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Re: Re:Wired Ethernet Connection at Hotel



On Mon, 2006-05-01 at 16:10 -0400, RICHARD wrote:
> I expected to be re-directed to a startup web page when I tried to use
> the browser but that did not happen - nothing happened the first time.

I've seen that sort of thing with an ISP:  If you get your logon
credentials wrong you have no internet access, just their local
webserver responding to all queries, with instructions for how you
should fix things.  However, it only worked with MSIE.  It didn't work
with Firefox, not even on Windows.  I'm guessing some non-standard
redirection technique is involved.

> I guessed at the gateway and dns and was able to ping them but that
> was as far as I could go until I used a route command to specify a
> default route to the gateway. I can tell from resolv.conf that dhcp is
> specifying the dns (yet I wasn't originally able to surf web pages
> unles I specified the ip address).

If the gateway doesn't change, you could try specifying such details by
hand, and using your own DNS server (if they don't prevent that by
blocking the port).  But you could still suffer another problem:  If
they use rapidly changing dynamic IPs, what you had for one moment might
be assigned to someone else in a few minutes, and you can't have two
different PCs trying to use the same IP concurrently.

One thing that springs to mind is that they may have a user jacked into
their network that's running its own DHCP server and it's messing up
networking for everyone else.  If that's the case, you can configure
your DHCP client to ignore DHCP servers from other addresses, but you'll
have to read the man page about how to do it.

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