On a current trip to Virginia carrying a laptop (Dell VISTA), an iPod Touch, an iPad2, and a Nook Color all w/ potential Wi-Fi connections - first stay at the Homestead in Hot Springs (free Wi-Fi, so not a problem, i.e. could connect all devices, if desired, at no charge).
BUT, now at the Roanoke Hotel which is charging me $9.95 for a 24-hr Wi-Fi connection for my laptop - cannot connect any other of our devices w/o additional charges to each one; obviously will NOT do - so what are the choices of getting around this issue?
Now for a number of years I used an older Asus adapter in the days that only wired connections were offered in many hotels - this allowed me to used this device as a 'wireless' access point instead of being wired (pic below - Asus has released new models).
I've not checked if this older model would allow me to connect either wired or 'wireless' and then set up a 'router-type' situation where the hotel charging me one fee for a connection would allow me (w/o them knowing of course) to use my other devices.
I know a lot of newer alternatives to this situation have been released, but I was hoping that those in the forum that have faced this same situation have chosen some of the better options now currently available. I guess that basically I'd like a SMALL portable device that will pick up a hotel's wired or wireless connection, then behave like a router and send out a wireless option to all of my Wi-Fi devices w/o me paying any additional fees?
Thanks for any comments, advice, & recommendations -