iTunes at Starbucks: how?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by dubbs, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. dubbs

    dubbs Guest

    Two questions:

    1. How difficult is it to setup a router (preferably a cheapo from
    Radio Shack) to restrict all users' access to a single site? For
    instance they can go anywhere on the domain, click on any of
    those stories, but can't leave that one site?

    Shouldn't be that difficult I suppose. Block all ports but 80, then
    configure some other setting within the router's GUI. Are any routers
    better at achieving this than others? I've done some (very) basic
    routing on a linux box before, but I'd rather not lug around a whole
    computer (we move around a lot) when I could slip a little netgear or
    linksys number right into my backpack.

    2. Hearing about the Starbucks model sort of got me thinking about
    this. Does anyone know how t-mobile has setup their equipment inside

    My hypothosis, which I'm sure is wrong, is that when the TM router
    detects an iphone (maybe my MAC address range?) it opens whatever port
    itunes operates on, and allows the iphone to access,
    which is I believe is itunes' music server. So, instead of being
    directed (exclusively) to the t-mobile registration page, an iphone is
    directed to the URL of that specific song being played in Starbucks.
    When a laptop is detected, it just sends you to t-mobile's
    registration page, blocking all other ports. How far off am I?
    dubbs, Dec 4, 2007
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  2. dubbs

    miso Guest

    I have a blackberry 8320. It just connects to the t-mobile hotspot. I
    never see a sign on page. Since the mac can be spoofed, I suspect the
    security checks much deeper into the phone hardware.
    miso, Dec 5, 2007
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  3. dubbs

    miso Guest

    I took a look at the itunes/starbucks page, and now understand the
    question, so I think my comment is not all that relevant

    As a side note, not many people realize that if you had blackberry
    internet service with t-mobile, the hotspot service is now thrown in
    as part of the package. That is, you can use the phone over EDGE or
    wifi, and even UMA from a hotspot.

    The use of UMA sort of throws a monkey wrench into the e911 plan.
    miso, Dec 5, 2007
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