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ironjohn



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:42 pm    Post subject: Free wifi not available for Apple? Reply with quote

Okay, so I'm curious about this. I went to a Homeplus the other day. After shopping I was planning to do some work on my laptop in one of the cafes.

I checked to see if there was wifi by pulling out my Android phone. Homeplus free wifi, strong signal. But when I checked on my iBook, it couldn't detect the same hotspot.

I figured maybe my mac was too old, or not configured correctly. But then I realized that Homeplus is run by Samsung-Tesco, and maybe they somehow blocked the wifi from being detected by Apple products. Curious if this possible?
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:58 am    Post subject: Re: Free wifi not available for Apple? Reply with quote

ironjohn wrote:
Okay, so I'm curious about this. I went to a Homeplus the other day. After shopping I was planning to do some work on my laptop in one of the cafes.

I checked to see if there was wifi by pulling out my Android phone. Homeplus free wifi, strong signal. But when I checked on my iBook, it couldn't detect the same hotspot.

I figured maybe my mac was too old, or not configured correctly. But then I realized that Homeplus is run by Samsung-Tesco, and maybe they somehow blocked the wifi from being detected by Apple products. Curious if this possible?


Nope. IEEE 802.11 can't tell what the machine is and doesn't care.

Either you have a dead wifi on your iBook or it was not configured properly (wifi turned off/disabled).

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ironjohn



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dunno, the wifi works on the ibook, and I could detect all the other hotspots except the Homeplus one.

Just out of curiosity I did some research and one thread said it is possible to block certain manufacturers by using Media Access Control (MAC) address filtering, because "the first 6 bytes of a MAC address designates who manufactured said device."

http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-944251.html

If (Tesco-Samsung) Homeplus is actually doing this, it wouldn't surprise me at all.
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tatertot



Joined: 21 Oct 2008

PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ironjohn wrote:
I dunno, the wifi works on the ibook, and I could detect all the other hotspots except the Homeplus one.

Just out of curiosity I did some research and one thread said it is possible to block certain manufacturers by using Media Access Control (MAC) address filtering, because "the first 6 bytes of a MAC address designates who manufactured said device."

http://forums.macrumors.com/archive/index.php/t-944251.html

If (Tesco-Samsung) Homeplus is actually doing this, it wouldn't surprise me at all.

I don't think you understood that correctly. The "device" you referred to is the NIC, not the whole computer. Apple doesn't manufacture any "devices" in that sense. Those manufacturers would be Broadcom or Intel or ... I can't remember the other famous NIC company right now. It doesn't refer to Apple, though.
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ironjohn



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, I see. Yeah, I'm probably looking for a conspiracy that's not there. Maybe the wifi signal was just too weak or something. Thanks for the responses.
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