Wifi Help


Well I opened by laptop at a park nearby my home and I could see a wireless network named ' Free Public Wifi' in the list of networks. So I clicked to connect and it connected - but only to get the auto assigned 169.254.XXX.XXX series ip assigned. So eventhough it says it is connected, there is no data receieved over the network...

What should I do get it working properly?


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When you get the 169.x.x.x address, you aren't really connected. You can try to repair the connection. It is possible that you can see a signal but that the AP is too far away (signal too weak) to connect to properly. Also be aware that access points generally put out a stronger signal than your laptop does (better antenna, placement, etc.). It is possible you can see the signal but your laptop signal is too weak for the AP to see.

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Jerry Park

Some random possibilities:

You don't have a good enough connection to get an IP address from the DHCP server.

The owner has (mis)configured it to not _have_ a DHCP server (so only those in the know who can assign a static IP can use it).

It's a "free but you must sign up to use it" hotspot and you need to find the owner and get signed up.

It's a honeypot for stealing your passwords, and the script kiddies haven't gotten it figured out yet.

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William P.N. Smith

Thanks a lot for all ur replies!!!!

Well I can see a strong signal, but can't connect. Probably he might have not turned on the DCHP option!!!

Thanks again!

William P.N. Smith wrote:

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You can "connect" without DHCP. If you can't connect at all, he might be using MAC filtering or security.

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John Navas

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