zac
Are you saying that the public wifi login doesn't work or that when you launch your browser, it doesn't launch the wifi login as the first page you see (like some public wifi spots will do)?
posted by zac Staff3 years and 9 months ago Link

sdougbrown
we might be doing a better job of caching, which means that when you initially load the page you don't need to actually be connected to the internet yet... if you ran a query you'd probably get the Public Wifi login prompt.
posted by sdougbrown 3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
Nope — as I wrote in the reply to Zac, it hangs — meaning nothing comes up.

Peanut
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
The latter — it just hangs until I have it try to launch the likes of Google, et al, which do pull up the wifi login. It's the login step that's the stumbling block here. I don't know that I can differentiate public wifi spots from open wifi spots.

It's to the point where I'm seriously considering changing the home page from DuckDuckGo because of the problem.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 9 months ago Link
anonymous
When set to DuckDuckGo as its HomePage, all browsers seem to not launch the wifi login as the first page, at sights where there is a login page; it hangs; and nada. If there isn't a login page, then no problemo. If I change the browser's HomePage to Google, then, it pulls up login pages just fine.

Peanut
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
It's related to the public wifi hijacking your http connections but unable to do so with an https one.
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 8 months ago Link
anonymous
So then what's a reasonable workaround? I can't be the only one,... If I try to use http: it flips it to https: which I expect is what it's supposed to do. Explanations aside, it's [making DDG my start page] isn't working for me. What are others doing?

Peanut
posted by <hidden> • 3 years and 8 months ago Link
x.15a2
Interesting... I had a rare opportunity to use public wifi yesterday and had trouble connecting to it, which brought this thread to mind. I then realized that the sites i was trying to visit were all secure (https) sites, so I went to a random non-secure site and got the wifi login screen.

Try using http://ddg.gg as your home page. It's a redirector to https://duckduckgo.com, but since it's non-secure it may be enough to get you to the wifi login screen.
posted by x.15a2 Community Leader3 years and 8 months ago Link