GL.iNet Travel Router Hotel WiFi Troubleshooting (GL-SFT1200)

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If you’re troubleshooting your  GL.iNet GL-SFT1200 travel router hotel WiFi connection and connecting to WiFi but have no internet, the fix is easy. This fix works if the hotel requires you to log in to access WiFi e.g. Lastname and Room Number. This login experience is technically called a “Captive Portal” and the user experience is that pop-up window you experience when you first try to browse a website. If that’s how your hotel connects you to WiFi, this will work.

For what it’s worth, I own the GL.iNet GL-SFT1200 travel router, specifically the Opal, or to get very specific, this model on Amazon. It’s very good, small footprint, and is USB-C powered which makes using it around the world on different voltages easy as you can always find a USB charger. At under US$50 it’s the GL-SFT1200 is the best value travel router, but if your budget will stretch, definitely get the upgraded model, the GL.iNet GL-SFT1300 as the extra memory can be useful if you’re connecting many devices.

You really should buy a travel router if you want to share hotel WiFi connections. I did consider building my own using a Raspberry Pi device, but it’s cheaper to buy a purpose-built device than hack your own.

GL.iNet Travel Router Hotel WiFi Fix

If you are troubleshooting connectivity issues and it is that the GL.iNet GL-SF1200 has connected to the hotel WiFi but you still can’t access the internet, here’s how you fix it – takes less than a minute.

  1. Connect to the GL.iNet WiFi network and log in to the router
    Tip: The default IP is http://192.168.1., and the default WiFi password is ‘goodlife’ (no quotes).
  2. On the left-hand side, click “More Settings”, then click “Custom DNS Server”.
  3. Slide “DNS Rebinding Attack Protection” to Off.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. On the left-hand side, click “Internet”.
  6. Click “Saved Networks”
  7. Click on the name of the hotel network and then click “Forget”
  8. On the left-hand side, click Internet.
  9. Click Scan.
  10. Re-Add the hotel WiFi network and complete the log-in prompts.

You’re done! You should now have working hotel WiFi on your GL.iNet travel router.

This worked successfully for me and thought I would share it so others can benefit. I use the GL-SFT1200 travel router so that I can use my Remarkable tablet and Roku whenever I am away on business. It has also been a lifesaver when on family vacations and hotels cap the number of free devices that can use the internet.

If this doesn’t work, please make sure that in “More Settings” -> “Custom DNS Server” you do not have Cloudflare or a Manual DNS Setting enabled, as this can (sometimes) cause issues with hotel capture portals.

Additional Tip! GL.iNet Travel Router Case

If you’re after a travel case for your GL.iNet Travel Router, I recommend and use this one. It was just US$15 and works perfectly.

PS. I don’t provide technical support if any of the above doesn’t work and you still can’t get online. Sorry.

Important: I am not affiliated with any of the manufacturers, brands, services, or websites listed on this page and this is my personal experience.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you!

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