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#1
TomsRiver,NJ & Bonita Springs,FL USA
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I've used my laptop in my home, where it "picks up" WiFi from my own coded network (don't know if I'm using the correct jargon). The laptop is cruising with me; how do I connect to the ship's WiFi?

What would I do without you, fellow cruisers?

Many thanks...
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Tuckerton, NJ
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My experience with wifi on the Celebrity Equinox was that once I paid for my Internet (paid for unlimited) I could access the wifi and then receive a website splash screen to sign into with my account. I only had one account so I would have to sign off and allow my wife to sign in when she wanted to use iPad. My next cruise in August I have paid for 2 Internet accounts to avoid the hassle.

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#3
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Originally posted by Llorrac
My experience with wifi on the Celebrity Equinox was that once I paid for my Internet (paid for unlimited) I could access the wifi and then receive a website splash screen to sign into with my account. I only had one account so I would have to sign off and allow my wife to sign in when she wanted to use iPad. My next cruise in August I have paid for 2 Internet accounts to avoid the hassle.

Rick
I have 2 unlimited internet perk on my next Celebrity cruise, but I am planning to bring my Hootoo Tripmate Nano to see if I could sign in from the Hootoo. It will then act as a WiFi hotspot in the cabin to connect all my devices (phones, tablets, laptops) so I don't have to keep logging in and out. It works in hotel but not sure if it will work on the ship.
#4
Tuckerton, NJ
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Lostchild: My cruise in August also has the 2 Internet unlimited perks. Celebrity does state that they do not want passengers doing what you are wanting to do, but I do know from my cruise on Equinox from March 2016 that it was possible to do what you want just like in a Hotel. I am in the same situation that when I travel I bring a travel router to my hotel for an extra layer of firewall security and to allow all of my devices to talk together. Unless something has changed on board your ship I believe you will be successful. I would suggest that you hide your SSID and lower your output power to just what is needed for your cabin.

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#5
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Originally posted by Llorrac
Lostchild: My cruise in August also has the 2 Internet unlimited perks. Celebrity does state that they do not want passengers doing what you are wanting to do, but I do know from my cruise on Equinox from March 2016 that it was possible to do what you want just like in a Hotel. I am in the same situation that when I travel I bring a travel router to my hotel for an extra layer of firewall security and to allow all of my devices to talk together. Unless something has changed on board your ship I believe you will be successful. I would suggest that you hide your SSID and lower your output power to just what is needed for your cabin.

Rick
Good idea, I will turn off the SSID broadcast. I did read someone said that some ship will look at your data stream and if they decided your data requests seem to be from different devices.. for example a mix of mobile websites and desktop websites... it will disable your account.
#6
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A VPN will help, as then they cannot see what you are hitting as sites.

Also useful for hitting banned sites in some countries. Oman bans ALL VOIP services. VPN allows you to use them.

Another option, that I plan on using, is to hotspot from my phone to use my tablet and my friend's phone and tablet.

Same idea as a mobile hotspot, but I already have it.
#7
United States
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Originally posted by malony33
I've used my laptop in my home, where it "picks up" WiFi from my own coded network (don't know if I'm using the correct jargon). The laptop is cruising with me; how do I connect to the ship's WiFi?
Normally, places will give you instructions on connecting.

But if you are using Windows, in the lower right corner will be a Wifi icon. Click on it, and it will bring up a list of wifi networks in the area.
Pick the correct one (if you check the box that says Remember this Network, it will automatically connect every time like you have at home), and then open your browser of choice and try to go to some website. I normally just try to hit Google. This will normally take you to the log in screen.

Enter what is needed and you will be online.
#8
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Originally posted by malony33
I've used my laptop in my home, where it "picks up" WiFi from my own coded network (don't know if I'm using the correct jargon). The laptop is cruising with me; how do I connect to the ship's WiFi?

What would I do without you, fellow cruisers?

Many thanks...
You will sign into the system as you use it. You will likely also need to sign out. Otherwise you will continue to use time. All of the instructions should show up on your screens. There will also be IT people to assist you on board.
#9
Georgia
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Originally posted by SRF
A VPN will help, as then they cannot see what you are hitting as sites.
At least on Carnival, "VPN connections are not supported."
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#10
United States
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Originally posted by bUU
At least on Carnival, "VPN connections are not supported."
Hmm, I wonder how they manage that. The Chinese government hasn't been able to stop VPNs out of the country.
#11
Georgia
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Originally posted by lostchild
I have 2 unlimited internet perk on my next Celebrity cruise, but I am planning to bring my Hootoo Tripmate Nano to see if I could sign in from the Hootoo. It will then act as a WiFi hotspot in the cabin to connect all my devices (phones, tablets, laptops) so I don't have to keep logging in and out. It works in hotel but not sure if it will work on the ship.
It worked on Carnival Magic last week.
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#12
Fort Erie, Canada
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Originally posted by lostchild
I have 2 unlimited internet perk on my next Celebrity cruise, but I am planning to bring my Hootoo Tripmate Nano to see if I could sign in from the Hootoo. It will then act as a WiFi hotspot in the cabin to connect all my devices (phones, tablets, laptops) so I don't have to keep logging in and out. It works in hotel but not sure if it will work on the ship.
Did not work on Celebrity Solstice last February. Same HooToo device. Would not even connect to the ships WiFi.
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United States
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Other threads mentioned that the cruise lines are getting smarter and blocking routers from logging into the wifi.