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Mon, Feb. 24th, 2014, 08:41 pm
How to get around censored wifi at Best Western hotel?

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

These retards are running some sort of “webnanny” and blocking sites I need. Any suggestions how to get around this? I will complain to the management in the morning, but I doubt it would help much. Could change hotels, I suppose…

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)

What have you tried? Proxies are usually a good work-around to this if they aren't blocked.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)

I have not tried anything other than lodging a complaint. Which proxies would you recommend?

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)

if you're constantly traveling, have you considered a hotspot from your wireless provider? i think i'd prefer to rely on my own network rather than the frequently crappy and unreliable networks found in hotels.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)

Slow, and I'd run out of data (if using my cell account). I suppose I could set up an additional data-only account...still slow.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)

eh, i suppose. 4G's better/more reliable than wireless at most of the hotels i've visited, though!

Wed, Feb. 26th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)

Yep. I've found 4G/LTE to be significantly faster than any hotel internet connection (WiFi or ethernet). Data plans suck, though. If you have Verizon, you can move up and down the data plans without penalty. $10/GB if I recall correctly. Not ideal, but works for a limited time event.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)

Sounds like you need a VPN service / proxy. proxpn is one I have heard mentioned / advertised a few times.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)

This. There are many on the net.

(As much crap as I have, I'm surprised I've not set one up. Lots of remote access VPNs, but no "proxy" VPN.)

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)

I keep ssh running on port 443 on a few boxes so I can ssh -D through those when I'm on a hostile network.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)

3g/4g, may solve your problem, but i have no info about covarage in your state, but small good 3/4g/wifi antenna can fix this.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 05:27 am (UTC)

if you are paying extra for it, reverse all charges.

if it's bundled with the room, tell them you want a discount or a refund, as this is not documented on their website, or policies. you do not subscribe to censorship, and you will be lodging (hah) a complaint with corporate, and tells 10s of thousands of people about this.

for starters.


Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 07:59 am (UTC)

If the local management is even running it. A lot of places do outsource the crap.

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 08:13 am (UTC)

i'd ask about their privacy policy, and why they are using a third party untrusted vendor without prior notice? :D


Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)

Check PM please, gave you good proxy.

Thu, Feb. 27th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)

You could try Tor, too -- https: // www. torproject. org/

Thu, Feb. 27th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)

There's always Google Translate.