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Topic: Why Can't I Connect To My School's Wifi?

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:16 PM
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Why Can't I Connect To My School's Wifi?

My school right now has wireless wifi, but I'm not sure what kind of security settings it has. On my Touch, I can actually pick up the signal, AND connect to it, without asking me for a password. But when I open Safari or anything that requires the wifi, it says "Safari can't open the page because it can't find the server." When I go to the wireless settings, it gives me the IP Address and Subnet Mask, but the Router and DNS slots are blank.

Anyone have any ideas on this? Thanks
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It is probably because your school's network is setup so each computer has to be registered first before connecting. So let's say a new teacher comes in and they give them a brand new computer. The school's IT person (normally a dingus who graduated from a school lower than ITT tech) will then come in, mess everything up, and register the computer with their servers. Your iPod touch is not registered so the server is blocking you. That is why your school's wi-fi doesn't contain any type of encryption (like WEP) as outside people can't log on unless their computer is registered.

So it looks like you are stuck. Oh, by school I just assumed that you meant either High School, Junior High, or Mid-High School. Universities normally have some sort of login process in which you register your device with them. You have to type in your university e-mail address and password in order to register your device.



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Old 10-12-2007, 06:40 PM
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hey im in the same position. my campus currently uses wep enterprise, which isn't supported by the touch yet. i assume your school uses the same wifi connection. it sucks but hopefully apple will update it so the touch can support the enterprise version of wifi...but until then we are sol
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It is probably because your school's network is setup so each computer has to be registered first before connecting. So let's say a new teacher comes in and they give them a brand new computer. The school's IT person (normally a dingus who graduated from a school lower than ITT tech) will then come in, mess everything up, and register the computer with their servers. Your iPod touch is not registered so the server is blocking you. That is why your school's wi-fi doesn't contain any type of encryption (like WEP) as outside people can't log on unless their computer is registered.

So it looks like you are stuck. Oh, by school I just assumed that you meant either High School, Junior High, or Mid-High School. Universities normally have some sort of login process in which you register your device with them. You have to type in your university e-mail address and password in order to register your device.

This is what confuses me. When I'm in the library (yes, this is a high school), I can connect to the wifi with no problem at all. There's also another building in the school where I can get connection to with no problem. Everywhere else, it doesn't work. I have no idea why
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I use my Touch on my college campus. All i had to do was go to the IT website of my school and register the MAC address of my ipod.
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Old 10-13-2007, 03:55 AM
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The IT lady in my school is super anal. I asked her to register my ipod, and all she said was "we don't do ipods". I asked why, and she just said "we don't do ipods", as if there was a problem with it before, but the fact is that no one had ever tried to register their ipod, so i dont know what her problem was
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her issue might be that she thinks you will download music think of that



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Old 10-13-2007, 06:58 AM
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This is what confuses me. When I'm in the library (yes, this is a high school), I can connect to the wifi with no problem at all. There's also another building in the school where I can get connection to with no problem. Everywhere else, it doesn't work. I have no idea why
Maybe because a library is a public area, such as for using laptops, so the connection in there is free for everyone to use.
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Old 10-13-2007, 11:37 AM
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Most schools will have some level of security (if they have a good IT) Most of them will require you to register the mac address of the device. this can be done 1 of 2 ways, with some automation process or requesting it from IT.

Another way is to protect the wireless is using some sort of wireless login/encryption. now days you will see WPA or WPA enterprise aka WPA2 used.

In most cases you should be able to get the iPod touch on a wireless network. you just might need to go though your IT to get the access needed.
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:41 PM
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It happened to me at local coffee shops offering free wifi. I asked the staff why mine could not be connected - they had no clue. There was two others customers - one using laptop and one using iPhone so I asked how they got in - one with laptop had no problem but the other with iPhone had the same issue - he was basically using free wifi from hospital located 1/4 mile away..... Strange.
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:33 PM
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hey im in the same position. my campus currently uses wep enterprise, which isn't supported by the touch yet. i assume your school uses the same wifi connection. it sucks but hopefully apple will update it so the touch can support the enterprise version of wifi...but until then we are sol
I do hope apple updates the touch so that it can support wep enterprise cause thats what my campus uses
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I do hope apple updates the touch so that it can support wep enterprise cause thats what my campus uses

WPA2 is wep enterprise
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