No login for public WIFI

Hey all, been using Manjaro for about 6 months, switched from Debian, and really enjoying it. The only issue I’ve encountered so far is I can’t seem to join public networks, like libraries and hotels. I’m staying at a hotel at the moment for a conference, and have had the same problem. I can connect to the network fine, but if I try to browse to a web page no login screen appears, the page just hangs infinitely. I’m using Brave (old habit from when I was using Windows in the past that’s hard to break), but have the same issue with firefox as well… any suggestions on how to fix the problem, or a work around to manually access a login page…?

Did you set up a manual DNS?

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Nope, I didn’t.

What “login screen”? Are you referring to a captive portal?

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Yes, by login screen I mean captive portal.

You might be able to infer the direct address to it.

It could be the gateway address (which you can find with the command ip address or your GUI network manager.)

So for example, or such. Though the port number might not be port 80. It might also be https instead.

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Success! But I ended up using ip route to find the correct address, and http was sufficient. The help is very much appreciated :slight_smile:

Work around aside, I’m just wondering what is causing this issue, as I don’t think I’m quite ready to mark this issue as solved, because I’m not clear on the cause, is this a bug or a feature?

It’s a mish-mash of non-standards.

Different software on different devices may or may not play nice with different captive portals.

For example, I live near a local café that uses a captive portal that has been giving customers issues if they use Windows 11. Yet it works fine on Windows 10, and yes, even Manjaro Linux. Go figure. Anyone’s guess. :person_shrugging:

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