Original Title: 8.1 discriminating between wifi
My 8.1 Acer laptop provides internet access via the wifi signal from my Asus router. I am using that wifi connection to submit this question. I am not trying to establish a wifi connection, I already have one. I just want an xfinitywifi connection using 8.1.
My old Vista laptop provides internet access via the same router wifi signal and also via the neighbourhood xfinitywifi signal.
However, 8.1 does not provide internet access via the public xfinitywifi signal. So 8.1 makes a distinction between the router wifi and the public xfinitywifi hotspot signal from Comcast. The xfinitywifi icon has an exclamation mark against it unlike the router wifi icon.
When connecting to xfinitywifi, sometimes there is a message that the connection is limited, or that the connection is taking longer than usual, but it usually does end up saying "connected" However, there is no internet access from the alleged connection. Windows troubleshooter sometimes finds nothing, other times says "DNS server is not responding" or "Windows can't communicate with the device or resource (primary DNS server)".
Hours of searching on the internet has found no answer. Comcast and Acer have no clue as to how or why 8.1 does this or how to solve the problem..
Does anyone at Microsoft have a clue?