Why my college WiFi connects to laptop but not to phone?

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asked Sep 24, 2015 in General by Sarf Raaz (610 points)  
I'm doing MBA in a reputed college. I have low knowledge about technology and computers. In my college they have provided a free laptops for every students. There is a free WiFi or all students and we connect our laptops to internet and browser. However, when I connect my smartphone (iPhone) to the same WiFi network, it connects but internet doesn't works. Device shows connected (saved) and no internet. Is it possible to give internet only to laptops and not phones? Any solutions to fix it?


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answered Feb 23, 2016 by Shaikhhashim2 (460 points)  
you college has set a mac block (which block the mobile phone to connect to the wifi) .

Due to you are unable to access the internet on your mobile phone.
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answered Mar 14, 2016 by Trainer (140 points)  


As mentioned by  Shaikhhashim2 in earlier answer it could be the MAC based authentication. Your college has given the laptops and they might be using mac address based authentication . MAC address is unique identifier of your device ( here the laptop's wireless card's MAC ID). But in my opinion if you have mac based authentication then your laptop will/may not get IP address. 

There is one other method of authentication where access is given based on OS of device  e.g only windows 8/10 devices are allowed.

Please check if your laptops's browser is configured to use proxy server. If yes, try to put same setting in your phone too.




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answered Mar 14, 2016 by Kunal  

Same thing use to happen to my friend in his college. Your mobile is able to connect to the Wifi but internet does not work because in many colleges, the apps are blocked and therefore you are not able to use WIFI in your mobile.

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