In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

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In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby jssstudio » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:03 am

I CAN connect my iMac to the open WiFi network and CAN stream Netflix to the computer screen in lo-res. I am unable to connect my Roku over the same WiFi connection. I would like to watch Netflix on my large screen LCD in the RV and not on the computer.

Is there something I am missing about an "open/not passworded" connection? Would I be able by some "magic" to have the Roku pick a usable signal from my iMac/airport and stream that way? I have spoken with a nice Indian fellow and had no success with connecting. I was, however, able to connect to upgrade the firmware after a Roku reset.

Am I asking too much? What might work? Thanks for any help...
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Re: In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby canaws » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:15 am

Does you roku box "see" the wireless network (is it listed when you go through the wireless setup part)?

Does the network require you to go through some sort of sign-in/agreement use page before you can connect?
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Re: In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby jssstudio » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:40 am

Yes, I can "see" the network on ROKU box. It requires NO password. I select the network and after seeing three green lights on Roku am informed, after a time, that I cannot connect to the internet. Thanks for your interest.
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Re: In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby kc8pql » Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:47 am

jssstudio wrote:Yes, I can "see" the network on ROKU box. It requires NO password. I select the network and after seeing three green lights on Roku am informed, after a time, that I cannot connect to the internet. Thanks for your interest.

search the forum for "hotel WiFi". There are a number of threads dealing with this sort of connection. I'm not a networking guru, but I think the Roku needs a router in there somewhere.
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Re: In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby jssstudio » Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:19 pm

OK...thanks for the thred to search...I have a router...we'll see!!!
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Re: In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby RokuPatrick » Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:31 pm

If they require you to click something on a web page before granting full Internet access, then the Roku box will be able to connect to the network, but won't be permitted on the Internet. There is a way to deal with this if you're clever with a router.

I'd also check the terms of service to make sure you're not in violation. Many public access points explicitly forbid video streaming and other bandwidth-intensive streaming to help ensure everyone else on the network has a decent experience.
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Re: In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby jssstudio » Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:50 pm

This wifi network is OPEN...no clicks...no passwords.
I am able to stream with fair speed on my iMac...and will probably do that.

There no stated rules against streaming. Thanks.

Also, I think I will attempt to up the level of my cleverness...with a router. Best!
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Re: In RV, using open WiFi from RV Park..cannot connect

Postby kc8pql » Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:42 pm

If all else fails, connecting the computer to the TV so you can use it as a monitor may be another option.
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