I booked a stay at a particular hotel because the web page said "Free WiFi". It didn't say "all outgoing ports firewalled except for port 80 and a few other (useless) ones". Not having SSH access is most painful. Luckily, there's a solution. You need a web server running Apache and SSH. Enable mod_proxy and mod_proxy_connect and add this to the first (i.e. default) virtual host configuration: <VirtualHost whatever:80> .