You sit in a cozy coffee place and you just finished your coffee. You are still not connected to the WiFi while the MacBooks and Surface devices around you have sent and received Gigabytes of data since you sat down. You are a Linux user.

What are Captive Portals?

Captive portals are those web pages that magically open once you connect to some public WiFi. Sometimes you have to fill in your Email address or phone number to receive a code, but often you just have to confirm some terms of services.

On Linux they don’t work reliably, which is extra frustrating because you know that you are one click away from having an internet connection.

This is a collection of links that you can try manually to land on those captive portals.

  • http://www.gstatic.com/generate_204 works in Starbucks