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  Reply # 1624428 6-Sep-2016 09:54
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How do you get sign a router into a browser based Wifi access portal?

 

 

The travel router has a web interface where you set up the details of the host WiFi network

 

Then, the first time you access a web page via the travel router, you'll get the normal hotel login screen - but you only need to do this once, from one client device because the login details apply to the travel router.  Every other device you connect to the travel router doesn't need to be logged in

 

 

The one catch to be aware of when using a travel router is that you'll have double NAT at a minimum, and triple NAT at some hotels where there hotspot is already behind a NAT firewall. This won't matter for streaming, but does have the potential to break many other applications.

 

 


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  Reply # 1624432 6-Sep-2016 10:02
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The one catch to be aware of when using a travel router is that you'll have double NAT at a minimum, and triple NAT at some hotels where there hotspot is already behind a NAT firewall. This won't matter for streaming, but does have the potential to break many other applications.

 

 

 

Noted - I haven't found any apps it breaks yet.  I thought it might affect the Citrix app I need to use for work but OK so far.  I guess I could always bypass if required

 

The big win is when travelling with family - instead of configuring up to ten devices to work on the hotel network, you just need to do one setup on the router


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  Reply # 1624443 6-Sep-2016 10:13
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I used one of these a couple of times and had good success. I think @sbiddle has it now.

 

http://www.tp-link.com.au/products/details/TL-WR702N.html#overview

 

 

 

Also - if you are Android, wouldn't a Chromecast be a better choice? Smaller, lighter, more portable etc and better integrated in the OS





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  Reply # 1624444 6-Sep-2016 10:16
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I used one of these a couple of times and had good success. I think @sbiddle has it now.

 

http://www.tp-link.com.au/products/details/TL-WR702N.html#overview

 

 

 

Also - if you are Android, wouldn't a Chromecast be a better choice? Smaller, lighter, more portable etc and better integrated in the OS

 

 

I would have thought so.  Neither have local storage anyway, and the chromecast has a better app selection (than a ATV3 - which you can't change, ATV4 is getting to be similar) better pricing (CC $69, ATV3 $169 and ATV4 starts at $299).

 

 





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  Reply # 1624470 6-Sep-2016 11:30
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Yes, I would have thought Chromecast too, especially from a portability perspective.





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  Reply # 1624518 6-Sep-2016 12:16
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Chromecast needs a travel router and another device to act as a remote (3 devices). So it's more like $150. 

 

ATV just works with its remote - seems simpler but maybe login will be a PITA?

 

 





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  Reply # 1624563 6-Sep-2016 12:54
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Another simple option would be a micro USB to HDMI adapter, if your phone supports MHL. No remote so you'd have to get up to change the channel like some sort of barbarian out of a history book, but would be cheap, easy to transport, and save mucking around with network infrastructure any more than necessary.

Actually, i think you could add a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard for remote controlling that sucker too.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?



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  Reply # 1624606 6-Sep-2016 14:14
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mdf: Another simple option would be a micro USB to HDMI adapter, if your phone supports MHL. No remote so you'd have to get up to change the channel like some sort of barbarian out of a history book, but would be cheap, easy to transport, and save mucking around with network infrastructure any more than necessary.

Actually, i think you could add a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard for remote controlling that sucker too.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?

 

Might do - S4 with  Lollipop and Spark bloat-ware.

 

If I was watching Netflix on my phone and mirroring to the TV, does NetFlix stream an appropriate screen size and resolution for the phone or TV?





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  Reply # 1624620 6-Sep-2016 14:35
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mdf: Another simple option would be a micro USB to HDMI adapter, if your phone supports MHL. No remote so you'd have to get up to change the channel like some sort of barbarian out of a history book, but would be cheap, easy to transport, and save mucking around with network infrastructure any more than necessary.

Actually, i think you could add a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard for remote controlling that sucker too.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?


Might do - S4 with  Lollipop and Spark bloat-ware.


If I was watching Netflix on my phone and mirroring to the TV, does NetFlix stream an appropriate screen size and resolution for the phone or TV?



I was about to say yes but then remebered that I've only tried this a couple of times, and in both cases the TV screen resolution and my phone resolution were the same (1920 * 1080) so not sure whether it scales properly or not. Google seems to say that is will up to 1080p, but YMMV there. And having looked it up, apparently you need an 11 pin MHL adapter for an S4, but that seems to be a good thing overall (doesn't need separate power).



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  Reply # 1624667 6-Sep-2016 15:39
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I'm starting to think just travelling with my Surface Pro 1 might actually be the simplest option!





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  Reply # 1624687 6-Sep-2016 16:17
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I'm starting to think just travelling with my Surface Pro 1 might actually be the simplest option!

 

 

 

 

I travel with one of these

 

 

 

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-Newest-Vsmart-M1-Intel-Quad-Core-CPU-TV-BOX-2GB-32GB-Windows-8-1-OS/32265985089.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.72.Eh0CHm

 

 

 

SD card for media, has 2.4 and 5g wireless and then just get a small remote keyboard.

 

Use it at home as my media pc as well, has no problems playing netflix, neon etc.  Also fine with media and vlc.

 

 


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  Reply # 1624688 6-Sep-2016 16:20
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 Oh if you do look at it now make sure you get the Z3735F the z8300 was really bad at doing anything and had no end of trouble with it (got it for a friends birthday present and then spent 2 weeks trying to get it to run as good as the z3735f).

 

 


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  Reply # 1624698 6-Sep-2016 16:43
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 The Intel PC on a Stick or the ASUS Chromebit might be a good option if we're going down that route. I've got a similarly-specced Minix Neo box which is quite good, but the sticks are far more portable.





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  Reply # 1624707 6-Sep-2016 16:54
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Thanks. A few options to think about there. 

 

If I get something with bluetooth I can use my phone as a keyboard/mouse.  One less device.

 

 





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  Reply # 1626885 10-Sep-2016 10:10
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MikeAqua:

mdf: Another simple option would be a micro USB to HDMI adapter, if your phone supports MHL. No remote so you'd have to get up to change the channel like some sort of barbarian out of a history book, but would be cheap, easy to transport, and save mucking around with network infrastructure any more than necessary.

Actually, i think you could add a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard for remote controlling that sucker too.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?


Might do - S4 with  Lollipop and Spark bloat-ware.


If I was watching Netflix on my phone and mirroring to the TV, does NetFlix stream an appropriate screen size and resolution for the phone or TV?



Apple TV definitely do this, and actually pull the content directly from the net.

NFlix is on the device itself (all the way back to ATV2) so you simply log in once ON the device and then can either use its remote (or a remote app) to control it directly OR AirPlay to it from your phone.

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