Connected to free public network - but no traffic

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Alpha, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Alpha

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    Tray icon on WinXP XP2 laptop indicates "connected" to public free wireless
    at local library.
    But sometimes cannot browse the Internet - both IE6 and Firefox 3.0.3 report
    "cannot
    find server". Randomly and issue fixes itself after a while.
    Cannot ping or traceroute.
    Changing DNS servers from default to FreeDNS servers sometimes does work but
    only temporarily.
    Connection to home wireless network as well as that of other places work
    perfectly.
    Other users at the library do not have this problem.
    Any insights greatly appreciated.
    Alpha
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    Alpha, Nov 10, 2008
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  2. Can you ping a public IP for example 4.2.2.1?

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    "Alpha" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Tray icon on WinXP XP2 laptop indicates "connected" to public free
    > wireless
    > at local library.
    > But sometimes cannot browse the Internet - both IE6 and Firefox 3.0.3
    > report
    > "cannot
    > find server". Randomly and issue fixes itself after a while.
    > Cannot ping or traceroute.
    > Changing DNS servers from default to FreeDNS servers sometimes does work
    > but
    > only temporarily.
    > Connection to home wireless network as well as that of other places work
    > perfectly.
    > Other users at the library do not have this problem.
    > Any insights greatly appreciated.
    > Alpha
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    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Nov 11, 2008
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  3. Hi
    When you can Not use the Internet you probably are Not really connected to
    the Library Wireless source.
    Try to totally clean the Wireless Preferred List in the Wireless Menus, and
    make sure that every thing is checked in the way that you are using the
    Wireless.
    http://www.ezlan.net/wireless/wzc3.jpg
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)

    "Alpha" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Tray icon on WinXP XP2 laptop indicates "connected" to public free
    > wireless
    > at local library.
    > But sometimes cannot browse the Internet - both IE6 and Firefox 3.0.3
    > report
    > "cannot
    > find server". Randomly and issue fixes itself after a while.
    > Cannot ping or traceroute.
    > Changing DNS servers from default to FreeDNS servers sometimes does work
    > but
    > only temporarily.
    > Connection to home wireless network as well as that of other places work
    > perfectly.
    > Other users at the library do not have this problem.
    > Any insights greatly appreciated.
    > Alpha
    > -------
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\)., Nov 11, 2008
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