I just went with a friend and got a HP laptop from Best buy. Since I live in an apartment building I was assuming that I could get some free wireless internet from people living in the building who don't know how to secure their networks. Now I know there are some risks of being hacked when on a wireless network (Can someone enlighten me how a hacker could get around my XP SP2 firewall?) but I am not worried about that since I am aware and don't plan on doing an sensitive work while on the net.
So far I have not been able to get on the internet even though there are 2 unsecured networks with very strong signal.
I can connect to them and acquire a network address
then I do ipconfig and get the ip of the router and try to ping it and I am successful with that
However I can't ping things outside the network like www.yahoo.com
(it wouldn't even resolve the name)
I don't think the router is doing Mac filtering since I can connect to the network. Is this a correct assumption?
I think I might be missing some easy setting on the laptop and I am just looking for some good trouble shooting steps.
Thanks for your time and tips