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Lenovo B570 and public wifi

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  1. ronjie

    ronjie Thread Starter

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    Ok, I'm not getting this, and I've been around computers for some time.

    I've had my B570 for a bit over a year now. Worked great on home wireless network ( Brighthouse networks in Florida, with Ubee Wireless modem running Lightning or 40mb.)

    Had to move to new place offering a house offering of wifi, had a bear getting that up, but finally did.

    I've since moved to another apartment, and I have Bright house here too, but I'm using a different modem now, and a fraction of the speed.

    Here's the q, and I've seen this on an HP laptop running Vista, but that one died and I got this one.

    Go to Starbucks, Panera's, Dennys or just about any other public place, and I can see the routers and even connect, but can't get anywhere on the internet. I get either a limited or no internet, or identifying, but that's it. I know that their router is working because i can make the wifi connection on my phone and browse no problem, and I see other patrons with different computers logged in at the same time.

    McDonalds, I can get in, and soon as the network connection comes up, browser will pop up and allow me to accept McD's access rights page and I can connect. I know that Denny's has one too, but it doesnt pop up, and ( I know that this will sometimes happen too ) if I try to connect to a website, sometimes the local accept page will pop up, but usually not for me.

    I have Google Chrome as my primary web browser, but even if I try to bring up via IE, no go.

    I can connect to the internet via my droid phone usb wired or just wireless, but don't like that to be a regular solution.

    I've already tried to update the wireless driver ( Broadcomm ), but computer tells me that i'm up to date. Enabled then re enabled. Flush DNS didn't help either, ipconfig / release and renew didn't do it either. Currently using Zone Alarm, and turned it off, even exited out of program and that didn't help either.

    Today was an interesting day. went to Denny's thinking I'd get some work done, and couldn't get logged in. Went to Fedex Store to get some printing done, and logged in right away. Came home and can log into the communities public ( fee based ) network and can log right in. Looked in my bag and found a usb wifi dongle I had used for the HP when the wifi on it died out, but didn't try that yet. I'd rather not, I'd rather find out why the wifi on this laptop seems to be finiky with who's networks I'm using.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Ron V.
     
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    I'd put ZoneAlarm at the top of the suspect list. Uninstall it and run the Removal Tool and see if anything changes.
     
  3. ronjie

    ronjie Thread Starter

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    .... this actually started happening a while ago. At the time, I didn't have Zone Alarm, I had comodo. Temporarily turning it off ( not uninstalling it ) didn't help much there either.

    I appreciate the response though :)

    Ron
     
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