maemo.org Bugzilla – Full Text Bug Listing
|Summary:||connection to wlan with login page should launch browser|
|Product:||[Maemo Official Platform] Connectivity||Reporter:||Fredrik Wendt <fredrik>|
|Status:||RESOLVED WONTFIX||QA Contact:||networking-bugs|
|Priority:||Low||CC:||andre_klapper, bugs.maemo.org, ext-jason.rudd, maemo, maemo, timwatt2020|
SOFTWARE VERSION: Maemo 5 Version: 1.2009.42-11 EXACT STEPS LEADING TO PROBLEM: (Explain in detail what you do (e.g. tap on OK) and what you see (e.g. message Connection Failed appears)) 1. Tap the status area to open the status menu, select Internet connection 2. From the list of available connections, I choose a wlan (CSWLAN) 3. The applet icon starts flashing and after a few seconds settles EXPECTED OUTCOME: 4. A browser is launched, which is redirected to the network's login page (accessing any address will redirect the request to the login page) ACTUAL OUTCOME: 4. A bunch of error messages appear at the top of the screen, such as "Could not connect one or more accounts (ICQ, Jabber, MSN, ...)", "Exchange server is not responding" REPRODUCIBILITY: always EXTRA SOFTWARE INSTALLED: Some, but nothing from developer extra or anything that should affect this issue. OTHER COMMENTS: A friend of mine showed that his Nokia N97 perfectly handled this situation. I expected Maemo 5 to handle this as well. A workaround would be nice (such as listen to a dbus signal and launch the browser upon that), this is the company's WLAN so this happens to me at least twice every day (morning and after lunch).
(Definitely a nice idea, but I don't consider this a bug. Fixing severity.)
i'm voting for this reason, example: in finland the largest wifi network called Spark/OpenSpark has thousands of access points, especially in university cities. one needs to login through a browser window. this means that atm, if you've got the settings "switch to wlan when possible", you'll lose your connection when Spark network is available. so, either you have to disable the automatic switch to wlan network, or never use the Spark network (or delete it from the list after each time you use it).
Sounds like a nice feature, but the obvious question is how to detect such a captive portal?
i thought there was an app on the n810 that remembers login information so you diffident need to login through the browser. but i use hot spos more and more and this would be a good feature.
How to detect? A simple test would be: curl --follow --silent http://www.google.com/ | grep "<title>Google</title>" or preferably an URL of Maemo's. But I guess Nokia knows how to do this properly, (tcp-ping on port 80 and 443?) since it works flawlessly on N97. Yes. With public no-WEP/WPA hot spots (I use Telia/Sonera, which covers most parts of Sweden) that require logins (all universities that I know of, train stations, airports, ...) I think this should be prioritized. Especially since Nokia already have a solution to this particular problem for other handsets (non-Maemo).
On the N97 making a connection always opens the browser, unless you go to settings|connections dialogue, in which case the same behavior is exhibited as you describe here. You can replicate N97 behavior on Maemo by opening the browser to which will initiate the connection dialog, once connected the login page will show. The vast majority of WLAN users connect via a non hot spot APs and may not wish to have their browser open. However to make Maemo behave like the N97 simply create a web icon on the desktop and use that to initiate the connection, rather than the connection manager.
@ext-jason.rudd that wont work as a work around because the majority of the time the phone will be connected over the 2G/3G network already, so the web shortcut will just load fine over that. I couldn't even get said prompt by disconnecting from the 2G/3G network (via the main drop down menu. I guess you'd have to switch to 'always ask', which is not as nice an experience as what is possible on other devices.
As the majority of users will not be using hotspot most of the time and may not require a web page open upon connecting to an AP, changing to this method would be for the minority of users at the cost of the majority.
Then, would you please help pointing out the relevant dbus signal that is sent whenever a connection to the net is established. I'll be happy to write the 75 lines of python code needed to detect whether a HTTP request reaches it's final destination, or if there's a login page redirecting the request (and if so, fire up the browser, and perhaps vibrate and play a sound to alert the user of the need of his/her input/user interaction). @ext-jason.rudd: I disagree with you in how small the minority is. All universities I've been to (several in Sweden, Brussels, Berlin), train stations and airports, hotels and coffee shops (and McDonald's, ...) - all of them provide "free" internet access, provided you look at a start page that displays ads and a button saying "OK - I agreee with the rules now let me access the net" So, I disagree with how small the minority is that would appreciate this feature, but I understand/believe that there probably are other bugs that are more important. Plus, given a dbus signal (which should already be there), the community (or at least I) will be able to add something that will at least fire up a browser.
@Fredrik Wendt: Wonderful! This is what open source is all about, you should find all you need in libconic.
I wrote up a small hack that launches a browser whenever a connection is established to a known IAP name (such as a WLAN SSID). Could easily be modified to check contents of a specific URL and launch the browser only if the content is different from what you expected - ie captured by a login page/portal. http://wendt.se/blog/2010/04/25/python-maemo-wlan-browser/
The Maemo 5 User Interface and Maemo 5 platform components (e.g. libraries) used for the N900 are considered stable by Nokia and it seems that there are no plans for official updates currently, hence nobody plans to work on this enhancement/wishlist request. (And in case you feel like discussing this situation: Nokia Customer Care or http://talk.maemo.org would be the place to do so as you will not reach Nokia officials in this community bugtracker - though all of this is really no news.) Reflecting this status by setting RESOLVED WONTFIX for this enhancement/wishlist request (see https://bugs.maemo.org/page.cgi?id=fields.html#status for status explanations). There is a small chance for issues in those Maemo components that are open source: Contributed patches could be included and made available in the Maemo 5 Community CSSU updates. The Maemo CSSU project is run by a small team of volunteers; see http://wiki.maemo.org/CSSU for more information. So in case that you can provide a patch that fixes the reported problem, please feel encouraged to file a request under https://bugs.maemo.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Maemo%205%20Community%20SSU . Please note: The Maemo CSSU project is not related in any way to Nokia. ( Tag for mass-deleting bugmail: [cleanup20120324] )