I would love to find some new spots as well.
I often drop in for a few hours at Wegmans Food Cafe, McD, Dunkin, Starbucks, and Barns & Noble to get out of the office, all of which have generic WiFi.
These places often have power available in a few places as well. But many times you will need to run on battery.
The best performance / reliability is typically at Wegmans.
Note that most of these sites only open ports 80 and 443 outbound. I've found I can't get email on my phone without using the VPN, as
only webmail clients appear to be supported.
To get around this I run my office OpenVPN server on multiple ports. I've found that I can always connect to OpenVPN on 443/TCP
instead of the normal 1194/UDP. I also have an ssh server running on port 443 just in case my OpenVPN is inop.
Note that VPN over double TCP is not optimal, but it works for me most of the time.
Note that the WiFi typically does not 'see' the VPN traffic, and thus will lock you out of the WiFi portal after the inactive timeout ( typically 2 hours) so
if your connection suddenly stops, just drop the VPN, and re-authenticate to the portal.
Recent Ubuntu clients using OpenVPN need to use the update-resolv-conf script something like this to
update DNS forwarders when the tunnel is up. This also removes them prior to downing the
tls-auth ta.key 1
Note that the Ubuntu GUI (Network Manager) does not call this script !, so while the VPN
may come up with Network Manager, DNS out to the Internet doesn't work.
From: "Ron Guilmet" <email@example.com>
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2017 12:19:23 PM
Subject: [PLUG] WIFI COFFEE SPOT RECOMMENDATIONS
I'm trying to change up my work routine. Of all of the advantages that come with working from home, there can be too many distractions as well.
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