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Wifi help please

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  1. Noble1967

    Noble1967 Thread Starter

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    I have just got myself a new lap top that has wifi and i hoped i would open the box and off it would go with no problems Idiot that I am...

    Can anyone please please help i have managed to get the wifi to work through my home internet broadband with the help of AOL who told me how to get a key to get on.

    The issue I have is that anywhere else i try will not connect starbucks service stations ect, The computer is showing there is a signal and trys to connect but it will not connect.
    What is wrong???? do i need to have set up something??

    Place I got the laptop from will not help as it works with aol, aol cant help any further whats the problem.....?
     
  2. Squashman

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    Make and Model of computer?
    Operating System?
    Make and Model of Wireless Network Card?
    Make and Model of your Wireles router?
    etc........
    Any relevant information you can give to us about your computer and home network, really does help.
     
  3. Noble1967

    Noble1967 Thread Starter

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    have found the following if any use. Bradcom 802.11g & NVIDA Nforce?
     
  4. Noble1967

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    the laptop is a acer5520 i am aol. the laptop runs on vista. i really have no idea what to do as it works from home but not when outside at another location.
     
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    "will not connect starbucks service stations ect"

    Are any of the ones you've tried unsecured?

    Have you tried with any free public hotspots (e.g., Panera Bread, library)?
     
  6. Noble1967

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    Yes all the ones I have tried are unsecured sites like BT
     
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    The wifi sites i usual try to get logged onto when not at home are WIFI Zone The CLOUD & BT Openzone does this help?
     
  8. Noble1967

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    i have just found out that I would need to pay to get on the web through the sites I have listed.
    Can anyone tell me places that give free wifi and if so would I need access key or would my laptop connect automatically?
     
  9. JohnWill

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    It would be pretty difficult (really impossible) to give you places with free WiFi not knowing where in the world you are. I can tell you a local place that's about a mile from me that has free WiFi, so if you're in SE-PA in the US, you're all set. ;)
     
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    Reddick library in Ottawa, Il.

    If you are not near John or me this site or a similar one may help you: http://www.jiwire.com/
     
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    Hotels/motels sometimes secure their networks and you have to get the key from the front desk. But most truly free public hotspots are unsecured.

    If you are set up to connect to 'any' network, your laptop will connect automatically. That is also a security risk, so I advise that you configure to only connect to "preferred" networks. Then when another network is detected your utility will advise you of that fact and you have the choice of whether to connect or not; and if you connect you should have the option to connect one time only or to make it a preferred network.
     
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