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Thread: wireless connection issues to public hot spots

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    wireless connection issues to public hot spots

    When I bring my laptop to some wireless free Internet public hot spots, connect
    myself to the available and opened a web page, but it wont open any web page.
    My Laptop's wifi card is active and ready to go
    (The wireless adapter is properly installed with the correct drivers and there are no conflicts
    in Device Manager + Wireless Connection icon in the Network Connections folder is enable +
    TCP/IP is correctly set to be used with my Wireless connection via DHCP ).
    So I right click on the wireless network icon, and select "View Available Wireless Networks".
    I picked an available network and connected to it.
    It says that I am connected to that network when I look at the wireless network indicator (bottom
    right of my windows XP Pro Desktop - next to the time indicator).
    So I use my web browser to open a web site, and it complains that the "web page could not be displayed - could not find server"...
    I talked to the ppl of those Internet Cafes, and they keep telling me that it should work
    right away with no need of any particulat setup. They have no clue of what to do though.
    I am kind of doubtful about the "it should work right away" statement since any public hot spot may at least
    require some sort of authentification or permission to get through (Mind you, it connects fine to those hot spots
    with the mention "Connected to xxx networks - Signal strength very good"...but I have no access to the web"...

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    Elite Member TonyT's Avatar
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    Fairfax, VA
    accesss the advanced settings, I believe there's a checkbox re "connect to unsecured networks" or similar.
    No one has any right to force data on you
    and command you to believe it or else.
    If it is not true for you, it isn't true.


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