When you connect public Wi-Fi or free Wi-Fi hotspot, most of the time your phone will connect successfully, but you won’t be able to open any webpage when you start the browse. To connect public Wi-Fi hotspot successfully, you have to go through Wi-Fi provider’s authentication or login page.
Most of the time, your phone will struggle to load the login or network page properly. When you access a free public Wi-Fi, there are two steps involved in connection process. First you have to select the Wi-Fi network with your phone to connect their router.
Second, your phone has to load authentication page to authenticate and agree terms and conditions to use providers free network. Most of the iOS versions and Android phones will fail in this second step to load the authentication page.
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When you stuck on this second step, the best solution is to load this authentication page manually with your phone.
We demonstratedhis article with iPhone and screen shots. This workaround is applicable for any public Wi-Fi with iPhone and Android smart phones. However, we selected “on Air” Wi-Fi in this case. Recently airlines start to offer free Wi-Fi on air, but the passengers are failed to connect this free Wi-Fi on air.
Step1: Search and Connect Free Wi-Fi with your Phone
As usual, first open iPhone > Settings > Wi-Fi > Select Open Wi-Fi, tap on Wi-Fi to select the Wi-Fi to connect. Now your iPhone / Android will connect to the network and supposed to load the login / authentication page automatically. Other wise you will see a check mark near to connected Wi-Fi, but won’t be able to load any web pages.
When you open chrome or safari, your browser will try to load the authentication page or you may see “can not open the page” message. At this point, try step 2 to load the authentication page manually.
Step 2: Load the Authentication / Login Page manually
To load the login page, you have to get the router gate IP. You can get router gate IP address from Wi-Fi details screen. To get router IP, go to iPhone Settings > Wi-Fi > tap on “i” of selected Wi-Fi network > Next Screen DHCP Tab > Router IP.
Now copy this router IP Address and type on your browser address area and enter to load page.
Your browser will load the Wi-Fi provider’s authentication page, fill out the necessary details on this page before submitting.
Once you submit and the provider authenticate your connection, then you can start to enjoy the free Wi-Fi.
Alternative Solution to Load Login Page
You can try most common IP address manually before going and finding out the gateway IP addresses as described in step 2. Most of the routers have the gateway IP addresses like 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 and you can try any one of these before going to Wi-Fi details page.
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Even though we demonstrated this workaround with iPhone, the same solution is applicable for Android phone. This solution will work any public Wi-Fi that reluctant to load the authentication or login page on your smart phone.