wireless connection issues to public hot spots

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aromes

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When I bring my laptop to some wireless free Internet public hot spots, connect
myself to the available and opened a web page, but it wont open any web page.
My Laptop's wifi card is active and ready to go
(The wireless adapter is properly installed with the correct drivers and there are no conflicts
in Device Manager + Wireless Connection icon in the Network Connections folder is enable +
TCP/IP is correctly set to be used with my Wireless connection via DHCP ).
So I right click on the wireless network icon, and select "View Available Wireless Networks".
I picked an available network and connected to it.
It says that I am connected to that network when I look at the wireless network indicator (bottom
right of my windows XP Pro Desktop - next to the time indicator).
So I use my web browser to open a web site, and it complains that the "web page could not be displayed"...
I talked to the ppl of those Internet Cafes, and they keep telling me that it should work
right away with no need of any particulat setup. They have no clue of what to do though.
I am kind of doubtful about the "it should work right away" statement since any public hot spot may at least
require some sort of authentification or permission to get through.
 

etaf

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check the ipconfig /all - see if you get an IP
if you do try pinging google.com

also look in the internet options
whats under connection
and LAN settings

also a program to check out wireless

Free software to check signal strength of wireless is netstumbler 0.4.0 available for download from http://www.stumbler.net/
 

aromes

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Thanks a lot for your generous help, etaf.
As soon as I get to the computer in problem, I will try your recommendations.
Under Internet Explorer's Internet Options --- from what I remember --- I had nothing
under "Dial-up and Virtual Private Network Settings". Nothing as well under LAN Settings since
these hot spots seemed to have nothing to provide to me (no proxy server, no configuration script).
 

etaf

Wayne
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that should be OK
maybe a firewall is the issue

do you use wirless at all OK
 
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