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Wireless wont connect to secured network but unsecured is fine

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February 13, 2012 4:40:09 PM

I can go to the public library and log on without a hitch, but at a coffee house or cafe I can not connect. Sometimes it says 'cannot validate..' and sometimes it just says 'unable to connect to wireless network' What gives? :bounce: 
a b F Wireless
February 13, 2012 5:04:29 PM



Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

The secured networks require a security key which you get from asking the owner of the network, and sometimes paying a fee. On connecting some of them divert your browser to their own page at which they tell you how to log in.



February 13, 2012 5:19:40 PM

Saga Lout said:

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

The secured networks require a security key which you get from asking the owner of the network, and sometimes paying a fee. On connecting some of them divert your browser to their own page at which they tell you how to log in.




Even after entering the key it will not connect.
a b F Wireless
February 13, 2012 5:35:01 PM




Some older models of laptop have wireless adapters which cannot recognise or connect to, the security level of WPA2. Can you find a WEP or WPA to experiment on to show that is the problem? If it is, you'd need to buy a USB powered wireless dongle.


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