Trouble with WiFi access in some hotspots

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gauchogolfer, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

    gauchogolfer

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    #1
    Here's the deal:
    I was at a hotel the other day while traveling, trying to connect to their public wifi network. I saw the network SSID in the Airport menu, go to connect, see the place to enter the WPA password, then....no dice. All I get is an error message saying (there was an error connecting to network *****). I tried the password again with a #-sign in front, since that has sometimes been a fix in the past. I tried using DHCP and manually entering an IP similar to that of someone else in the area. No matter what I did I was never able to connect. The bar guy said that people with Macs sometimes had difficulty connecting to their network? What gives? The router was a Freebox, by the way, in a hotel in Saint Malo, France.

    When I'm faced with this again in the future, what are the troubleshooting steps I should try? I refuse to believe that my powerbook can't connect to a public wifi network just like everyone else. What difference between my machine and a PC that's sitting right next to me could there be? I looked at console logs, and it only said "timed out" and didn't say why it couldn't connect. Thanks in advance for the help, I'm looking forward to assembling a checklist of things to try the next time I have this problem.

    Cheers.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #2
    Maybe try putting the password in quotation marks ("password") or using a dollar sign at the start ($), although this last method is generally only meant to work on WEP networks. I don't usually have trouble connecting to a wireless network but sometimes need a specific proxy set (PAC file) to be able to connect to the internet. I usually make a new location when I join a new network, just to give me some fresh settings. :)
     
  3. gauchogolfer thread starter macrumors 603

    gauchogolfer

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    #3
    Thanks mj, for the response.
    I did indeed make a new location (I didn't know why, but it seemed like the right thing to do ;)). I'll give a try to the other ways of putting in passwords next time. Any explanation on the PAC-file-thingy, is there anything I should check or is it out of my control?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #4
    I dunno of a way of checking if a PAC file is needed without asking the administrator. If the network is set up really well, opening your browser will automatically redirect you to a download of the PAC file which you'll merely have to double click on to install. You have to actually get on the wireless network first though. :)
     

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