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    behind a router

    I am using a GliNet travel router in a hotel. It picks up the hotel wifi and my laptop is connected to the GliNet by ethernet cable.
    Can someone comment on why this is more secure than a straight link to the hotel wifi...elaborate if you like.. the more info the better
    nowadays....

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    A NAT router creates a link between two separate networks that are isolated from each other (if used in "router" mode, not as a "wireless client"). The idea is that every device on your local network is isolated from the outside "unsecure" network with other wireless clients. A malicious device would only be able to reach the router, and not your internal network. This only works if your router creates a separate network, not necessarily if set in "wireless client" mode where it merely acts as a wireless adapter for your laptop.

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    that Gli Net continues to mis fire about 60% of the time... it just works on a few hotel systems and not on most. I am tired of another junk product.
    What travel router will easily create a separate network and is Reliable....unlike my Gli AR300M....?
    and make it easy to set up ..?

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    Instead of using a travel router, I'd just use the laptop WiFi, and a VPN service. Windows already has software firewall, HTTPS traffic is secure, and a VPN will encrypt all traffic to avoid man-in-the-middle attacks. There are some good ones out there, like IPVanish, or maybe Namecheap FastVPN. They cost like $2-4/month.

    I say that because using travel routers as a wireless client (radio used to connect to the Internet and laptop connected via ethernet) does not add much in terms of security to your connection.
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    ok thanks

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