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December 25, 2014 AT 9:13 pm

UPDATE: Marriott hotels wants to use Wi-Fi / cell phone jammers @marriott #TravelBrilliantly @MarriottIntl

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Marriott hotels wants to use Wi-Fi / cell phone jammers @marriott #TravelBrilliantly @MarriottIntl « adafruit industries blog. Here’s a comment that came in from Wolfgang S. Rupprecht-

Most of what I know about the Marriott WIFI blocking was learned from a thread on NANOG (North American Network Operators Group).  I don’t run a network but I find some of the banter on that list fascinating.

http://mailman.nanog.org/pipermail/nanog/2014-October/070135.html

Just for completeness, here is what I posted to the google+ thread:

The 802.11 WIFI protocol has a bug where the de-authentication packet is not authenticated.  That allows anyone to forge a packet with a different wireless client’s MAC address and have their upstream access point tear down the connection.  NANOG had a long thread on this.  One interesting thing that came out of the NANOG discussion is that some big-name AP equipment even has provisions for automatically generating these forged de-authentication packets.

Personally I think people should be using a USB or Ethernet cable to tether their computers to their cell phones or hotspots.  That would keep Marriotts grubby hands off of the connection.

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