23 Oct 2013, 02:26

Connecting to a captive portal on Glass

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Connecting to a captive portal on Glass

I figured out a work-around for wifi networks that have a specific type of captive portal. I’m actually at an Informal Glass Office Hours right now at the Hacker Dojo, who happen to have a captive portal. The Hacker Dojo’s wifi is set up such that you can connect to their network, then when you visit the Dojo’s web page, it redirects you to the captive portal, where all you need to do is click the ‘agree’ button. If your captive portal requires you to log in or type something, it won’t work.

If you happen to be at the Hacker Dojo, or a similar place where the captive portal is easy to reach, and only requires you to click an 'agree’ button, here are the steps to take:

  1. While tethered, or on your own connection, search for “hacker dojo”, make sure that the web page shows up in the results
  2. Connect to the wifi
  3. Visit the “hacker dojo” search results bundle, and open the hackerdojo.com card, then open webpage
  4. Scroll down to the ‘agree and continue’ button, and click it
  5. Profit!

Replace “hacker dojo” with whatever network you are trying to connect to. Some networks will redirect you from any page, so the initial search doesn’t matter as much. Hope this helps!

Update

The redirect should work for any non-HTTPS page. So, as long as you have a search result for an insecure page, you should be good to go. I didn’t realize that because Gmail, Google, G+ and Facebook are all HTTPS, and that’s where I usually start my browsing.

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