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Wireless hotel tips - FTP and Skype connections failing

I'm on line this week through a Spectrum interactive account, who's web site tells me that they have won a contract to supply BAA at Heathrow Terminal 5 and that they have an exclusive 7 year deal at Travelodge, where I have been staying. It's not all been a bed of roses - quite apart from a major loss of service which I've briefly comment on elsewhere, I've had a couple of other issues that I thought I would comment on as clearly this is a supplier who intends to be around in a big way, and doesn't appear to be providing a transparent connection.

a) FTP. Upload connections are being lost at the start of transfers; the solutions I have been using is to use scp instead. Thus

[within ftp]
puts xz.tar

has been replaced by
[at command line]
scp xz.tar whc@www.wellho.net:/home/whc/httpdocs/pix/xz.tar

b) Skype - the Skype port appears to be blocked. Perhaps SpectrumInteractive have an arrangement with one of the telecoms companies that provides phone service to some Travelodge locations to do this - but here at Swavesey there are no phones in the rooms and even the public phone has been removed. I guess most of us have a mobile these days ....

c) I have two laptops here with me. On the good side, I'm able to log either of them in as it appears that my signup hasn't been restricted to a single specific mac address as I find with many other Wifi service suppliers. Slightly less positive (but to be expected, I suppose, for security reasons) I can't use the hotel's wireless hub to communicate between my 2 computers even though they're both on the same subnet. Solution - software that lets me computer to computer network, in effect setting up one of the machines as a wireless base station itself!
(written 2007-10-26, updated 2007-11-20)

 
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  [11] A bolt of lightning on Multicasting - (2004-08-11)
  [37] Security and Safety - (2004-09-03)
  [267] Searching security holes - (2005-04-04)
  [332] Looking up IP addresses - (2005-06-01)
  [506] What are DHCP and DNS? - (2005-11-27)
  [511] Domain Forwarding - 2 ways of doing it - (2005-11-29)
  [1073] Heartbeat script in Perl - (2007-02-09)
  [1666] Slow boot and terminal start on Linux boxes - (2008-06-05)
  [1712] As different as night and tyres - (2008-07-18)
  [1904] Ruby, Perl, Linux, MySQL - some training notes - (2008-11-23)
  [2052] How was my web site compromised? - (2009-02-24)
  [2489] Parallel Pinging, using Python Threads or Expect spawn lists - (2009-11-02)
  [3448] Checking all the systems on a subnet, using Expect and Tk - (2011-09-18)
  [4134] Setting up your MacBook Air as a mobile broadband router - (2013-07-07)

A101 - Web Application Deployment - Linux -An Introduction For Users
  [73] vi - full circle - (2004-10-04)
  [74] pushd and popd - (2004-10-05)
  [152] Aladdin, or careful what you wish. - (2004-12-15)
  [249] An easy way out - (2005-03-17)
  [430] Linux commands - some basics - (2005-08-31)
  [431] File permissions of Linux and Unix systems - (2005-08-31)
  [593] Finding where the disc space has gone - (2006-02-06)
  [659] Web Application Components - (2006-03-28)
  [679] More or less on the edge of the page - (2006-04-11)
  [703] Copying files and preserving ownership - (2006-04-28)
  [710] Linux training Glasgow, Python programming course Dundee - (2006-05-05)
  [711] THE home directory or MY home directory - (2006-05-06)
  [749] Cottage industry or production line data handling methods - (2006-06-07)
  [984] Cardinal numbers and magic numbers - (2006-12-14)
  [1012] Moving files between Windows / DOS and Linux / Unix - (2006-12-30)
  [1013] Copy multiple files - confusing error message from cp - (2006-12-30)
  [1068] ls -l report, Linux / Unix - types and permssions - (2007-02-06)
  [1259] Where am I and how did I get here? - (2007-07-05)
  [1287] Work and play at Well House Manor - Football and Shell Shortcuts - (2007-08-02)
  [1288] Linux run states, shell special commands, and directory structures - (2007-08-03)
  [1366] awk - a powerful data extraction and manipulation tool - (2007-09-25)
  [1438] Copy and paste / cut and paste and other vi techniques - (2007-11-20)
  [1527] Selecting file names in a shell - one word or another - (2008-02-02)
  [1651] ls command - favourite options - (2008-05-23)
  [1764] Yank and Push - copy and move in vi - (2008-08-21)
  [1803] FTP passive mode - a sometimes cure for upload hangs - (2008-09-20)
  [1893] Some Linux and Unix tips - (2008-11-18)
  [1897] Keeping on an even keel - (2008-11-21)
  [1902] sstrwxrwxrwx - Unix and Linux file permissions - (2008-11-23)
  [2201] Running straight from the jar, but not from a tar - (2009-05-26)
  [2203] Always use su with minus. And where do programs come from? - (2009-05-27)
  [2299] How much space does my directory take - Linux - (2009-07-20)
  [2300] What does x on a linux directory mean? - (2009-07-21)
  [2479] Accidentally typed ci rather than vi? - (2009-10-27)
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  [2831] Recording (a macro) in vi - (2010-06-27)
  [3179] Oops - I typed ci not vi, and have lost my file ... - (2011-02-21)
  [3256] Displaying a directory or file system tree - Linux - (2011-04-22)
  [3791] The Kernel, Shells and Daemons. Greek Gods in computing - (2012-07-01)
  [3819] Packing a tar, jar or war file - best practise - (2012-07-26)


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