WiFi connection problemon open networks
January 8, 2005 10:18 AM   Subscribe

Wi-fi woes. My XP laptop connects to the Web on my open home network, but I've had problems connecting to other open networks elsewhere. [MORE INSIDE]

I'll get green bars, but no connection. This has happened in a local coffee shop w/ an open network. And a public library where I followed their directions on changing my settings. Both places had many other people happily surfing. I've also tried NetStumbler while driving in a car, finding an amazing density of open networks (this was suburban Chicago). While it's fun to see the names of the networks ("Alien Fast Food" was my favorite), I wanted to connect. (Not sure if this is legal... not that I really care.) Sadly the only time I (almost) had wifi connection outside the home was at the airport, where I connected to a Web page asking me to pay. No thanks. I'm looking for any good pointers or a good resource on connecting to open access points.
posted by timnyc to Computers & Internet (1 answer total)
Do you have 802.1x authentication turned on for your wireless adapter? This can sometimes cause problems with connecting to open wireless networks. Try turning it off.
posted by AlexReynolds at 12:49 PM on January 8, 2005

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