Road Runner WiFi at a Hotel (my Mac does not connect)

YS2003

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I am wondering if other forum members are having problem using Road Runner's service with the Mac. I am at a hotel in Rochester NY (on business) and this hotel has the Wi-Fi using Road Runner hi-speed internet service. Somehow, my Mac does not get connected to Wi-Fi, while my work PC can connect. My Mac (iBook) has been able to connect to all the other WiFi networks I came across; but, for this particular WiFi by Road Runner, I cannot get connected.

I appreciate some tips if I can fix this by adjusting some setting. I am running OS X 10.4.6.
 

YS2003

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It is an open WiFi and no password is needed. This is puzzling me as my Mac can catch the signal; but it cannot get connected. But, my PC is getting connected. I think this should have been the other way around.....
 

ITASOR

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I have Road Runner, as do many other Mac users, so it's not that.

Try setting your connections to DHCP, but with a manual address, and specify like 192.168.1.99 and see if it gets you connected. I had to do this numerous times to get my iBook connected to some wifi hotspots.

Also, sometimes just opening and closing the network sys prefs pane helps.
 

YS2003

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Thank you, Itasor. I tried what you have suggested and it worked on my Mac. Since my Dell was able to get connected right away, I was able to see the IP address for this hotel's Wi-Fi. So, I typed in 192.168.1.19 and my Mac was able to get connected.

This is the first time I had to actually type in the IP address on the browser after the computer established the connection with Wi-Fi. Typically, I can click "agree" on the usage condition the hotel puts up after I open Safari after Airport catches the Wi-Fi network.
 

ITASOR

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Glad it worked, enjoy your business trip! You're in Rochester...that's about 2 hours from me. :) My uncle lives there!
 

chosenwolf

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ITASOR said:
I have Road Runner, as do many other Mac users, so it's not that.

Try setting your connections to DHCP, but with a manual address, and specify like 192.168.1.99 and see if it gets you connected. I had to do this numerous times to get my iBook connected to some wifi hotspots.

Also, sometimes just opening and closing the network sys prefs pane helps.
+1, I have Road Runner and my mac is connected to my router without issues. That DHCP address.. where do you type that into? (When I go on my trip, it might be useful)
 

YS2003

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Kingsly said:
Odd... on roadrunner's site they say Mac does not work with their ridiculous wifi service.
Anyways, glad it worked out for ya. I will be in the exact same boat for about a month, starting tomorrow. (I just opted to bing my AirPort, though :) )
I also carry Airport Express base station (the small one) in my travel gear at all times. If the hotels have the wired hi-speed internet, I will use Airport Express. But, for this particular hotel, they only have the Wi-Fi and no option to use the wired connection.
If I get into the similar Wi-Fi problems with other hotels (so far, none; I stay at hotels for more than 60 days per year on business), I would use the same method (by entering the IP address) after my Mac grabs the Wi-Fi signal.
 

YS2003

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I dug out this old thread as I had another issue with Road Runner's WiFi service at a hotel in Syracuse NY. This hotel only had the WiFi (not the wired option so that I was not able to use the airport express base station). I was carrying 1 Dell, 1 Fujitsu tablet, and iBook. Both of my PCs were able to connect to the WiFi right away. For iBook, it caught the signal; but the signal was on and off (it was like it connects for a few secons; disconnets for another few seconds, then, reconnects another few seconds, which is maddening).
It seems my Mac and Road Runner's WiFi service do not like each other. Thank god I have Optimum Online instead of Road Runner at my place.