Help! My browser isn't connecting to public WiFi!
Have you ever been to a coffee shop and tried connecting to the public WiFi only to find out that your browser isn’t automatically opening up the router login page? These situations suck and happen far too often with all of us. I recently got a new Linux based machine and Firefox wasn’t successfully detecting the hotspot access page.
It was telling me that there was an SSL error but even non-https websites were not getting redirected to the router login page.
Methods I tried
I then tried an old and tested method of opening up nonhttps.com but that too failed. Firefox just did not want me to use the internet that day (or maybe it was PopOS?). Next, I tried different variations of typical router management IP addresses:
localhost but these too were failing. I hopped on the internet and found out another solution.
The solution was fairly easy. Open up your terminal and type
Kernel IP routing table Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface default _gateway 0.0.0.0 UG 600 0 0 wlp0s20f3 188.8.131.52 0.0.0.0 255.255.128.0 U 600 0 0 wlp0s20f3
This command provides you details about the IP routing table in your system. This told me that the access point’s gateway is accessible at
_gateway. I opened it in Firefox and lo and behold the login page opened. Then I just had to click
So if you ever find yourself in a similar situation just use the
route command to find the access page.