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Old November 18th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Use wifi-only Nexus 7 as a hotspot?

I'm new to Android and have tried a few apps (such as FoxFi) without success. I am looking for suggestions on how to achieve the objective below with a Wi-fi-only Nexus 7 (if even possible - though I thought anything was supposed to be possible on android).

As many of you know, too often hotels charge for the internet service that should be standard these days. Often they charge per device. So, the goal is to set up a hotspot to share that connection. Devices like the Apple Airport Express work great if no login screen is required. But, when one must log in, accept terms and provide payment if necessary, a device with a screen is required.

I would like to find a way to use my Nexus 7 to perform the network login and then act as a hotspot for the rest of my wi-fi enabled devices without having to perform multiple logins and then go through all the trouble of having the front desk remove the duplicate charges.

I searched for some time, but all the links keep coming back either for connecting to a hotspot or using a cellular-enabled device as a hotspot. Help would be appreciated.

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Old November 18th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not it's not possible. There is a technical explanation but let's just skip that.
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I'm new to Android and have tried a few apps (such as FoxFi) without success. I am looking for suggestions on how to achieve the objective below with a Wi-fi-only Nexus 7 (if even possible - though I thought anything was supposed to be possible on android).

As many of you know, too often hotels charge for the internet service that should be standard these days.
I think the only standard thing you get in many hotels these days is the bed, anything else is charged extra. And for god's sake, stay out of some of the mini-bars.

TBH it may actually be cheaper and easier to use a 3G enabled device, and share that instead. Far more secure and private as well, unless you're using a VPN with hotel internet. Was staying in a large Hong Kong hotel a couple of years ago, when Firesheep came out. I could see everyone's Facebook, that was on the same hotel network. You're often able to browse other guest's Windows shares as well on hotel networks. There was one person in the hotel, apparently had a Mac. They'd set their whole hard drive as network shared, with full read/write open to anyone.... Oops!! I'm not normally into hacking, but when I'm in a hotel room alone, there's nothing on TV, I get curious to find what else is available on the network.
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