Have Dell Inspirion laptop. Has wireless. Wireless works great in my house which is a secure wireless setup. When connecting to it, at least for the first time, user will have to input security key.
When I take laptop on trips, and happen to be staying in a hotel that has free Wi-Fi, yet must still enter in security key in some fashion, it is often done a different way. An actual browser window auto launches when initially trying to connect. You enter the credentials via the browser along with answering a few questions such as room number, etc.
My issue is that at public hotels with Wi-Fi, my laptop will NEVER launch the browser window. It's like there is something preventing it from launching or it just doesn't know to launch.
Like I said, Wi-Fi works great in my house, friends house where you are just connecting to say a Linksys Wi-Fi router. But it won't even launch the standard browser a person would get when staying in say the Hilton.