But you can't be on the phone at the same time


Sounds like they're in cahoots with Apple.
 
2013-07-31 09:31:51 PM
Ah fark. Just when Nintendo was going to roll out a StreetPass relay feature that would have allowed you to StreetPass people who passed by certain places (with the attwifi SSID). One of which was a Starbucks, which I planned to walk by and StreetPass once a day. Guess that's out now.
 
2013-07-31 09:34:34 PM

theflatline: TheGhostofFarkPast: ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.

Does your smartphone have a hotspot? If you use android you can use FoxFi on a lot of phones to bypass the check by your provider and use it.

Or if you have a windows laptop you can bridge your connections so your laptop becomes a wifi router. On a Mac it's as simple as plugging in the cable from the hotel, go to sharing, select "internet sharing" then dictate how it should share from the ethernet port to the wifi. Bam you are online. I did that with my mac when i was in a hotel for a month due to work and I was able to use wifi all over my room with out worrying about some authentication page. I also recommend the Airport express from Apple it's a cool little router you can use to get around issues you are talking about.

You can get a 30 dollar router that does all an airport express can do.  Foxfi works about 20% of the time because most carriers have built in checks for tethering.


Please find me a router that matches the exact same functionality and size of the airport express for $30. I need airplay abilities, usb printing, does dual band 2.4 and 5mhz(with N band), 2 ports so I can plug in additional resources, etc. You won't find it. I know you probably hate Apple but the express is a solid product.

Also you are partially right about FoxFi, ATT use to be the toughest when it came to checks most other carriers never harassed people as much. I'm not on Android anymore so I don't care plus most data packages include tethering finally.
 
2013-07-31 09:43:47 PM
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2013-07-31 10:22:30 PM

ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.


Many places don't have a lot of wifi bandwidth, so connecting a Roku is kind of a selfish* move.

* I was extremely generous in my choice of words here
 
2013-07-31 11:03:49 PM

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Was going to post that.
 
2013-07-31 11:14:14 PM

FrancoFile: Well there goes that whole "don't be evil" thing.


Did we read a different article?
 
2013-07-31 11:33:01 PM
First step? I think we're already entering the endgame.
 
2013-07-31 11:48:11 PM
ZeroCorpse:
All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.


Most hotels have a tech support number. If you call them and give them the MAC address of your device,
they can let it connect without the TOS agreement. I've had them do that in many different hotels.
The key is to be polite and friendly. Their job sucks and a kind word goes a long way.
 
2013-07-31 11:56:32 PM

ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.


Their lawyers are fine with that.
 
2013-08-01 12:25:38 AM
TWC needs to get a bunch of lawyers and lobbyists and try to get rid of Google's venture into high speed internet and cable.
 
2013-08-01 01:35:09 AM
*raises hand*

#1. How slow was Starbucks Wifi that they had to partner with Google (and in turn spend a shiat load of cash) to make it better?

2. What are people doing in Starbucks that requires such a large pipe of bandwidth in the first place?
 
2013-08-01 02:09:15 AM

ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.


Innocent snowflake, pr0n, lawsuit.
 
2013-08-01 02:54:52 AM

Funk Brothers: TWC needs to get a bunch of lawyers and lobbyists and try to get rid of Google's venture into high speed internet and cable.


Why? They could live with some healthy competition. Their services could even improve as a result.
 
2013-08-01 03:01:56 AM

TheGhostofFarkPast: ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.

Does your smartphone have a hotspot? If you use android you can use FoxFi on a lot of phones to bypass the check by your provider and use it.

Or if you have a windows laptop you can bridge your connections so your laptop becomes a wifi router. On a Mac it's as simple as plugging in the cable from the hotel, go to sharing, select "internet sharing" then dictate how it should share from the ethernet port to the wifi. Bam you are online. I did that with my mac when i was in a hotel for a month due to work and I was able to use wifi all over my room with out worrying about some authentication page. I also recommend the Airport express from Apple it's a cool little router you can use to get around issues you are talking about.


I LOVE my Airport Express for traveling. I take it every time I stay in a hotel. So many still only have that crappy 6-foot Cat-5 cord at a cheap little desk with an uncomfortable chair.
 
2013-08-01 06:58:32 AM
Another article said that AT&T had a T1 to each Starbucks. A T1? I've stepped into a 15 year old time machine Martha! Get me some Limp Biskuit while I work on this y2k issue.
 
2013-08-01 08:32:19 AM

ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.


I usually tether off my phone when I'm traveling because the hotel WiFi typically lacks the bandwidth for me to send a decent sized email attachment. I can't imagine you'd be able to watch anything on the Roku without near-constant buffering.
 
2013-08-01 09:54:57 AM

lelio: Another article said that AT&T had a T1 to each Starbucks. A T1? I've stepped into a 15 year old time machine Martha! Get me some Limp Biskuit while I work on this y2k issue.



WTF are you talking about?  T1 is great.  Mature techology, easy to manage, and supports telephony and data mix without having to buy expensive VOIP handsets.  GUARANTEED isochronous.
 
2013-08-01 09:58:37 AM

TheGhostofFarkPast: theflatline: TheGhostofFarkPast: ZeroCorpse: All I want is for places that offer "free wifi" to offer it without the stupid "Accept the terms" webpage requirement.  Sometimes we're connecting with devices that don't have a fricking web browser, you jerks! Especially in hotels!

/Can't connect a Roku in many hotels because no web browser means no ability to accept the terms of service.

Does your smartphone have a hotspot? If you use android you can use FoxFi on a lot of phones to bypass the check by your provider and use it.

Or if you have a windows laptop you can bridge your connections so your laptop becomes a wifi router. On a Mac it's as simple as plugging in the cable from the hotel, go to sharing, select "internet sharing" then dictate how it should share from the ethernet port to the wifi. Bam you are online. I did that with my mac when i was in a hotel for a month due to work and I was able to use wifi all over my room with out worrying about some authentication page. I also recommend the Airport express from Apple it's a cool little router you can use to get around issues you are talking about.

You can get a 30 dollar router that does all an airport express can do.  Foxfi works about 20% of the time because most carriers have built in checks for tethering.

Please find me a router that matches the exact same functionality and size of the airport express for $30. I need airplay abilities, usb printing, does dual band 2.4 and 5mhz(with N band), 2 ports so I can plug in additional resources, etc. You won't find it. I know you probably hate Apple but the express is a solid product.

Also you are partially right about FoxFi, ATT use to be the toughest when it came to checks most other carriers never harassed people as much. I'm not on Android anymore so I don't care plus most data packages include tethering finally.


For those that don't need everything and the kitchen sink while travelling, get one of these.  (or similar)  http://www.dlink.com/ca/en/home-solutions/work/wireless-mobile-broadb a nd/dir-505-shareport-mobile-companion
 
2013-08-01 12:35:01 PM
I'm OK with this, but while they're upgrading infrastructure, put something into place where they get a receipt with, say, a QR code or a password, which is good for 1 hour past the date stamp to access said WiFi. Else all they're doing is asking for more people to clutter up the store by buying maybe a small coffee then spending 6-8 hours surfing youtube videos.
 
2013-08-01 12:48:06 PM

asquian: I'm OK with this, but while they're upgrading infrastructure, put something into place where they get a receipt with, say, a QR code or a password, which is good for 1 hour past the date stamp to access said WiFi. Else all they're doing is asking for more people to clutter up the store by buying maybe a small coffee then spending 6-8 hours surfing youtube videos.


corporate policy.  no time limits, no bandwidth limits.
 
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