Wireless internet in bars?!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by goatboy, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. goatboy macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2006
    Hello, can anyone help me out a bit? I recently got myself a macbook, an i wanna use the internet via the built in airport extreme. I can get a strong signal for the internet the bar provides for free but when i open safari there is no internet connection and running the connection wizards doesnt help. Should i set up the connection a base? How do i do this? Im rubbish.


  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Is this on a private wireless home network? If it is, are you positive the network has internet access? :)
  3. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    In addition to mad jew's question, are you sure the wi-fi network your Mac is picking up is the correct one?
  4. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    It might be free internet but they might push you through an access page so that you accept their terms and conditions beforehand - or require a password that you get from the bar.

    Ask if there's an address that Safari should go to - just in case their auto redirection isn't working.
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Yeah, if it's a public network or an institution's network, they may need you to use a specific set of proxies. In this case, look out for a file with the term PAC in it. :)

    FWIW, pressing the Home icon in Safari takes me to the relevant page when I'm at uni, even though my Home page is something different. Don't you just love Apple. :cool:
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Usually, as soon as you go to any page, the hotspot's proxy will send you to their registration page, but it might be a "budget" hotspot that just needs a manual password entry. If it's supposed to be public, the'll be an instruction sheet either posted somewhere or that you can get from somebody at the bar (I assume after you buy a drink!).

    And is it just me, or do bars and laptops seem like a ill-fated match? People often go to coffee shops to sit quietly and drink by themselves, and reading or studying are standard activities in them. People usually go to bars to carouse, and they're not generally places quiet enough or with the sort of atmosphere that encourages reading anything. You're also a lot more likely to have yourself or another besotted patron dump a beer into your laptop than your latte. Even the folk who do go to bars to drink quietly by themselves probably aren't doing so because they want to be surfing the internet.

    Then again, maybe I'm missing a whole new facet of bar-going here: Check sports scores, play stupid internet videos for nearby patrons instead of the ESPN ticker on the TV when there's no game on, and substitute porn surfing for dancers if it's not a strip bar.
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Alternately, this could just be a DNS/gateway issue and the wifi router isn't providing you with the info you need.

    A small test is trying to get to this site:

    If ity work, then it's a DNS issue. You might have to ask someone on a PC or whomever is supporting the wifi to give you the DNS address of their ISP so you can imput that staticly in your Network prefpane.
  8. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    The Buffalo Wild Wings near my home is a hotspot.

    It takes you to a company page with advertising to start and then high-jacks your brouser every few minutes to take you back there again.

    It was very annoying and slow.

    Across the street a locally owned BBQ Resturant/Sports bar has a wide open super fast access point. How ever, they are a more expensive place to eat and I've never seen anyone else in there with a laptop.
  9. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

    Mar 1, 2004
    you may be able to see the network, but doesn't mean you can access it. Hospitality sometimes may have temp wep keys ect to be able to charge.

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