Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Windows' Wireless Woes
seem to be such a pain to get into. I've lost count of the number of
times I've sat in airports or hotels trying to get the wireless to work
- getting connected is a breeze, but it's the web-based authentication.
It just takes forever.
I have a BT Openzone account and, in some situations, the BT Access
Manager does the trick - however, in some situations that's not an
option e.g. if the wireless is provided by some other vendor.
What am I doing wrong ? Once connected, I open a web browser ( makes no
real difference whether I use Firefox or Internet Explorer ), and open a
page such as http://www.google.com. It can take 5-10 minutes to get to a
point where I can enter credentials, or purchase credit etc.
Is it just me ? I'm also running IBM Access Connections which, perhaps,
doesn't help - however, that's really only focusing on finding the
access point and getting an IP address - it doesn't know about web-based
Someone else must have had this issue ? What am I doing wrong ???
Woeful without Wireless :-(
Second, we had the same problem as you trying to live off public wireless. Switching to 3G cards was the best thing we did from that perspective!
I've still got Windows XP on my other hard drive, in case I get withdrawal symptoms.
I'll also try the suggestions re Access Connections as well.
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