1. Internet appliance *with browser*. 2. Hotel wifi. 3. ??? 4. Netflix!
May 14, 2012 6:57 PM Subscribe
I have a Blu-ray player *with an internet browser* that still can't authenticate with my hotel's wifi.
posted by blueshammer to technology (7 answers total)
I travel a lot and bought a Roku, thinking it would be a better solution for Netflix etc. while traveling than lashing my laptop to my TV. Silly me -- in order to get on the internet at most hotels, you have to join their unsecured wifi network, then browse to any page, which redirects you to their authentication page, where you supply the code given to you b the front desk and voila, 24 hours of internet access. And the Roku has no browser, so no ability to do this. (I could ask the hotel to add my MAC address to their router, but they charge $3 a day for the privilege.)
So, I bought a Sony BDP-S390, largely because I want to be able to watch Blu-rays in my room, but it also has web services like Netflix and Hulu, and a web browser that should solve the authentication problem. At home, I have a secured wireless network, and I just selected my network, entered my password and was able to go online. At the hotel, I select the unsecured wireless network, launch my browser, enter an arbitrary address like yahoo.com ... and the browser page never resolves. It never redirects me to the authentication page, and in fact just beachballs for 10 minutes before saying "Cannot open the page."
How could the hotel be stymieing the Sony appliance? Is it PEBKAU situatoin? What can I do?