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New In my experience...
Everything goes through a proxy server (might not be the precisely correct term) inside the hotel's network. They require you to set an "I accept the terms and conditions" cookie, (and sometimes a credit card) and then they allow you access to the network. If you don't allow the cookie, and if you don't accept the T&C, you don't get access.
-YendorMike

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 Historical Review of Pennsylvania
New So this proxy server force feeds a page and cookie . . .
. . to the PC when it sees an outgoing request from a non-registered computer - instead of fetching the requested page.
[link|http://www.aaxnet.com|AAx]
New Correct, in essence
If you don't have the cookie, you don't get out, and all requests forward to what I'm calling the proxy server.

When I start up my computer, I have a weather applet at the bottom of my screen, and it gets its data from NOAA computers somewhere on the intarweb. In hotels, that isn't allowed to get updates until I agree to the T&C. Same for IM clients -- can't use those until T&C agreement. Firefox opens with 5 different tabs (IWT, ESPN, CNN, and a couple others). When that happens the first time on my stay at a new hotel, I get 5 different copies of the same "agree to these T&C" page.
-YendorMike

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 Historical Review of Pennsylvania
New Usually some kind of Transparent proxy.
A proxy like squid can be used, when designed to be the connection to the outside world.
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     Home page question. - (Andrew Grygus) - (4)
         In my experience... - (Yendor) - (3)
             So this proxy server force feeds a page and cookie . . . - (Andrew Grygus) - (2)
                 Correct, in essence - (Yendor)
                 Usually some kind of Transparent proxy. - (folkert)

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