Nelson's log

Hotel internet woes

Travelling in France, various problems with hotel Internet:

France has a particular problem in that the law requires all Internet users have to identify themselves. A requirement which is not always reliably enforced, but it seems to be enough that few places are willing to just let you connect to a WiFi node; you have to type in some form of identification. Hotels love getting your email address, of course.

The real problem is all this captive portal hackery; it may be an even worse networking abomination than NAT. Wasn’t there some effort to at least standardize a captive portal response so your browser understands that “www.google.com” isn’t actually a page for a shitty Novotel?