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#1 floyd

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 12:22 PM

I use WIN XP.
I travel a lot by RV and when I get into RV parks there are often times a number of other campers with satellite internet connections that do not secure them as they don’t mind neighbors sharing their connection with those that don’t have internet service In their RV’s.
Sometimes I will have a number of networks showing on the list available networks, some secured and some not all in varying degrees of strength.
There are times when I try the unsecured ones and get right on. Other times I’m not able to connect to them.
I have noticed some say “Automatic” while others are labeled “On Demand”. I don’t know what the difference is, but neither work.
Does anybody know why?
Thanks
Floyd

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 09:17 PM

Automatic will connect automatically when the wireless signal is in range.
OnDemand means you will need to manually connect to that network when in range.

An Access Point showing no security does not mean you can just connect. They may be
using MAC filtering to keep you from getting an IP address. The security list shows what
encryption is being used between the client PC and the AP.

Also if too many people are connected you will not be able to until someone disconnects.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:16 AM

Raw, thanks for thr reply. Am I able to see that Mac filtering and/or that security list you speak of, and if I am able to access it is there anything I can change to access that connection so I can get my email?
Thanks again.
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 07:55 PM

Unless you have mad wifi skillz you will not bypass MAC filtering. One other
possibility is the router is not configured as a DHCP server, therefore it will
not give out IP addresses automatically, which means you would need to
configure the network manually with IP, subnet and Gateway addresses.
Either be patient and wait for the open connection to accept you
(provided you have permission to access said network) or buddy up to
one of the owners of the secured networks and see if they will let you in.
Perhaps some ribs on the grill and a few cold beers! :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 09:14 AM

Thanks for the very good explanation. It's really appreciated.
The ribs and beer suggestion is a good idea.
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Posted 14 June 2008 - 10:55 AM

Unless you have mad wifi skillz you will not bypass MAC filtering. One other
possibility is the router is not configured as a DHCP server, therefore it will
not give out IP addresses automatically, which means you would need to
configure the network manually with IP, subnet and Gateway addresses.
Either be patient and wait for the open connection to accept you
(provided you have permission to access said network) or buddy up to
one of the owners of the secured networks and see if they will let you in.
Perhaps some ribs on the grill and a few cold beers! :thumbsup:


Be aware guy's that although this is possible, in some some countries (noteably UK) it is cosidered as theft and has resulted in some prosecutions lately.




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