Why Doesn't Free Public WiFi Work?

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Why Doesn't Free Public WiFi Work?

Did you ever search for an available WiFi AP only to be confronted with "Free Public WiFi" as the SSID? After clicking on this network did you find you don't get internet access? Well if this has happened to you -- and it has happened to me, you want to check out this article which explains how Microsoft's ad-hoc network setttings and the irresistable idea of getting free WiFi combine to spread an SSID which causes lots of wasted time.

The good news is if we all stop clicking on this SSID, it will eventually go away. You know, like when your teachers told you you had to learn the metric system and you ignored them and after a few years they forgot. Well except for soft drinks and toilet bowls. I still haven't figured that one out.


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