This seems to affect many public Wifi Hotspots. A very common example is
the new setup by Starbucks/Google (usually seen as **Google Starbucks
Wifi**) in the US by (Tech behind it is https://globalreachtech.com/
with their http://odyssys.net/).
Under Ubuntu 16.04, Windows, Android, Mac OS, or iPhone, a WiFi guest
user can connect without problem. However, since upgrading to Ubuntu
18.04, I've encountered this in at least three separate Starbucks stores
in Southern California.
## WORKAROUND ##
An easier workaround, with fewer system modifications than the original
bug report is to use `ip route` to determine the IP address of the host
router, then add the hostname with that adress to `/etc/hosts`
Step by step details can be found here: https://askubuntu.com/a/1027605/139249
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DNS cannot be resolved in Public / Hotel / Starbucks WiFi Hotspot
Status in systemd package in Ubuntu:
I was asked to create a new bug for this in
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/systemd/+bug/1727237 as it
seems to be a different issue.
I have installed the nightly image of Kubuntu Bionic from 25th of
There systemd is in version 237-3ubuntu10.
When connecting to the wifi hotspot in my hotel (Quality Hotel
Augsburg) I cannot open the hotspot landing page that should give me
access to the WIFI. With Windows and on an Iphone it's working.
For the following distributions I can confirm it not working:
Kubuntu 18.04 (nightly image 25th of April 2018)
The logs were taken on 18.04.
sudo systemctl disable systemd-resolved.service
sudo service systemd-resolved stop
sudo rm /etc/resolv.conf
sudo nano /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf
>> add "dns=default" under [main]
sudo service network-manager restart
Then I can connect to the WIFI and I see the login page in Firefox.
To capture some data I did the following:
- connect to Hotspot
- enter golem.de
Case 1: Fresh default Kubuntu install
With a default Kubuntu install it does not work. I can connect to the WIFI
and get IP and DNS from DHCP but I cannot resolve any hostname. When trying to
open the router ip directly in the browser it forwards to hotsplots.de which
cannot be resolved.
Case 2: With aforementioned Workaround
I connect to the wifi, I open firefox and the login page shows up (if I
havent been connected yet. In the capture I already was able to connect to the
hotspot which allows immediately to connect to the webpage)
PS: I'll be in this hotel till Friday 27th if more information are
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