Connecting to workplace wireless network.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eleven7, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. eleven7 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    I know this has been covered in blogs and forums many times before but nothing I have found seems to address my problem directly.

    At work I have an ancient work Windows XP laptop to use but the problem is that it's so painfully slow to use I can't bare to use it. So, I take my macbook into work and do all my work on that and use tethering from my iPhone for internet.

    I'd rather not using tethering, so today I pulled the wep key from the work laptop and all the network details, input them into my mac and connected to the network in order to use works internet connection.

    So my macbook and work computer now have the same:

    IP Address (Manually assigned. DHCP is disabled on both laptops)
    Subnet mask
    Router Address
    DNS Servers
    Proxy Server settings

    But even though it say it's connected to the network, I can't connect to the internet. Is there something else I could be missing??

    *I didn't touch the WINS server settings because I assumed they are for the local office network and not to do with the internet?

    *I also assumed they have no mac address filtering system in place as I am able to connect? Is that right?

    Also, whenever I connect with my macbook I make sure my work laptop is disconnected to insure there's no ip address conflict.
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Those Settings

    Such as Internet access etc. will be controlled by your admin at your workplace...You could talk to him / her, but I'd be careful or you might find yourself in hot water...DO employees where you work have unrestricted Internet access? I doubt it.
  3. eleven7 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    Yeah, internet is monitored and has filtering in place but that's a good thing as it means they can be sure I won't be looking at anything I shouldn't be or downloading torrents all day.

    Our network is maintained by an external company. I could talk to them but when I asked if I could connect to the old LAN network they told me it wasn't possible with a mac?! lol. Of course it was easy enough to do but then they upgraded to the current wireless network. I could ask them again but I'm guessing I'd get the same kinda response as before.

    I just hought I'd ask if any network specialists had any suggestions and give it a go myself. Must be some on here surely :)

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