Nicholas Nicholas - 6 months ago 45
Android Question

Android - Detect if Wifi Requires Browser Login

My university has an open wifi access point, however it requires you to enter your e-mail before it allows you to use the web. My problem is that the Wifi is stupid in that it seems to drop my connection and force me to enter my e-mail again every 10 minutes.

I wanted to create my own app that I can use to automatically do this step for me, but I cannot seem to find any documentation for a nice and easy way to detect if a Wifi access point has a browser login page. Is there a way in Android to get this information, or is it just to see if my connection to something is always redirected to 1.1.1.1?

Answer

See the "Handling Network Sign-On" section of the HttpUrlConnection documentation:

Some Wi-Fi networks block Internet access until the user clicks through a sign-on page. Such sign-on pages are typically presented by using HTTP redirects. You can use getURL() to test if your connection has been unexpectedly redirected. This check is not valid until after the response headers have been received, which you can trigger by calling getHeaderFields() or getInputStream().

They have a snippet of sample code there. Whether this will cover your particular WiFi AP, I can't say, but it is worth a shot.

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