Noting that nothing changed on his server, he posted on the experience and thought little more about it – until a commenter noted that the behavior he noticed was coming from an RXG A8 or “Revenue Extraction Hotspot Gateway.” In short, this box, which sits between the access point and the Internet, injects ads into Wi-Fi streams. These are the same streams you pay through the nose for at hotels like the Times Square Marriott.
Here’s a bit more about this exciting revenue-gathering opportunity.
UPDATE – Looks like they pulled the video 15 minutes ago.
To be clear, the Marriott charges for the same Wi-Fi they’re injecting with ads. From the website:
High-speed Internet access
Unlimited local phone calls
Unlimited long distance calls (within the country), not available in all markets
Obviously this kind of garbage isn’t new and this probably isn’t the first time someone experienced this sort of behavior. The trick, now is that the Internet has made this sort of behavior much more noticeable the outrage can spread further than room 1209 of the Times Square Marriott. Arguably, the business of selling Wi-Fi access will shrivel and die as WWAN devices end up in more business folks’ pockets. But until then, can we not be monetized against twice in the same hotel stay?