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I am at a hotel that has WiFi with a password, but when I go to log in it never comes up with the log in screen but shows the WiFi is connected, but when I continue it does not see the radio and kind of locks up. How do I get it to see the log in screen?
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Gene Duprey

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Posted 7 months ago

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Michael Walker, Employee

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Hi Gene

I assume you mean your Maestro?  

What I have done, if it is a Maestro, is to call the IT phone number that you have in your hotel room and ask them to allow your 'device' to have access.  They will ask for the MAC address of the Maestro.  You want to tell them that your 'device' is not able to see the "Hotel Login" screen. 

Look in Advanced Network settings from the main menu when you start your Maestro and you will see both the Wifi Mac address and the Wired Mac address.  

You will want to give them the WiFi one.  That should allow you access.

Mike
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Gene Duprey

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Thanks Mike, this solved the problem.

Gene, K1GD
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John - K3MA

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I have found that many hotels and their IT support now refuse to make a change to bypass the logon security page.  It would seem that Flex would have provided the flexibility on the Maestro directly but have not.  To get around the issue I log in with my laptop or cell phone and then I clone the mac address to a travel router.  The hotel then thinks the travel router is my laptop/cell phone and I connect as many devices as I need to the travel router.  This is the model I purchased several years ago.  

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John K3MA

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Gene Duprey

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Best Western It guy was very helpful and we goth it running.

Gene, K1GD
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Steven Linley

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Because connecting to the IT guy is not always possible.  Simply enable your phone's WiFi hotspot setting (Android>Settings/Connections/Mobile Hotspot and Tethering/Mobile Hotspot/on Maestro-WiFi enter password given on phone screen) . That's it.  The Maestro can easily connected to your phone. 

Oh, first connect your phone to hotel's WiFi, that way you aren't wasting your data plan.



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Ted VE3TRQ

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It was my understanding that most phones disable their WiFi client capabilities when acting as a hotspot. Essentially,the phone's WiFi ability to connect to an access point is disabled when it becomes an access point / hotspot - it routes between WiFi and cell network.

Are there phones that will maintain both client and access point simultaneously? Sure would be convenient!
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Gene Duprey

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My phones hotspot is too slow, only 600kbps, and drops out.
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I've tested dozens of phones (l'm a retired cell phone designer).
I've never run across one that will create a WiFi to WiFi hotspot. It's cell to WiFi only in my experience.
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The 'other way' I deal with hotel WiFi is to have my laptop connected to the Hotel WiFi and then have my Maestro LAN cabled to the Laptop either via the LAN connection on the laptop or via a LAN / USB dongle.  

Then, I turn on ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) on the Windows Laptop so that the LAN data flows from the Maestro through the laptop and onto the hotel Wifi.  I find this works well also.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-networking/internet-connection-sharing-...

I am not sure if MAC has a similar solution or not.

Mike 
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Ted VE3TRQ

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Macs do have Internet sharing built in, but of course most MacBooks do not have Ethernet ports, so one would need to add either a USB, Thunderbolt or Bluetooth interface device to make this work.
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Another option is to temporarily change the WiFi MAC address on a laptop to match your Maestro (with the Maestro off), so you can authenticate with a web browser on the laptop while faking your Maestro MAC address, then shutdown the laptop and fire up the Maestro. I use a Macintosh, but it looks like there are several relatively simple ways to do it with Windows.

Mark Thomas KC3DRE