Can't connect to internet with public wireless connection
Last week when I tried to connect to a public wireless connection that I used frequently without any problems, the computer showed that it was connected, but it wouldn't go to any websites giving me the same message it would have if I weren't connected. I tried checking the connection and the adapter by running diagnostics, but everything got an okay. The troubleshooting guides didn't help either. A few days later I tried to connect on two different public wireless connection, but the computer did the same thing. I tried to repair the connection but couldn't and received the reply: unable to disable connection adapter. I also tried disabling some add-ons with no luck. What do you think the problem is, and what can I do to fix it? Thanks!
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It could be a couple things:
1. Try connecting using the wired connection if you can. If it works, then problem most likely with wireless.
2. Try connecting wirelessly maybe using a public WIFI hotspot or a friend's connection. That will rule out your router.
3. It could be a browser issue: Start / Run / Inetcpl.cpl and then check the Internet settings. Make sure there are no proxy settings set.
Click on Start - Control Panel - then Network Connections - then right click on your Wireless Network connection - click on Properties. Then in "This connection uses the following items, scroll down to Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click on Properties. Under the General Tab make sure Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected. Click OK.
If you do not see TCP/IP in the Wireless Network Connection then click on the install button and then install the TCP/IP driver.
IF TCP/IP is OK then before you do the following, turn off or disconnect the power to your wireless router, wait for 1 minute before connecting the power again. Wait till the LED lights indicate that it is on line again and the wireless is on then :-
Click on Start - Control Panel - then Network Connections - then right click on your Wireless Network connection - click on View Available Wireless Networks Do you see your wireless network (ie. your wireless router)? If so click on your wireless router and then click Connect.
You can also click on Repair to try to reconnect to your wireless router. Let me know if it works.
some of these websites limit the time port is open.. payment gateway will sometime cut the connection to protect the customer from potential identity theft... in a way this is good.. but it is frustrating for dial-up customers.