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shredder-13
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Coffee shop wifi problem

Post by shredder-13 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:53 pm

Hi,
I am a Linux newbie and installed Linux Mint onto a laptop recently to use when I travel and in local coffee shops. The problem is that I have not been able to get it to connect to any public network at Starbucks or the local coffee shop which I assume is a captive portal issue, as these locations have a "agree with the terms of service" page. I can log in with my phone (android) and Windows 10 laptop without any issues.
At home, I can connect to my wifi with no problems. (and any other wifi networks with a username and passwords, or open networks without.

I can see the network and when I select it, I get prompted for the password. After typing in the password, I see that it is trying to connect for maybe a minute, and then get a pop-up stating that "disconnected from network".
While it is connecting, I try opening a page in Chrome with no success.

I have added to the /etc/NetworkManager.conf file:

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[connectivity]
uri=http://nmcheck.gnome.org/check_network_status.txt 
I have searched for a solution for the past week, with no success. There are a lot of questions about this but no real solution.
With so many people having this issue, I am very surprised that there is no real solution to what I assume is a captive portal issue.

Thank you.

Shredder

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Re: Coffee shop wifi problem

Post by AZgl1500 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:18 pm

never go into a Starbucks, can't afford their offerings.

but have sat inside many a McDonald's burger joint.
and never once, have I been able to use their free WiFi service.

I just give up, and turn on my cellphone's hotspot.

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Re: Coffee shop wifi problem

Post by Gruppo Sportivo » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:02 am

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Re: Coffee shop wifi problem

Post by shredder-13 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:59 pm

Thank you Gruppo Sportivo,
That seems to be what I am dealing with and there seem to be some solutions to try.

Will post if and what works.

Shred

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