Looking at tcpdump, whenever I made a request I saw that all I got was a redirect to http://nullroute (obviously, a non-existent host). I saw a number of other people online, so I am wondering if maybe there is a capacity restriction in effect here in the Qantas WiFi network? And if 'too many' people are online, maybe they will null-route any additional attempts to connect? If that is the case, they could have just displayed a nice message to that effect, rather than the redirect. An informative page would have worked better.
Does anyone else have any experience with similar restrictions in public or semi-public hotspots?
What good is free WiFi when it won't let you connect? In the end, I just connected to the overpriced Airport Hotspot network. Sigh...
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Comment by cokemaster, on 6-Apr-2008 17:22
Hotspots, in my opinion are just like payphones. Neat to use if you have one, but when using local mobile broadband - give me mobile data anyday.
Comment by freitasm, on 6-Apr-2008 17:40
The Air NZ Koru lounge network blocks access to Twitter. They show a message "This site is not work related. Click Yes to visit it anyway for work related stuff"...
You guessed right - you click Yes and nothing happens. For me Twitter is something work related. I make appointments and discuss things on-line all the time.
I think the free Wi-Fi in the Air NZ Koru lounge uses the same routers/filters/proxies that Air NZ applies to the entire company...
Comment by PenultimateHop, on 6-Apr-2008 19:45
The BlueSocket captive portal at QF AKL often has odd issues. Was the 302 really to "nullroute" or was it to 184.108.40.206 (or some other odd looking IP)?
The QF WiFi in Australia is provided by Telstra, and is almost constantly screwed in some way or another -- either insufficient bandwidth, or insufficient IPs in the DHCP pool, or dropping association every 10 or so minutes.