4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2006 7:49 PM by Big Joe
BoricuaMac Level 1 (0 points)
Hey guys, I went to Starbucks today to connect to the Internet and I had a problem I couldn't solve. I could see it connected to their network with full signal, but my IP address came back as 169.254.x.x (don't remember the last two octets, merely that it's the default IP when you can't get one via DHCP). It was very weird. I tried shutting the Airport off and then turning it back on, manually configuring a 192.168 address (I figured that's what they used), and even rebooting my iBook and I still couldn't connect, even though the signal was completely full.

I don't know much about Macs, but I know they should connect to free networks like those at Starbucks or Panera. It's the first time I tried to connect somewhere other than my house or my girlfriends appartment, but I want to know how to troubleshoot it better if it ever happens again.

Can you guys tell me what went wrong there? I can't figure it out.

iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Deme Level 4 (1,140 points)
    I don't know about where you live, but here Starbucks do not offer free WIFI. You have to sign up through a third party, so that might be your problem
  • BoricuaMac Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, even on closed networks, you open Safari and you get prompted for a user name and password. Starbucks has an open network (or at least Airport asked if I wanted to join the open network "Starbucks") so it should just pull an IP via DHCP.
  • Larry Gage Level 2 (275 points)
    Had a similar problem twice with T-Mobile at Starbucks. Just turning Airport off, then on again, fixed it the first time it happened. Second time, when nothing seemed to work, I asked and was told their internet access was down.

    iBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.5)  
  • Big Joe Level 2 (180 points)
    I have no idea that Starbucks offer free WiFi connection. You need to have a subscription or pay the fee to connect in WiFi for Starbucks or T-mobile. You're correct about detecting the open network in starbucks store and having full signal, but it doesn't mean you can use the internet. Yes, it is DHCP, but you need to log-in to their server first.