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  1. The Zuiderdam is on our candidate list for a Christmas & New Year's cruise this year. I'll have to dig back in to CC to see what's new since 2018.
  2. Hi, all! Very excited to be able to actually see the sail aways again. They're working on our building. Our windows are covered in plastic which ruins the view. We were locked in with boards across the doors for months. We finally got sprung last weekend.
  3. I can set it up, but the second wifi connection does not want to stay up. FWIW, the little travel router runs for days on a "lipstick" battery. I have no doubt that you can bridge two wifi networks, but it does not seem to work for me.
  4. I have a Pixel 3 and it doesn't want to hotspot when connected to wifi. Mine is an unlocked version straight from Google with developer mode unlocked. For the cost and the ease of use, the little travel router was great. We connected our phones, my laptop and my wife's tablet with no problems.
  5. It depends on the phone. You'd need 2 Wi-Fi radios, one for the connection to the WLAN and one to act as the access point. I don't think most phones are built that way. You can hotspot from the cellular network, but I don't know about two Wi-Fi networks. For a cellular hotspot, you use the cellular radio and the Wi-Fi radio.
  6. The other issue, and it's somewhat minor for most people, is that some people think that HAL's Navigator is an app. It's not. It's an intranet page. As such, it behaves more like a website than an app. Notifications don't work the same as an app, and you have the opportunity to answer "No" to receiving notifications. Once you do that, you need to manually refresh the Navigator page in order to see the notifications. When you answer "No" to notifications, you don't get the little push notifications for a whole bunch of events, including the messaging functionality.
  7. You're welcome. On our cruise last December, the speeds were great until the second to last day - a sea day - when a lot of people decided to but a 1 day pass. You had a whole bunch of devices that hadn't been updated since we left port 8 days prior trying to perform updates. Take a couple hundred people's devices and multiply that by a week's worth of patches and upgrades and you had some seriously clogged up Internet satellite pipes.
  8. To temporarily disable automatic updates on Windows 10, use these steps: Open Settings. Click on Update & Security. Click on Windows Update. Click the Advanced options button. Under the "Pause updates" sections, use the Pause until drop-down menu, and select how long to disable automatic updates
  9. Depending on what kind of pop up blockers your browser has, you don't necessarily get the warning. However, the "new" device can force the "old" device to log off. FWIW, keeping the login page open in its own browser tab seemed to do the trick. Once we logged in, we did all the surfing in a new browser tab. You need to remember that programs besides the browser can keep your connection and lease alive. I turn off auto updates for that reason. (I wish everyone would while they're traveling.)
  10. If they didn't go all the way to the logoff page, the session stays live until the "lease" expires. You have to go to the logoff page and actually click the logout link. Otherwise the lease stays in effect until it times out from inactivity. The login/logout links are in the little Internet paper in your room, although login.com and logout.com resolve to those pages 99% of the time. The lease is a negotiated connection between the DHCP server and the client device. DHCP is dynamic host control protocol and is the protocol by which devices are assigned temporary network addresses for a certain period of time.
  11. On the Zuiderdam last year, we had a double Gala, both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you're familiar with HAL's Gala menus, there is usually a silver menu for the first night and gold for the second. We has silver for the first night, green for Christmas eve, and red for Christmas day. The two menus are linked below. The links will take you to Evernote where you can see the scanned PDFs of the two menus. (You don't need to have an Evernote account. Just follow the link to the page and you'll see the embedded PDFs.) Christmas Eve Christmas Day We thought that the food was some of the best we've had on a cruise in years. (I posted that in my Live From a year ago.) Speaking of Christmas Cruises, you can wade through the whole thing and see the daily programs and activities in the thread. It's a fairly long read, but it should give you an idea of what to expect. Ours was a 10 Day Southern itinerary with the ABC islands and sea days for both 12/24 and 12/25. Pretty much an ideal Christmas schedule. The full Live From:
  12. While I'm rambling on.... If you decide to go this route, make sure you set everything up at home before you leave for vacation. Figure out how to connect your travel router to your network at home. Program the SSID and network passwords into every device you want to use with the router. Change the SSID (Network Name) and the PASSWORD of your router. (This is a security thing. If your default password is "admin" and your password is "password," the nearest teenager could lock you out of your router.) Write down the new password. Place it in the little travel bag that comes with your router. Write the password down again and put it in your wallet or luggage. Get used to the connection screen. You'll use it to find the best access point on the ship, based on where you are. There is a network strength finder you can use to choose the strongest AP signal. If you move about the ship, you will want to reconnect to another AP if it's got a better signal. In our case the best AP for our room was not the best for the cabanas. I simply reconnected as we moved about the ship. You DO NOT need a PC and LAN connection to make the whole setup work. You can manage the router and connections from a phone or a tablet. I just happened to have a PC with me and connecting via a CAT 5 cable was convenient. If we were out in the evening, I stuck the router and battery in my jacket pocket and managed the connection with my phone. You just need a device with a browser.
  13. For whatever reason, the photo didn't pull through with the link to my old post. I could have sworn it used to link automatically. Here's the photo:
  14. My, oh my.... I forgot what a joy it is to search for content here on CruiseCritic. It's a good thing I wrote the darn post, @*Miss G*, otherwise I'd have never found it. Thank goodness I gave the network the SSID "PoohbyNet" or I'd have been screwed. Anyway.... The post is here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2614573-twas-the-cruise-during-christmas-zuiderdam-2018/?do=findComment&comment=56382749 I have last year's model of TP Link's travel router. You can find the new one here. It's the TP-Link TL-WR902AC. It's $34.97 on Amazon. My model is the TL-WR802N. The new model has more indicator lights. I'm not sure if it's got additional capabilities that make it worth $5 more than last year's model. Although, from a technical standpoint, more flashing blinky lights is always better. You'll want to pick up a small lipstick battery pack to power the router if you don't already have one. I use an Anker PowerCore 3350 mAh ($19.99) but use whatever you have. A 3,000 mAh battery will run the router for days. The form factor is the same for old and new models, so you can get an idea of the size from my post from last year. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2614573-twas-the-cruise-during-christmas-zuiderdam-2018/?do=findComment&comment=56382749
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