Originally Posted by scoopman
So I have a new lappy with internal wireless (Intel 2200B/G) and I don't really know about the finer points of wireless. I went to a shopping mall here in SoCal where they have a free wi-fi spot in the foodcourt. I fired up the lappy and switched on the wireless switch on my CL56 and it found the connection (I had the little icon in the tray). However, when I opened either Firefox or Internet Explorer they both said I was offline. My question is how do I make either browser recognize the wireless connection. I couldn't find any help in the Windows help program. I didn't want to screw up my new lappy so I didn't try to hard. I figured I'd ask around here when I got back home. So if anyone can help point me in the correct direction or throw some ideas at me I would really appreciate it.
First, Windows is always light-years behind any useful help. You didn't describe your problem in a way we can help you much. But you're a begginer, right? No problem, that's why we are here for... (and I'm not a network geek anyway...
Let's try this first:
- Did you ask someone on the mall on how to connect? I mean, it can be free, but you still need to configure some parameters, like DNS (which is basically a server running on the server point that gives you your "passport" to the network). You can see other things to configure, but basically, normally, you only need to configure the DNS server number(s).
Go to your wireless connection, under "Network Connection" (Control Panel). Right click it, and then select TCP-IP. Click Properties and then, try to adjust your configs with the mall's config.
Hope it helps, if you can tell more precisely your error, David.