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Old 10-07-2020, 01:52 PM   #1
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Default WiFi sign-on craziness

Long story, short version: I'm spending time with a patient in the hospital. Lots of time. Patient's ok, but long rehab. Been there before, done that. Hospital's got decent wifi but you have to connect to it, open a browser and try to navigate. Then it redirects you to a page where you accept the hospital's terms of use. Click the accept button and you're on.

Only problem is that browsers or Windows hang on to some data or other that prevents this from working. Sometimes you can get to the terms page, sometimes it just won't fly.

I've run into the same problem in hotels. Probably happens in airports and suchlike too, though that's never bit me.

There are all sorta weird tricks you can run through to sort it out; I've never yet found a situation where any one of them is 100% reliable every time, but if I throw enough stuff at it, sooner or later it knocks a hole in the digiwall and I can get in.

Simplest is to open a new browser and go to http://www.google.com (NOT https and you'll have to slap the browser's ittle hands if it insists on "helping").

There's a whole slew of other bits and pieces. If anybody's interested, I'll post some more.

Otherwise, I'll just end-rant here. ;-)

   
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steve: If anybody's interested, I'll post some more.
I am although, I don't really know why because I never use wifi but, I guess it's the essential nerd in me that doesn't want to let any info go by without checking it...'-}}


My guess is that the famous browser cache and likely kept cookies (along perhaps with a setting of not accepting 3rd party cookies) might contribute to the issues?




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I'm interested.

   
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I am although, I don't really know why because I never use wifi but, I guess it's the essential nerd in me that doesn't want to let any info go by without checking it...'-}}


My guess is that the famous browser cache and likely kept cookies (along perhaps with a setting of not accepting 3rd party cookies) might contribute to the issues?




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Here, it's wifi or nothing (though I'm ever more tempted to get one of those "stuff it in your laptop and connect anywhere" cards)

Contribute, maybe. Sole cause? Not cookies or cache; got all the browsers set to delete those on shutdown.

   
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See? It's got me talking to myself! I'll paste in my tip sheet here. Note that over the course of three or four days, I've had to use three or four of these tricks when the previously successful ones decided not to work any more. Maddening.

* marks the ones that have worked for me at least once.

Look up the Default Gateway IP, manually type that into the browser

Manually type in a new URL into the address bar

Empty the cache; if you can force a reload in your browser, try that

*On iPhone, go to WiFi settings, tell it to Renew the connection or to FORGET it, then reconnect

Turn off any alternate DNS servers. Once connected, you can probably re-add your alternate (and faster) DNS servers.

*Windows: CMD then ipconfig /flushdns or Mac: Terminal then sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

Try loading the router's default page (check PING results for a starting point)

*Try opening an incognito/private window in your browser then visit a non-HTTPS site
( example.com is a good start )

*Try going to a standard site, NON https: http://www.google.com for example

Try typing "login" in the browser's address bar

*Try typling 1.1.1.1 into the browser

Make sure there are no pages already loaded into the browser before trying to access login page

Delete and create a new network location

Turn off wifi, turn it on again

Restart the device/computer

   
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steve: Not cookies or cache; got all the browsers set to delete those on shutdown.
Ok then!


That pretty much leaves me clueless given my limited experience with wifi. Will read through your possible workarounds...thanks!



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