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Using Center Parcs wifi with Amazon Fire Stick / TV

Trying to use the Center Parcs wifi with an Amazon Fire Stick doesn’t work out of the box, it prompts you for a login page that disappears.

I got this to work but it is not easy. The way these login pages work is they register your MAC address (your wifi card has a unique ID known as a MAC address). If you have a linux laptop (& maybe Mac / Windows but you would change your MAC address in a different way if possible) you can clone the MAC address, log in with your laptop and this opens up the connection for your Fire TV.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. Get your Fire Stick MAC address & turn off Fire Stick
  2. Install macchanger on your linux machine
  3. Stop networking on your linux machine
  4. As a precaution note Linux wifi MAC address
  5. Temporarily change your wifi interface MAC address to match the firestick
  6. Start networking & connect to Center Parcs wifi.
  7. Click through login screen & try browsing
  8. Reboot / Shutdown linux machine to reset MAC
  9. Power up Fire Stick & connect to Center Parcs wifi
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Improve Virgin SuperHub wireless signal

The Virgin SuperHub has a very weak wireless signal, to improve it you have 2 options:

#1 Replace the SuperHub with a new Router

  1. Buy a better router, I recommend buying one with “Dual Band” such as the TP Link TL-WR2543ND from  Amazon. This also has 3 external antennae.
  2. Configure your SuperHub in Modem mode (also known as Bridging mode) – details here.
  3. Connect your SuperHub to your new router with an ethernet cable. Note all other wired connections are now to the new router.
  4. Configure your new router (set wireless password, etc).
  5. Connect to your new wireless network!

Note if you are an advanced user, you might want to replace the firmware on the TL-WR2543ND with OpenWRT for extra performance & features – this is not user-friendly however.

 #2 – Use PowerLine

Powerline adaptors allow you to route the network over your home electricity wiring – see here for more details. This is only suitable if the device you want to get connected has an ethernet port (ie – not an ipad, iphone, etc).

  1. Buy some PowerLine adaptors – you’ll need a pack of two to start with, such as the TP-Link TL-PA211KIT from Amazon.
  2. Plug one adaptor in close to your SuperHub / Router and connect with a network cable.
  3. Plug the other adaptor close to your PC / laptop and connect with a network cable.
  4. Disconnect from the wireless network on your PC / laptop.

 

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Get wireless working with Ubuntu 10.04 on the Lenovo S10e

Add

b43

to /etc/modules & reboot

(also I had better luck with the 2.6.31-20 kernel)

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How to get wireless working on moblin on the Lenovo S10e

Using the Moblin Live Image | moblin.org
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