An access pin is being requested on Free Wi-Fi

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Cisco Routers
WAP Switches
Why am I getting a message that says I need to enter the PIN for Cisco Small Business WAP4410N on SMN Free WAP? If it's free there shouldn't be a PIN, should there? How do I get past this block?

Software/Hardware used:
Intel Core 2 on Windows XP

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Are you sure you are connecting to the correct WAP? Because you maybe connecting to a rogue WAP that is asking for a PIN. If you are sure that it is the correct WAP, and it is still asking for a PIN, I would ask the administrator, because obviously, it is not free.

You also might want to try a IP release then renew to get an IP from the WAP and see if that works, but my guess is that you are catching a rogue system.

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  • petkoa
    Just two comments - service can be free, but not public and not unprotected... And I believe that rogue AP better would be unprotected!
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  • Vinodh02
    I think the service he is trying is a free secured network :) If you are aware of the service then sure u would get the pin, this is asked to you for the purpose of authorization. if u provide for the first time u may not be asked later.
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  • Sixball
    Agreee totally that even though its free, it can still be protected from "unauthorized" access - some Hotels / Businesses provide such connections You would need to get the Key (PIN) from the proprietor of the Wifi...
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