Originally Posted by Andysol
-Safari (strictly for hotel/internet wifi connection)
I don't ask for much Apple.... I'm even fine with the UI if that other stuff happens. Sure- there are some annoyances, but I'm willing to look past your few flaws. I BEG OF YOU!!!
I'm sure you already know this. I post this for other readers who may not know how to work around the lack of a web browser for using the Apple TV from a hotel room.
Most hotels require you to authenticate via a web-page that pops up when you select the hotel network. Even if it's a free connection, they may want you to enter your room number and last name and they almost always require that you click on "I agree" to make sure you will comply with the terms of service. Since Apple TV doesn't include any kind of built-in web-browser, it is impossible to see or respond to these sign on messages.
To get around this:
1. Call the front desk and ask them for the phone number for the "internet support people".
2. Navigate to Settings->General->Network and note the Wi-Fi Address (MAC address).
3. Call the internet support people and tell them you want them to authorize a device using its MAC address.
4. Give them the Wi-Fi Address from step 2 when they ask.
5. Ask them if they can authorize it for the entire duration of your stay. (Some may require you to phone in every day)
6. If they won't authorize it for the entire length of your stay, or if you will be staying at this hotel again in the future; ask them for the support ticket number so when you call back in to authorize it again, you can just give them the ticket number and they will know what to do,
One additional hotel tip:
Some hotels try to disable the HDMI ports on the in-room televisions so that you will be forced to purchase movie from the hotel at ridiculous prices. They will also provide a custom remote control that doesn't have the button on it to switch to HDMI-1. If that's the case, look at the back of the TV. The device which disables the external inputs usually connects via an RJ-45 connector (looks like a network jack). Unplug this and the restrictions should be eliminated. If the TV remote is non-standard, look for the controls on the side of the TV. There should be one labeled 'Input'. Press this to cycle through the inputs until you find the one that you plugged the Apple TV into
I second the request for the inclusion of Safari in a future update.