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  Mac OS X for the Traveler, Part 1
Subject:   Hotel Ethernet
Date:   2004-09-04 19:50:31
From:   Boutsik
Here's something I'd wish you'd tackle:

I have been frustrated over and over again by the In Room Ethernet connections in Hotel rooms....I plug it in and consistently, in one hotel after another, am told that My computer doesn't have an ethernet address and cannot connect...when I call downstairs to the sleepy front desk, they never have any advice and then they snicker when I tell them I'm on a MAC system...

The answer I always get is "Hmm, you should just be able to open your computer and be on the internet.." I can fine when I find a wi-fi, but not ehternet...

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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Hotel Ethernet
    2004-09-05 13:21:13  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]


    In order to make sure that your Mac does use the Ethernet port in order to connect to the Internet, you may want to create a new location and to only open Ethernet on it. Then, set it up so that your Mac uses DHCP to connect (the most commonly used configuration in hotels).

    By plugging your Mac into the hotel's Ethernet port and using this location, you should be able to get a DHCP address. Indeed, if you experience problems with the "Automatic" Mac OS X location, this may simply mean that your computer is picking up another signal (like AirPort) and tries to use it to connect to a network.

    Let me know if this helps!