Archive | February, 2014

Hotel WiFi

13 Feb

I’ve been staying in a hotel for work over the last couple of nights (the Premier Inn at Bracknell Central, since you ask), so I decided to take advantage of the hotel WiFi at an extra £3 per 24 hours (seriously, when a room is costing £114 per night this should be included).

My Windows Phone 8, er… phone. Connected without issue, but when it came to connecting my laptop (the Surface Pro 2 running Windows 8.1) no dice. The network connection was made, but only offered a limited connection (i.e. no internet so essentially useless).

The redirect/hijacking to the hotel login page was not appearing. Tethering via my phone I searched countless websites for a solution, and ended up trying some fairly exotic admin commands, but nothing worked.


After continuing to try for an hour or so on the second night I stumbled across the solution. My wireless connection adapter was bridged (from memory I think this was to the Windows Phone Emulator adapter), and for some reason this was consuming the redirects (or at least preventing them from appearing).

Deleting the bridge and re-connecting to the hotel WiFi immediately prompted me to enter the password entry page, and from then on everything worked.

A few weeks ago I attempted to connect to the WiFi on London Underground and was a bit perplexed why it wouldn’t show me the login page there, I suspect this will solve that issue too.

So if you ever hit this problem my advice is to check if you have any adapters bridged, and if so make a note of the settings (just like I didn’t) and try deleting the bridge.

Hopefully this will work for you too, if so please let me know.



10 Feb

Overhead on train:

“Have you noticed when you go to a website the computer has been to before, it’s much quicker?”

“Yes, it leaves the cookies there from before”

1. It’s an iPad you’re using. I know because you’ve been bitching about it for the last 30 minutes. I guess that qualifies as a computer…

2. It does indeed leave cookies behind, that’s kinda their purpose. But that’s almost certainly not why it’s faster. That’ll be down to the cache…

3. Why do I care? I don’t (much), it just amuses me when people get stuff subtly wrong. I do it all the time, probably more than my share, but when it’s said with great authority it does make me chuckle.

So I’ll just sign off by saying: The reason blood is red is to signify danger. If you’re bleeding it is probably dangerous after all!