Help with hotspots

Advice from anyone on using public wireless hotspots (t-mobile, cometa, etc.). Sometimes these work fine for me; most times not. When they don't work, it appears like I have no DNS server available - web browser can't locate any pages. The hotspot shows up on in my wireless display, I connect to it and (apparantly) get an IP address (as shown by IPCONFIG). But that's as far as it goes. Rebooting doesn't help; nor does resetting the DNS in the properties for tcp/ip to ensure automatic DNS server location. What else can I look at to fix this?

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You can always try a IP addy (

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) which doesn't use DNS. If that works, you can hard code a DNS server and see what happens. For instance, up here in rainy cold Washington, verizone uses,, .4, .5 and .6 . I don't remember the comcast one... Please note that you should be able to use ANY public dns server worldwide IF you have connectivity.

What IP addy is it giving you?


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It may be a silly question but do you have a proxy activated?


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