It could be an airport, a coffee shop, a hotel, or a meeting room where you open your laptop computer. Work begins, you select the correct Wi-Fi network, and nothing happens. As much as you try to connect to the internet, your browser claims that you are not connected to the internet, even though your Wi-Fi symbol indicates that you are. However, the pop-up login screen never appears.

All of us have been there. When working from coworking spaces and coffee shops, our remote team has spent more time than we'd like to admit attempting to get online.

Coffee shops, hotels, and airport Wi-Fi don't have a magic button to connect to, but these tactics keep us connected most of the time. When your Wi-Fi stops working, you'll probably need these tips. Download our Wi-Fi cheat sheet at the conclusion of this guide to keep these ideas handy.

The best option: Connect to a secure network

When feasible, choose a secure network, which is commonly indicated by a padlock.

When using public Wi-Fi, the login screen often does not appear. However, that's only a problem with Wi-Fi networks that are open, public, and unprotected.

In general, if you connect to an open network, such as at a friend's house, you won't need a password and can begin browsing the internet immediately. Coffee shops and airports often need you to register an account or input a code from your receipt before you can use their Wi-Fi. As a result of this, you'll need a custom login screen, which is frequently unavailable. Choosing only encrypted Wi-Fi connections is the finest and most secure solution. Encrypted networks, usually shown by a padlock next to its name in your Wi-Fi menu, ask for a password in a conventional window like the one seen above. In most cases, you won't have to input the password again because your computer will remember it.

Securitized networks are easier to log into, but they also provide a level of protection. Everyone who is connected to the public Wi-Fi network by default can see anything you enter on an unprotected, non-HTTPS web page. As a result, your data is likely to be safer on encrypted networks with WPA2 passwords. In some networks, you can log in to either the encrypted or the public network. Consider using a secure network.

Is there no encrypted network? If you're having trouble getting the login screen to load, try these tips.

  1. Disable the use of alternate DNS servers.
  2. Domain Name System (DNS) configurations

It's possible to speed up your internet by switching DNS servers, however, this isn't possible when using public Wi-Fi.

Turning off your secondary DNS server is a good way to get login pages to load.

It's considerably easier to visit websites than typing in 52.0.36.104 when using DNS servers, which match domain names such as zapier.com to their server's IP address. However, if you are unaware of the DNS option, you're probably alright; by default, your computer uses a DNS server from the Wi-Fi router, which is what most public WiFi networks expect you to use. Your login page will load faster and you won't need these suggestions.

Your issue may be caused by the fact that you've previously added Google DNS, OpenDNS, or any other DNS to your network settings. In many public Wi-Fi networks, the DNS server is used to notify your computer which login page to open, which doesn't work if you're using an alternate DNS server.

To correct this, simply open your browser. Disable any other DNS servers in the DNS settings. How to do it:

Mac:

Then open System Preferences, choose Network and Advanced and then click the DNS tab. Tap the - button to remove any DNS servers you've selected.

Windows

Select Open Internet and Network Settings by right-clicking your network icon in the system tray, then select the "Network and Sharing Center" option. After selecting Properties, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 and select Properties again. You can also utilize the default DNS servers if you select Option an IP address automatically.

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iOS

Click Wi-Fi in Settings, then hit the I button next to the network name. Configure DNS and select Automatic.

Android:

Navigate to Settings -> Advanced -> Private DNS. Automatic is the only option.

Switching off your Wi-Fi and then back on should get you to the login screen.

Your computer's DNS cache may need to be cleared if this is the case. How to do it:

Re-connect to the Wi-Fi network and it should work.

Tip

To speed up your page load time and bypass some content limitations, you can add your custom DNS server settings once you're connected. When it comes to that, you can use Google DNS (8.10.8.8 | 8.8.4.4) and OpenDNS (208-67-222-222 | 208-67-220.220).

Open the default router page

Sign-in screen for Gogo internet

Your Wi-Fi network may open if you guess the login page.

Having trouble connecting? Once again, you will have no choice but force your browser to load your login page.

There is a simple way to do this by loading the router's default webpage. In your browser address bar, type 192.168, 127.11, or 1.1.1.1 to see the default login page (or a router settings login page, in which case you shouldn't try to log in unless you're at home).

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