Sharing Wi-fi Across Devices?


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#1
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Hi
I think I once read how someone was able to share the onboard wi-fi on several devices using an accessory (wifi router?) so can anyone provide more details on how this works please?
I'm just thinking that there may be time when we all want to use our devices at the same time on our forthcoming cruise and whether there is a way to overcome "taking turns" (i.e. login on one device, then logout on that for the next user etc.).
Thanks in advance.
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#2
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There is absolutely no way of taking turns. I buy a package for the whole cruise and if I forget to log out on my phone, I get a message if I try to use my iPad. The only way round it is buy more than one package.

I usually do longer cruises with lots of sea days but on a recent European cruise I just used my own 3G / 4G connection on my phone and iPad. I have Feel At Home on 3 and there is a long list of countries where I pay no more than my usual contract. It includes the USA fro example
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You can buy a travel router that connects to the ships wifi, you can then connect to the router with as many devices as you want. Netgear do one which I have and works fine.
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Originally posted by CCFC
You can buy a travel router that connects to the ships wifi, you can then connect to the router with as many devices as you want. Netgear do one which I have and works fine.
A couple of questions. Having checked online for travel routers they range from around £20 to £250, in your experience how much should be paid for one that works ok on a ship?
Secondly, what is their range on a ship, do devices have to be reasonably close to the router to pick up the wifi?
Thanks for any advice.
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I paid £25 for a Netgear Trek N300, its only really useful in the cabin though you can take it with you. If you find a plug it will work anywhere.
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#6
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Originally posted by CCFC
You can buy a travel router that connects to the ships wifi, you can then connect to the router with as many devices as you want. Netgear do one which I have and works fine.
Great, this is what I had in mind (I omitted the key word "travel" when I referred to a router) and it is good to know that it will work (just in the cabin will be fine).
Thanks very much & all the best.
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#7
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You need a travel router that has WISP mode, not all do, and one that allows you to set the MAC address.

This allows you to sign in with your phone or tablet to the network you want to share through the popup webpage, then spoof the MAC address of your phone/tablet to the router.

The router then connects to the network and as it has the phone/tablets MAC the network thinks it is the phone/tablet which authenticated through the webpage.

WISP mode both connects to the network and provides a WiFi hotspot for other devices to connect, as with a normal router.
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Originally posted by picsa
You need a travel router that has WISP mode, not all do, and one that allows you to set the MAC address.

This allows you to sign in with your phone or tablet to the network you want to share through the popup webpage, then spoof the MAC address of your phone/tablet to the router.

The router then connects to the network and as it has the phone/tablets MAC the network thinks it is the phone/tablet which authenticated through the webpage.

WISP mode both connects to the network and provides a WiFi hotspot for other devices to connect, as with a normal router.
Great info, thanks very much.
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