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  1. #1
    Bob
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    Problems with logging into public WiFi

    For the mostpart logging into a hotel's WiFi network is a simple
    affair and it frequently just automatically connects as soon as firing
    up my laptop. Sometimes I have to find any available networks and
    request a connection. No problem!

    Occasionally, a public network can be found, but the computer is
    unable to make a connection. This sometimes happens when a password is
    required to access a hotel's network. Usually after requesting a
    connection, I fire up the browser and the hotel's screen appears where
    I can enter whatever it is that is needed and everything is fine.

    I am just curious as to what I can do when I can not ever get to the
    required logon screen. Hotel staff is never is of any help. They just
    say that it works for everyone else.

    We had been traveling for about a month, staying one or two nights at
    different hotels. WiFi worked flawlessly except for two locations.

    Could it have someting to do with my internet security program
    (Norton)? I dare not disable it to even try.

    I am using Avanquest connection manager. I would imagine that if the
    hotel claims their WiFi does work, it probably does. So, it must have
    something to do with my computer.

  2. #2
    Tom E
    Guest

    Re: Problems with logging into public WiFi


    "Bob" <clintonstreet3@MYFAIRPOINT.NET> wrote in message
    news:2c746168-b86d-438e-94b2-2c02b8cc4505@k30g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
    > For the mostpart logging into a hotel's WiFi network is a simple
    > affair and it frequently just automatically connects as soon as firing
    > up my laptop. Sometimes I have to find any available networks and
    > request a connection. No problem!
    >
    > Occasionally, a public network can be found, but the computer is
    > unable to make a connection. This sometimes happens when a password is
    > required to access a hotel's network. Usually after requesting a
    > connection, I fire up the browser and the hotel's screen appears where
    > I can enter whatever it is that is needed and everything is fine.
    >
    > I am just curious as to what I can do when I can not ever get to the
    > required logon screen. Hotel staff is never is of any help. They just
    > say that it works for everyone else.
    >
    > We had been traveling for about a month, staying one or two nights at
    > different hotels. WiFi worked flawlessly except for two locations.
    >
    > Could it have someting to do with my internet security program
    > (Norton)? I dare not disable it to even try.
    >
    > I am using Avanquest connection manager. I would imagine that if the
    > hotel claims their WiFi does work, it probably does. So, it must have
    > something to do with my computer.


    maybe you should have tried the Windows connection manager.



  3. #3
    Jeff Liebermann
    Guest

    Re: Problems with logging into public WiFi

    On Mon, 20 Jul 2009 09:35:53 -0700 (PDT), Bob
    <clintonstreet3@MYFAIRPOINT.NET> wrote:

    >I am just curious as to what I can do when I can not ever get to the
    >required logon screen. Hotel staff is never is of any help. They just
    >say that it works for everyone else.


    1. Reboot your laptop. Most laptops go to "sleep" mode when the lid
    is closed. The laptop thinks you're still at your old location:

    2. Check if you have a valid IP address:
    start -> run -> cmd <enter>
    ipconfig
    If it says 169.254.xxx.xxx, DHCP didn't work.
    Try:
    ipconfig /release
    (wait about 10 seconds)
    ipconfig /renew

    3. If your Avanquest connection manager has a saved profile for this
    particular hot spot, delete it and start over from scratch. This is a
    common problem if there is a WEP/WPA encryption password that has
    changed.

    4. If you have a pop-up blocker running, disable it as some sign on
    screens use pop-ups.

    5. Temporarily disarm any personal firewalls, internet security
    features, VPN clients, URL/DNS redirectors, evil site filters, or any
    other program that might be blocking internet access.

    6. Try a different web browser (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox,
    Opera, etc).

    7. Try to determine if they're doing their own wi-fi access or going
    via a service such as T-mobile, Wayport, AT&T, etc. You might get
    some help from these vendors.

    8. Many hot spots try to limit the range of their wi-fi system by
    drastically reducing the xmit power of their access points. If you
    suspect that this is the problem, try moving closer to the access
    point.

    >We had been traveling for about a month, staying one or two nights at
    >different hotels. WiFi worked flawlessly except for two locations.


    Anything in common with the two locations? Previous visits? Same IP
    address?

    >Could it have someting to do with my internet security program
    >(Norton)? I dare not disable it to even try.


    Yes, very likely. Norton 360 and Norton Internet Security have a
    feature designed to recognize that you're on a new network and asks
    you whether it's secure or not (trusted, or not). The problem is that
    it recognizes these networks by IP address range. So, if you go to
    some network at 192.168.1.xxx, and proclaim it be untrustworthy, every
    time you go to a different wi-fi hotspot with the same IP address
    range, it will also treat it as untrustworthy.

    How to disable/enable Norton....
    <http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/nip.nsf/docid/2003071515220236>
    I couldn't find anything on how to clear out old network entries.

    Here's Symantec's alarmist view of wi-fi at public hot spots.
    <http://www.symantec.com/norton/products/library/article.jsp?aid=secure_public_hotspot>

    >I am using Avanquest connection manager. I would imagine that if the
    >hotel claims their WiFi does work, it probably does. So, it must have
    >something to do with my computer.


    I agree. It's your computah. I don't have enough info (make, model,
    OS, software installed, etc) to nail it, but I think you're on the
    right track.

    --
    Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com
    150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
    Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
    Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558

  4. #4
    Bob
    Guest

    Re: Problems with logging into public WiFi

    Jeff, thank you very much for all of the suggestions. I will store
    your response on my laptop for the next time I encounter a problem.

    Tom, I have tried reverting to the Microsoft connection manager and
    encountered the same problems.

    Bob


  5. #5
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