Laptops / Internet from hotels - motels ?

Submitted: Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 11:59
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We are planning a trip around Australia.
I will need to do a bit of work on the net about 5hrs a week.

Has anyone used motel / hotel rooms to connect to the net, are phone lines in motels hard to find ?

I looked in the forum archives regarding connecting through a mobile phone.
I see many pros and cons and hefty costs.

Is there a simple solution ?
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Reply By: Member - Tony- Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 12:10

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 12:10
Depending on who your local ISP is, you may have 2 options

1)If you are with a big ISP, you may be able to either connect to their remote Points of Presence ( POP) nearest to your location, Telstra Bigpond wins here for most locations I think. Then the cost is your normal ISP charges, plus the cost of the ISD call if necessary to the nearest POP. ( plus any charges that the hotel may add on)

2)Otherwise many smaller ISP's have a roaming service using either IPASS or GRIC. These both amount to the same thing and allow you to connect to any participating ISP as if it was yours. There may be a fee to join this service on top of your normal ISP charges. In addition you will be charged for the phone call, and extra that the hotel charges as well as a per minute fee for roaming. Your ISP's home page should tell you about this service. There are POP's in just about any reasonable sized town and you should be able to get to one with a local call.

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Follow Up By: Member - Tony- Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 12:18

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 12:18
I forgot to mention, my ISP use IPASS, and this comes with a special dialer that has the dial up locations and numbers in it. You can search for the city by location etc.

As a few examples ( in Western Vic) there are POPs in Beech Forrest and Birregurra, pretty small places.

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Reply By: GQfisho - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 14:38

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 14:38
Just look out for the charges as some motels charge per minute and the connection speeds can be slow. There is also a small issue of wheter the motel has pulse dialing phone lines,which does not work with some laptops, or tone dialing which is no problem.
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Reply By: Member - Sparky (Brisvegas) - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 15:04

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 15:04
Tripping around Oz sounds great!

If you are wanting to access the net for email only - have you thought about setting up an email address with yahoo/hotmail and accessing it from internet cafes...a cheaper and easier alternative. Most larger towns have them (although some do vary in price!)...If for trading shares etc - you might have to stick with hotels - I can access stuff through mobile (blue tooth) but I have a hefty mobile bill if I do use it.

ENjoy your planning for next year.

SparkyLovin' life!
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Follow Up By: Janset - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 17:01

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 17:01
Hi All.

There is a nice site here that enables you to access your personal email from any computer anywhere.

Give it a go and see what you think. Just cut and paste the link.


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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 18:21

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 18:21
Some ISP's wont allow you to check mail from other ISP's.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 19:44

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 19:44
I use bigpong and have had good experience with it while travelling, both with the mobile and connecting from hotel rooms. You just use the 0198308888 local call number for unlimited duration for the cost of a local call. OK some places charge 60 cents for a local call, but I can live with that. Sometimes you need to add a zero to gain access to the outside line. Last week in Noosa (sorry about the name drop) I was getting 15 kps over the hotel phone line.Bob
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Follow Up By: Luke - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 22:59

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 22:59
...just a quick tip when dialing from a line that makes you dial 0 to get a tone:

...when configuring dial-up networking, add the number as....

0, 8877766655etc....

The coma tells your machine to pause and wait for the tone after dialing '0'
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 22:03

Monday, Sep 15, 2003 at 22:03
Have you talked with your existing ISP ? what options do they advise ?Carpe Diem
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2003 at 01:13

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2003 at 01:13
depending on the motels phone line setup either PABX or digital you may need to add several 0's to get the line once it took 11 0's to trick the old phone system into getting a outside line as modems dial very fast and this system was ancient.

happens at many places i have worked at.

cheers have fun1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
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Reply By: Member - dolfn - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2003 at 07:55

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2003 at 07:55
The other option is to get a phone away card!

Im in the airline industry, so spen a lot of time in hotels. I got sck of paying very high rates when calling home. So I got one of these cards. You just dial the freecall numbe and then type in you card number and pin and follow the prompts. It costs about 50c to connect then normal rates after that. You can set up your computer to connect to the internet using the ame card. Its really easy and very convenient.

See you on our travels

H,K & A
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Reply By: AdamMC - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2003 at 10:19

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2003 at 10:19
Wow !
Thanks everyone for the information, it has helped alot ;)

What phone away card company do you use ?

If I was to dial up through a mobile when i get to major towns and cites.. What ISP would you guys recommend. Do i need to a special mobile phone connection ?

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