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Postby shamrock365 » Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:56 pm

Hi,

Was just wondering, how HotSpots recognise a login? Are they MAC address based or cookie based? Maybe a flavour of both? I'm just a doing a little research into router used by Eircom in Ireland for there HotSpots.

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Postby Thorn » Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:52 pm

I'm assuming that you're referring to a captive portal type HotSpot.

Usually, it's MAC based. The MAC is placed in database and marked as being valid or expired depending on the time allowed and (if required) validated payment, etc.

Here's a good explanation: How Wi-Fi hotspots force you to log in - Network World
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Postby brwrdrvr » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:21 pm

Thorn wrote:I'm assuming that you're referring to a captive portal type HotSpot.

Usually, it's MAC based. The MAC is placed in database and marked as being valid or expired depending on the time allowed and (if required) validated payment, etc.

Here's a good explanation: How Wi-Fi hotspots force you to log in - Network World


This thread gave me an idea. Now let's see. What would the wife have to barter for internet access? :D
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Postby Barry » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:40 pm

brwrdrvr wrote:This thread gave me an idea. Now let's see. What would the wife have to barter for internet access? :D


The ability for you to continue sleeping in your own bed? :cool:
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Postby streaker69 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:40 pm

Barry wrote:The ability for you to continue sleeping in your own bed? :cool:


...and the chance to see her naked sometime before you're blind from extreme old age?
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Postby brwrdrvr » Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:15 pm

You all are probably right about it all. :)
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