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#1 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 12:58 PM

I have set up a wireless router in an office, and everything works just fine. Any wireless user can just open their AOL software and be instantly surfing.

The problem/question here is concerning when the employees travel. When they are in wireless range either at the airport (NorthWest Airlines lounge) or at any major hotel (Sheraton, etc) they cannot just open AOL and be online. They must first open IE, and leave it open, then open AOL and they will be connected. If they shut down IE, they will be disconnected.

Can anyone explain this behaviour to me? Is this normal? Why?
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Posted 12 May 2006 - 06:28 PM

Yes, this is normal. The gateway they are using is utilizing some kind of proxy/content/rules based filtering. Essentualy they are blocking outgoing traffic that is not using HTTP or using some kind of useragent check for restricting by allowed clients for web access.

By opening IE, they are making a connection to the internet and then AOL is tunneling through that connection to get through the proxy. It is actually very frustrating for us that do maintain content filtering proxies that AOL is able to do this because we have to write special rules to filter the content that AOL can pull into your network through that tunnel.

Edited by ColdinCbus, 12 May 2006 - 06:32 PM.


#3 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 05:41 AM

Thank you very much!
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