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Speeding up hotel wifi

Feb 1, 2019 5:31PM PST

Hey all. I've been trying to figure this out on my own, but I've gone past the extent of my knowledge base as far as networking. I'm staying in a hotel for the next 2 months and despite having a very strong signal, the wifi in my room is very slow compared to other rooms here. I have a laptop, a tp-link router and some ethernet cables and am trying to figure out a solution to speed things up.

I can't find a hotel router anywhere in the room. The phones are pretty fancy. I think they're voip, because they have a MAC address, IP address, server IP addresses and IPv4/6 info. Could they be acting as the hotel wifi signal source? There's an ethernet jack on the back of the phone that's supposed to go to a computer, but when I hook up to it, my ethernet port says "no internet". Same with the wall jacks. I've tried to set up a router straight through the wall jack and through the phone as well. No luck.

The router's easy-setup couldn't figure out how to set itself up. I tried setting up a wireless WDS bridge to connect the router to the hotel wifi. I've read that hooking a router up to the wifi signal and connecting your devices to the router might speed things up. The tp link survey showed that there were about 10 signals for it (only the single SSID/signal show up for wifi signals in windows). Seemed pretty straight-forward, but when I tried to connect through the router, "no internet".

If the phones might be the source of the wifi, I don't know which of the 10-15 IP addresses to put where in the router setup. If not, I'm assuming that I have no working ethernet drops in the room. There are other, unused ethernet ports, but they won't power the phones and my laptop says "no internet" for those as well.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Joel

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Use correct hotel password
Feb 1, 2019 9:34PM PST

To use Wifi or Ethernet Internet from your hotel room or the hotel, you need to have the hotel's public Wifi password and for Ethernet connections, you likely have to have a password from the hotel, too. Once you have the hotel's Internet connection access password, you should be able access the Internet. As for the slow Wifi speed relative to the other rooms in the hotel, try changing the Wifi channel on your router. The channels you can use are 1, 6 and 11.

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Re: bad WiFi
Feb 2, 2019 1:21AM PST

Just go to reception and ask for another room with a faster WiFi, like one of the other ones you know from experience that it's faster.
Since you're customer that will stay 2 months, they surely will help you as much as possible, for example by letting you into an empty room to test.

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