Laptop won't connect to Wetherspoons WiFi :-)

Laptop won't connect to Wetherspoons WiFi :-)

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SCEtoAUX

Original Poster:

4,119 posts

58 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Hello all, some suggestions would be appreciated.

My laptop (Lenovo T410) will quite happily connect to the internet via my home WiFi (secure) and my Phone hotspot (secure or unsecured) but it will not connect to the internet via open WiFi that my local Wetherspoons provides.

It sees the network at the pub, I believe it connects to it, but the warning "no internet access" gets shown.

Now this is WiFi provided by "The Cloud" and it works perfectly well on other people's devices, and also my phone/tablet. Normal operation is that you get redirected to a home page and then hit "connect" after agreeing to the T&C's

That's the bit that isn't happening, or at least that's how it feels. I can type in the URL of that initial landing page and it won't load it that way either.

I've flushed DNS etc... cleared browser, tried different browsers but no joy. Just a laptop that doesn't want to connect to 'Spoon's WiFi (Some could argue it has good taste, but that's another matter.

I've had a Google of course, nothing leapt out, and I think my next step (after checking with the great minds on here) will be to reinstall the OS (nothing to lose, nothing is saved on there of importance).

Help/ideas would be most welcome.

Thanks :-)

Edited by SCEtoAUX on Thursday 27th August 19:47

JimbobVFR

2,503 posts

121 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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I can offer 2 pieces of advise. Firstly and obviously don't go to Wetherspoons would be my best advice, awful pubs.

I did have a problem on my own laptip using a public WiFi, in my case I discovered it wouldnt work using Chrome but a swap to Firefox got me in OK, might be worth a go.

ninepoint2

2,912 posts

137 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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JimbobVFR said:
I can offer 2 pieces of advise. Firstly and obviously don't go to Wetherspoons would be my best advice, awful pubs.

I did have a problem on my own laptip using a public WiFi, in my case I discovered it wouldnt work using Chrome but a swap to Firefox got me in OK, might be worth a go.
Most unhelpful post of the day, nothing wrong with Spoons, what an obnoxious snob you must be, and try reading OP properly, he did try other browsers

HTH helps you clown!!

Odhran

574 posts

160 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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ninepoint2 said:
Most unhelpful post of the day, nothing wrong with Spoons, what an obnoxious snob you must be, and try reading OP properly, he did try other browsers

HTH helps you clown!!
Is that you Tim Martin?

Chainsaw Rebuild

1,700 posts

79 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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I vaguely remember having a problem like this. I think it got solved when I connected to a different cloud location; it then worked upon my return to the original pub. Sorry I can't remember more and be more helpful, but its worth a try.

ninepoint2

2,912 posts

137 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Odhran said:
ninepoint2 said:
Most unhelpful post of the day, nothing wrong with Spoons, what an obnoxious snob you must be, and try reading OP properly, he did try other browsers

HTH helps you clown!!
Is that you Tim Martin?
Nah I don't particularly like him, but lets not allow politics to get in the way of reasonably cheap food and drink shall we?

bristolracer

5,125 posts

126 months

Friday 28th August 2020
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Do you need to use their wifi?
I find free wifi to be slow and pretty st
When I need internet access I just tether to my phone

superstreek

266 posts

187 months

Friday 28th August 2020
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Try connecting via an incognito tab, can be enough to trigger the session refresh on the authentication side.

Davie

Dave.

6,715 posts

230 months

Friday 28th August 2020
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Do you have more than 1 WiFi management software running? IE, windows own built in and the manufacturer/intel/etc?

ETA https://kb.netgear.com/20701/Disabling-various-thi...

Edited by Dave. on Friday 28th August 06:44

Munter

31,202 posts

218 months

Friday 28th August 2020
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A bit late. But open the browser and manually enter www.msftconnecttest.com/redirect usually works for me.

SCEtoAUX

Original Poster:

4,119 posts

58 months

Friday 28th August 2020
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Thanks all, a couple of things to try this weekend.

With regard to "Do I need to use their WiFi? ", the answer is yes.

I spend a lot of time in there, often using it as an office. It's only a two minute walk from home and pretty nice as Spoons pubs go.

DaveH23

2,996 posts

147 months

Friday 28th August 2020
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I used to get the same issue albeit with hotel WiFi.

When you connect there is normally a landing page when you first launch the internet where they ask you to login or provide some details, until you do this it shows no internet as you have described.

A couple of ways to force yourself to that landing page is to enter 1 of the following in your browser page:
192.168.1.1
127.1.1.1
1.1.1.1
http://localhost

The first IP address used to work 99% if the time for me.