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    MD
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    motel security


    Hello
    My motel has wireless free with an Ethernet jack in the room.
    Does it help me to run an Ethernet cable from their jack to my router and another cable from the router to my laptop or is the network still unsecured as far as I am concerned?
    If the idea is worth it, is it straight forward?
    Thank you
    Last edited by Peter2; 19 Apr 2013 at 11:32.

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    Using your router and setting up wifi on your end is more secure than just signing into their wifi...
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    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    configuring


    Is there much to do with my router?
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    Win 8 (64) : Win 7 (64) : Vista (64) : Android JB 4.2 : iOS 6


    you might need administrative rights to setup your router as an access point only. Ethernet connection will be secured enough compared to wireless.
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    My experience with Motel / Hotel Internet connections is that the LAN connection in your room is a proper (often High Speed) LAN and is different from the Wifi connections in the same hotel.

    The Wifi in a busy Hotel -- especially if a lot of corporate / grey suited consultants are staying there is often overloaded and response time can drop dramatically whereas the LAN usually works most of the time -- most people can't be bothered to carry a small length of LAN cable with them so they all use the Wifi.

    As for security -- you could plug your router into the hotel's LAN but it's another piece of kit to carry -- usually you are secure enough on a LAN if you just disable the "Network visibility" / set up the network as being used as a public one rather than a home network.

    I travel a lot and I must admit I haven't heard any horrendous tales of people having security problems using the Internet in a Hotel any more than they have when at home. People who get Viruses - open email attachments from unknown sources and do all sorts of silly things they would at home will run into exactly the same problems they would wherever they are - while those who Surf sensibly won't get any problems either.

    Finally if you are logging into a Work system they will (or should have) a proper VPN which will certainly be secure even from a public Wi-Fi system -- if it isn't -- well then there are some people who should be given "Pink Slips" / P45's etc and sent on their way.

    I'm sure loads of decent Hotel Chains don't want to lose large corporate accounts on the grounds that their Internet is insecure.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    motel


    I really appreciate all the help.
    This hotel is the Spring hill suites by Marriott and should at least have a passkey.
    We will chose another one next time and leave the pc home this time. Most of us cannot figure out too much in the area of networking etc.
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    I am a Marriott Rewards member and have never had problems with security at any of the Marriott properties - Renaissance, Marriott, JR Marriott, Springhill Suites, Farifield Inn, etc. I use them often. Sometimes the speed isn't as fast as I would like, but other than that, no problems.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The router would give you an extra firewall. But that is still not a 100% secure environment.

    A better solution would be to install a Linux distro in a virtual partition under e.g. VMware Player and run all internet traffic via that. A Linux system is highly secure and it will unlikely get infected and should it get infected, just delete the VMware folder and roll in a clean copy that you should have made after you installed the Linux distro.

    And should you need to copy files obtained under Linux to the host system, run them first thru Virus Total (under Linux). If they come out clean there, then you are good.

    Here is a series of tutorials I made on how to install and setup a Linux distro (Mint Mate in that case). It is easy and a lot of fun.

    Just download the 2 page PDF control sheet from here and you will see.

    If you do not like Mint Mate, here is another option with Zorin.
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    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    Just returned


    I just returned + am catching up.

    There was no key so anyone could use their internet.

    I am not a skilled user so some of the well intentioned suggestions are too hard for me. I tried oracle's VM once and had to recover an image.

    I am going to read the links provided, however, in an attempt to educate my self for any future trips.

    I still wish to thank those who helped.

    Peter
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Here is another tutorial I just made. It was intended for a different purpose but it will give you a fully operational operating system with which you can browse the web 100% safe. I post this in your context because it is very, very easy to produce and there are no technical skills required.

    The production is quasi automatic with a few clicks and the execution is very easy and somewhat familiar.

    Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums
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