how to pick up a wi fi signal and access the web from college campus * screenshots *

loneshark

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Apr 20, 2007
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wassup everyone, just got a few questions on how to get the internet to work at school.

so firstly let me tell you that there are many wi-fi routers on campus, my iStumbler may pick up 2 or 3 at a time, but lets say im on the east side of campus in the morning, I can usually log right in to the site, they use some sort of log in feature, which allows me to use the internet, then it minimizes, and i can use my firefox to web surf.

but when i switch wi-fi routers, and go to another side of campus also still picking up a few different routers, it wont let me access the web, it lets me join the router, but I cant get the log in screen to come up on firefox

lets take a look at the pics

this one here just shows the website that the school uses to grant me access to the web, bluesocket, and the wireless strength is good ! and as you can see the iStumbler picking up a few routers.



in this pic you can see the pull down form the wireless icon, only shows one router to choose from ? why is that ?



so how can i make the computer access the page to log in.

these are not airports because my airport utility does not show detect an airport when i do a scan.

any help or advice is appreciated

aim: loneshark2000

thankss
 

scanlanlee

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Aug 18, 2006
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I think that your problem is the channel change - the school uses one type of router/access point and repeats the network name (that's pretty normal when repeating)

BUT i can't see the point in changing the channel ??? most repeaters keep the same channel - you may have to speak to your network admin

Sorry i can't be more helpful
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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My university uses different channels to provide overlapping coverage that doesn't interfere with itself as much.

I'd check your knowledge base or talk with the school IT to see what kind of authentication they use.
 

loneshark

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Apr 20, 2007
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I think that your problem is the channel change - the school uses one type of router/access point and repeats the network name (that's pretty normal when repeating)

BUT i can't see the point in changing the channel ??? most repeaters keep the same channel - you may have to speak to your network admin

Sorry i can't be more helpful
thanks, so Im pickin up one router, connected to repeaters ??

My university uses different channels to provide overlapping coverage that doesn't interfere with itself as much.

I'd check your knowledge base or talk with the school IT to see what kind of authentication they use.
what do you mean local knowledge base ? Im a stupid freshmen, please enlighten me, and feel free to poke fun at me ! IM STUPID lol

edit: this is what i just found, still doesnt make sense, Im gonna have to make a call

 

CaptainWOW

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Aug 12, 2007
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It says you need a student domain account - do you have one? If so...

Have you tried the button on the top left of the page that says activate your account?

Also, sometimes refreshing the page might give you that "authentication/login page" that they are taking about.

If all else fails you could always go to student info and ask them. They might just tell you to talk to a tech....

You might want to give that learner support center a call also.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.
 

verity

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Aug 1, 2007
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same at my school

For us, a similar thing. When I got a new mbp and connected to our school's signal in a library, I still had to authenticate. I didn't have problems opening our information page when I typed the address in Safari. If you can't open it fully (that's the www.bluesocket.fccj.org/login.pl page for you? shouldn't it be bluesocket.fccj.edu instead?), try Firefox. One of the browsers should be able to direct you if you try to open it and to display some page.

Good luck, it will work eventually :)
 

loneshark

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Apr 20, 2007
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just to note i saw you have windows media player. you can download flip4mac so quickktime handles all those files you need wmp for
haha, yes i have flip4mac, i dont know why i havent taken the winmediaplayer off there, haha, just lazy i suppose, bu thanks

It says you need a student domain account - do you have one? If so...

Have you tried the button on the top left of the page that says activate your account?

Also, sometimes refreshing the page might give you that "authentication/login page" that they are taking about.

If all else fails you could always go to student info and ask them. They might just tell you to talk to a tech....

You might want to give that learner support center a call also.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.
thanks, yes i have an account, but no joy on the home page ! you have to authenticate your account to use the email and student services, so Im good there.



For us, a similar thing. When I got a new mbp and connected to our school's signal in a library, I still had to authenticate. I didn't have problems opening our information page when I typed the address in Safari. If you can't open it fully (that's the www.bluesocket.fccj.org/login.pl page for you? shouldn't it be bluesocket.fccj.edu instead?), try Firefox. One of the browsers should be able to direct you if you try to open it and to display some page.

Good luck, it will work eventually :)
yes i do use firefox, when i took these pics, i was so frustrated that i had closed firefox and was using safari to see it it would do something different. but it didnt, it just wouldnt "automatically" open up the bluesocket page.

gonna have to go talk to somebody or call !!

thanks everyone, I love this place !
 

suneohair

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Aug 27, 2006
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At my uni we use LEAP, which is essentially your domain username and password used to authenticate you on the network. You should determine what they are using. In my experience OS X hasn't always seen LEAP which is lumped in with WEP I believe... maybe WPA don't remember.
 

Paul3144

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Jul 9, 2007
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Hey, a fellow Jacksonville resident! I hope you get it working. Do any of the networks show up in the Airport uitility?
 

loneshark

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Apr 20, 2007
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florida
^^ thanks, no I get no networks in the airport utility, is this because they are not airports ?? I have an AEB in my house, love it, wish I had an N card in my first generation macbook pro revision A.