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Trouble Logging Into Public Wifi? [Quick Tip]

by on October 4th, 2010

Day 1 of my trip to the UK and I immediately met with an iPad wifi woe trying to log into the hotel’s network. After connecting to the ‘open’ wifi I was taken to a login page that asked for both a username and a password, which had been provided by the hotel. I entered these but was left floundering on the login page. I couldn’t click on ‘Go’ from the keyboard or ‘Connect’ on the login page.

Frustration ensued (along with a good dose of disconnect anxiety) and, with no in-house IT team to help me out, I finally found an Apple support forum thread that solved the problem. All I had to do was turn off autofill in the Safari settings (Settings>Safari>Autofill – Off).

No doubt, many of you clever readers out there already know that apparently the problem is that Safari’s autofill tries to open a dialogue box asking to save the password at the same time as the login page is closing. This makes the page just hang there. However, with autofill turned off, the problem is immediately resolved. Phew.

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Posted under: Troubleshooting

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Disconnect Anxiety is the worst thing ever. ;)

    I’ve actually had that issue on my iPhone trying to connect to wifi. I’ll try this next time!

  • Anonymous

    Good find!

  • Anonymous

    In actual fact, once you’ve signed into the Wifi hotspot (hitting I Agree, username/password) and it hangs, you are technically able to use data (try checking your email now). Just hit ‘Cancel’, it will close the connection manager window, and disconnect you from the hotspot. Simply tap the hotspot name again and it will connect you. Voilà, no connection window this time, and you’re anxiety levels drop.

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