Unable to connect to AT&T Wi-Fi at Barnes & Noble

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  1. daihard macrumors 6502a

    daihard

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    Hi.

    I have been unable to connect my iPhone (3GS) to the supposedly free AT&T Wi-Fi at Barnes & Noble. Is anyone else having the same problem?

    Here is what happens. The network ("attwifi") is detected, and the connection is made. However, it always gives me an invalid IP address (starting with "169"). Sure enough, as I try to view a page on Safari, the connection remains 3G and won't switch to Wi-Fi.

    I have no trouble connecting to (and using) the free AT&T Wi-Fi offered in Starbucks and McDonald's. Any idea what's going on?

    TIA
     
  2. daihard thread starter macrumors 6502a

    daihard

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    A co-worker tried it at another Barnes & Noble store and had the same problem...
     
  3. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    B&N and/or AT&T probably F'd something up when rolling out the "free" service...probably have it sorted out in a week/month or two
     
  4. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    I was just there yesterday and it worked fine for me (3GS).
     
  5. labman macrumors 604

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    I heard from a B&N manager

    that gets pizza next door and loves free pizza that B&N & At&T are going allow this next Friday 8-7 he even let me hold a official B&N letter while he ate the pizza but then quickly grabbed it back. Saying hey your not a B&N manager give that back. here is a photo of the manager enjoying his pizza!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. WishIWasHere macrumors regular

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    I have been happily using B&N wifi for quite a while now, including yesterday, with no problems except a very minor one. It seems that this AT&T auto-authentication tends to be kind of sluggish, so often I'll just fall back to my Easy Wifi for AT&T to connect in a flash.
     
  7. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    try to turn wifi off and on
    next step is to turn airplane mode on and off
    the reboot the iphone
    then reimage it

    Wi-Fi is very flaky and a lot of things can interfere with it
     
  8. jason221 macrumors 6502

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    I was at B&N two days ago and the "attwifi" network worked fine on my 3GS.
     
  9. wolfpackfan macrumors 68000

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  10. lcreel44 macrumors newbie

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    I couldn't connect my MacBook Pro at B&N. Said connected but couldn't reach server. Worked fine 10 minutes earlier at Peet's. Suspect AT&T feed is DSL & might not be compatible with Airport.(?)
     
  11. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    That makes no sense. I use AT&T's free wifi at b&n all the time.
     
  12. Kenal0 macrumors regular

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    169= self assigned IP address. Your phone is not able to get an ip address from the BN system.
    Kenal0
     
  13. synagence macrumors 6502a

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    Ever since iOS4 (on both 3GS and 4) i've been unable to connect to the hotel i stay in's wifi

    Its a free open wifi spot - i even get a proper 10.x address but it won't connect

    iPad works find and 3GS was fine on 3.1.3 ...i presume iOS4's screwed wifi up
     
  14. Alchemist585 macrumors newbie

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    The B&N ATT WiFi issue is the lack of connection despite the fact that in the settings the WiFi says "connected". This problem is not unique to Apple devices. It's encountered using any other device. And it has not been addressed & it does not seem that they care to fix it.

     
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