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I’m currently staying at an upmarket European hotel. Internet is free, but only if you have an Ethernet cable and can plug in. If you want Wi-Fi, the cost is a hefty 17 euros ($24) per 24 hours. Fortunately, I read James Kendrick’s “What’s In Your […]

I’m currently staying at an upmarket European hotel. Internet is free, but only if you have an Ethernet cable and can plug in. If you want Wi-Fi, the cost is a hefty 17 euros ($24) per 24 hours. Fortunately, I read James Kendrick’s “What’s In Your Bag” post before leaving home, which prompted me to stash a network cable in my bag. This cable will save me $50 over the two days that I’m staying here.

It’s always worth taking a network cable if you’re staying in an unfamiliar hotel because it might have expensive Wi-Fi, poor Wi-Fi reception in your room, or no Wi-Fi at all. This cable took a little room in my bag, but I’m very glad I packed it.

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  1. An Ethernet cable is definitely a good recommendation. I recently spent a month in Florida for work and the cable they had in the room was only about 2 feet long which was just enough room to keep my laptop on the desk. So I went to the Walmart and picked up a longer one for $10 so I could spread out a little more in the room. Now it stays in my bag where ever I go!

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  2. I keep a network cable stashed in an out of the way pocket in every travel bag and suitcase we own. That way I never have to remember to pack one. The one in the suitcase I use most often is a 25 footer – as Chris says, sometimes you got to spread out.

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  3. The British Airways terminal at JFK has free internet… as long as you have an ethernet cable. I had mine on my checked bag. Needless to say it’s coming with me on my carry on from now on.

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  4. An excellent suggestion! I keep a network cable in my laptop bag for the same reason.

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  5. @Nico – That’s worth knowing, thanks for the tip!

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  6. OHHHH YES
    @Nico – thanks for the tip!

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  7. What a great idea, although I have not been caught short yet, my wife and I travel a lot and our laptop is our connection, thanks for the advice.

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  8. Now give us a follow up of what to do when the ethernet port of your laptop stops working.

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  9. Got stuck in Seattle once in an upscale hotel that offered free cabled internet but charged for wireless. At $350/night I would have thought they would throw in the wireless! I had to go out and buy an overpriced cable at an OfficeMax down the block. Lesson learned!

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  10. @DJ Nelson – buy a USB-to ethernet adapter: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=589 ?

    @Doug – Seems to be an unwritten rule that the more expensive the hotel, the less accommodating they are. They could have at least offered to lend you a cable for the duration of your stay!

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