Public wifi takes over my computer...

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Doug Wells, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Doug Wells

    Doug Wells Guest

    My home wifi network has been up and operating well for a number of
    years. Recently, Portland started installing public wifi all over the
    city (MetroFi). At work, i connect with my laptop to the wifi network
    with no problem, but at home it's a different story. I'll connect to
    my home network, with an excellent connection - but the public wifi
    will "take over" my system. It takes me to its home page where I would
    have to sign up for their service - it doesn't let me do anything
    else. Sometimes, if I repair the wireless connection, it will solve
    the problem for a while - but later, usually, their signal will take
    over again, rendering my connection worthless.

    I honestly have no idea how or why this is happening. I've removed
    this public network from my preferred list in my wireless setup;
    sometimes clearing my cache helps temporarily. What could this be? So
    far their support has not been able to help me. They say they transmit
    on channels 6 and 11, so I made sure and changed my router to a
    different channel - same result.

    Please help!
    Doug Wells, Jan 16, 2008
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  2. Doug Wells

    John Navas Guest

    You've probably got Windows XP configured to connect automatically to
    any unsecured network. Turn that off! Then make sure your home Wi-Fi
    has a _unique_ SSID with WPA and a strong passphrase.
    John Navas, Jan 16, 2008
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  3. Doug Wells

    bi241 Guest

    Take a look at your Windows "Wireless Neighbourhood" list, pick a name
    that make your home router unique, ex: "myrouter"

    Then give it to your wireless router, set WEP or WPA authentication if
    you so desire. Reboot the router for the change to take effect.

    Now, give the same WEP/WPA handshake code to your laptop's wireless

    Finally, pull up the "Wireless Neighbourhood" list again, click on
    "myrouter" to connect. The public WiFi will leave you alone. You may
    have to set up two profiles for your wireless card, in case you're
    away from home and want to connect to the public WiFi

    bi241, Jan 16, 2008
  4. Doug Wells

    John Navas Guest

    NOT a good choice. What I recommend is using your street address as
    your SSID, which ensure uniqueness, and makes it easy for neighbors to
    locate your wireless if they need to.
    WEP is NOT a good choice -- it's useless -- use WPA. If the router
    needs rebooting, it will do it itself.
    Use a strong passphrase. See wiki below for details.
    NOT how to do it -- use View Available Wireless Networks.
    Not necessarily. See my prior post.
    Profiles? Only if running 3rd party software with that capability.
    And NOT needed if Windows is configured correctly.

    Bad advice is worse than no advice.
    John Navas, Jan 16, 2008
  5. Doug Wells

    bi241 Guest

    nothing personal, but you seems way too ignorant about wifi to include
    these wiki links in your post. i bet you dont even understand their
    bi241, Jan 17, 2008
  6. Doug Wells

    John Navas Guest

    You'd lose that bet -- they were written by me and Jeff Liebermann. ;)

    Please post any real evidence you might have that what I've written
    above is incorrect -- if I've made mistakes, I'd like to correct them.
    John Navas, Jan 17, 2008
  7. Doug Wells

    bi241 Guest

    You've just proved that you are a fraud! Every article on Wiki is an
    collaborative effort of the community. You wrote them? Yeah, know, i wrote the Bible.. bwahahaha!!!!!!!!!!
    You can claim the author's right of your moronic NG posts, dumb ass.
    And i don't give a **** about that!!
    bi241, Jan 20, 2008
  8. Doug Wells

    DTC Guest

    DTC, Jan 20, 2008
  9. Doug Wells

    DTC Guest

    A professional in the industry will quickly recognize the wiki cellular
    was written by a person(s) that collected information from various
    sources and the wiki WiFi was written by persons actively involved in
    the everyday and practical implementation, using their professional

    Tossing up a few WiFi access points for residential or small office use
    and advocating consumer grade Linksys, Buffalo, Netgear, and D-Link
    products is not near the same league as installing full blown
    commercial systems enterprise advocating business, carrier, or
    enterprise products.

    I'm not belittling those that install small systems or that advocate
    consumer grade products as a component failure would only affect a few
    computers, but its different when a failure affects hundreds of users.
    DTC, Jan 20, 2008
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