All too often you arrive and check-in to your Marriott or Hilton hotel after a long day of travel and work only to find a hotel wifi connection that limits you to 1-2 devices. AND since it has a login page to get access, NONE of your cool TV streaming devices like the Fire Stick or Chromecast or Roku etc can be connected. What a waste!
So there you are bored with hotel TV and would love to catch up on your favorite shows on Netflix using your stick TV streaming device but can’t due to the fact that you can’t connect the device up. You also realize that after connecting your smartphone and laptop to the hotel wifi you are already at the limit anyway.
There has gotta be a better way!
There is! And it is quite amazing to boot. Solution is the GL.iNet GL-MT300N-V2 Mini Travel Router that you can pick up on Amazon (shown below) for just about $20 dollars
- MINI TRAVEL ROUTER: Convert a public network(wired/wireless) to a private Wi-Fi for secure surfing. Tethering, 3G/4G USB Modem Compatible. Powered by any laptop USB, power banks or 5V DC adapters (sold separately). 39g (1.41 Oz) only and
- OPEN SOURCE & PROGRAMMABLE: OpenWrt pre-installed, USB disk and WebCam extendable.
- LARGER STORAGE & EXTENDABILITY: 128MB RAM, 16MB Flash ROM, dual Ethernet ports, UART and GPIOs available for hardware DIY.
OPENVPNCLIENT & TOR: OpenVPN client pre-installed, compatible with 20+ VPN service providers. TOR firmware available for download.
I have personally enjoyed using the Open VPN that was so easy to set up with downloading the connection details from my VPN provider frootvpn.com to that is just one more thing that this smart device can do.
Works off a battery pack?
I have used them full time at hotels like Homewood Suites, Town Place, Residence Inn, Marriott, and they are killing it. I even ran one of these routers for 24 hours straight using a USB battery pack like this one
This right-sized USB battery pack surprised the heck out of me in that the router could have gone for another day. So talk about portability here with this combo. A router that is powered by 5v USB and you can run it for days!
What about set-up?
Setup seems less than intuitive at first, but as soon as you sort out the process you laugh at how easy it is to get this setup. And once you have all of your devices already linked up the router you literally just have to show up at the hotel, connect up to the hotel wifi via your laptop or smart device and then find a website to browse and do a normal hotel wifi sign on page. Now the router is connected to the hotel via ITS mac address and all those devices of yours that have been previously signed up with your router at your last stop automatically have a shared internet connection via this marvelous router that fits in your shirt pocket.
And if you want to buy the best of the best from GL.inet then get the super GL.iNet GL-AR750 Travel AC Router that sports 300Mbps(2.4G)+433Mbps(5G) Wi-Fi, 128MB RAM, MicroSD Storage Support, and OpenWrt/LEDE pre-installed. I will be doing a review on this one soon as soon as it arrives because I did indeed run into an issue at the Caribou Coffee show in that they ONLY 5G so I could not use my 2.4G model.