A common problem for business travellers is connecting to WiFi in a hotel using multiple devices. On my last trip I had a phone, tablet and laptop, and needed to sync them all, which meant logging to the hotel system multiple times each day (once for each device). In my case it was free, but I still had to find the correct network, join, open a web browser, and enter my room and surname each time. For some reason the hotel wireless didn't want to connect 50% of the time, making it a frustrating experience.
One great solution is a travel router. These devices allow you to connect to the hotel WiFi or wired connection; log-on to the network once; then create a local secure hotspot for all of your other devices to connect.
If you've got one of the new ultrabooks with no Ethernet port - you can use it as an ethernet adaptor by connecting it between the hotel wired connection and a USB port on your ultrabook.
I just came across the new ASUS All-in-one Wireless-N Pocket Router - which looks like a super tiny device that ticks all of the functionality required.
- Connect to the hotel hotspot via 2.4GHz WiFi or 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
- Connect to your PC via USB 2.0 or 2.4GHz WiFi
- USB powered
- Guest network
- Web user-interface or USB hosted utility
- Win8 & Mac compatible
- Integrated NAT firewall
- 17.5g, 6.5cm long