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Windows Vista WiFi connection problems "Local only" connections

Discussion in 'Networking and Wireless' started by hogbob99, Dec 15, 2007.

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  1. hogbob99

    hogbob99 Newbie

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    I have a HP DV6000 and have a problem connecting to some WiFi hotspots. The problem occurs when trying to connect to a public, open WiFi hotspot. I connect to the hotspot but it says the connection is "Local Only". When I look at the connection I am attached to the wireless access point but not the internet'

    I tried my old HP laptop with XP Pro at the same hotspot it connects just fine to the internet. In researching this problem i found the following link


    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233/en-us

    This sounds like a logical solution but if I change the registry to disable the broadcast flag will I be causing other connectivity problems with newer routers?

    This problem has occured in public open WiFi hotspots in hotels and some RV parks but I need connectivity when we travel so I need a fix that works with any open hotspot.

    Thanks

    bob
     
  2. blue68f100

    blue68f100 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Should not impact working sites. Being a register change, it's easier to back out vs software.
     
  3. LARM

    LARM Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm having the same problem (I think).

    I'm currently viewing 2 wireless connections at a truck stop that I've connected to before. When I click connect on one of them it tells me I'm connected and the signal strength is excellent, but I can't go online with Firefox/Internet Explorer.

    Any ideas?

    In the Network And Sharing Center where the diagram of the network is I have a red X between the wireless connection and the internet.
     
  4. blue68f100

    blue68f100 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Maybe a firewall blocking it.

    If you are using DHCP you wireless should pull these values from the DHCP server.

    When you get that, see if you can ping yahoo.com. If not the dns server values are not any good. If you can in turn ping 216.109.112.135 (yahoo.com) your gateway is valid if not, no gateway (required for www).

    For diag purposes run "ipconfig /all" from a cmd prompt. And look at those values. Normally the dns values are not pointing at the routers gateway, have public IP's.
     
  5. mpet29

    mpet29 Newbie

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    I am having EXACTLY this problem, except with a Gateway laptop running Vista. I live in NYC, and while I have no problems at home, when I want to take my laptop out to a coffee shop or something, I see a ton and always get "local connectivity only."

    Any solid fixes?
     
  6. Thrill620

    Thrill620 Notebook Guru

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    I live in nyc too. running vista on my laptop. I get a local only connection usually when connecting to public wifi. I thought this was a software problem until I realized Its not until you subscribe of get a password (as with starbucks) until you can connect from thier local connection to the internet... just throwing this out there...
     
  7. sferguson

    sferguson Newbie

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    Hi there
    I have a dell xpsm1330- and I tend to see the same thing as well sometimes. I can detect and connect to the public wifi- but to local only - i.e no internet. However, if I move closer to the same signal - i can conncet to the public wifi and get internet - same provider, the only which has changed is the distance.
    Does this make sense at all? When I can only connect locally my signal strength is fair to good - why then can I only connect locally?

    Many thanks

    Scott.
     
  8. Annon777

    Annon777 Notebook Enthusiast

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    i have this problem as well..

    what i did was, i plug in LAN cable from my wireless router to my laptop and connection to internet is available. Then, I went to the 'Connect to network' and connect my laptop to the wireless router displayed in the list. And it said I'm successfully connected to the internet. Finally, i unplugged the LAN cable from my laptop, and, tada, I'm connected to the internet wirelessly..

    However, once I disconnect my laptop from the internet, I have to plug and unplug the LAN cable to connect to the internet using the wireless router again which is annoying..
     
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    Annon777 Notebook Enthusiast

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    my problem solved now. I just enter correct ip addresses for laptop and default gateways.:D
     
  10. blue68f100

    blue68f100 Notebook Virtuoso

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    You may trying cloaning the MAC address of the PC used to setup the account. Your isp may be restricting it since you nb has a different MAC address. What you did was bypass the auto connection info. Try cloaning and see if a std DHCP will work. With only 1 pc this never comes into play.
     
  11. Lappie

    Lappie Notebook Consultant

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    Add me as another experiencing Vista and internet access off router issues.

    I nerrowed it down to my Vista PCs since my XP and one Vista notebook wich was just days ago an XP machine had no issues. This only happens at a 2nd home router (D-Link WBR 2310) and not at primary home with d-Link N extreme gaming Router. Both locations had IP reservations set to same IP address.

    I can ista but as soon as one more Vista notebook connects, the 2 Vista wifi notebooks begin to drop internet connection and periodically the connection to router as well. It hangs at "identifying pubilc networks" connection to local only then. I did change to private network and it appears to do the same.

    At the 2nd home connection under wifi details, I get an value/address under link-logic IPv6 yet nothing shows for IPv6 default gateway and DNS server. Is there supposed to be something automatically entered here or do I need to do it myself and if so, where do I get the values from?

    Any iseas?
     
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    b0rg3 Newbie

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    Hey, i have the same problem. I am trying to use my laptop as the hotspot so that i can browse internet on my phone using the wifi. It gets connected but i cannot access the internet. It shows the access is local.

    Any help will be appreciated. Anyone succeeded in connecting their mobiles or ipod ?

    Cheers
     
  14. sailor279

    sailor279 Newbie

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    Be sure your wireless adapter is set to OBTAIN an IP address (and/or DNS) AUTOMATICALLY (DHCP), a setting that most, if not all hotspots require.
    Search your OS's help menu for DHCP for instructions on how to confirm your wireless adapter automatically obtains these settings.

    If not, your wireless adapter won't be able to receive an IP address from the hotspot and you won't get through to the internet!
     
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