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Limit what apps use GPRS Connection

Posted on 2006-11-23
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Hi All,

I am about to start writing an app in vb.net for gps tracking using gprs or cdma as my transport. Is there a way to allow only my app to use a connection. Otherwise XP will see a connection to the net and who knows what it would end up doing!! i.e downloading windows updates! That would send my bill thorough the roof.

So, any assistance in advising me or showing me how to do that would be greatly apreciated.

Thanks
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by:upul007
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Just unclear on something.

You have a pc with or without Internet connectivity.

You have a VB app on the pc which you want to test by connecting to the Internet using your GPRS enabled phone?

Is the above right?

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by:nzfire
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Yes, that is correct.

I don't have the app....I am about to start writing it.

My laptop has internet via my LAN both at home and at work.

Since my app would use a GPRS connection when I am disconnected from the lan, I only want that app to be able to access the internet.

Reason: there are so many apps these days that connect to the net to look for updates etc, such as win xp and antivirus.
When I am on gprs, i do not want to run up a huge bill, so I only want to allo my app access.

I hope that makes it a bit clearer...
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by:upul007
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I think you should use an emulator for this.

Windows Mobile
http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonlan/archive/2006/05/22/603348.aspx

S60 etc,.
http://forum.nokia.com/main/resources/technologies/browsing/tools_for_mobile_web_developers.html

Then after the application is finalised deploy on to a device.

Otherwise its a matter of disabling the applications that access the net, IE, Windows update etc before connecting to the web via mobile. You could use the XP firewall be reconfiguring it but if you are on a network, dont think thats a sound idea.
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by:nzfire
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Hi,

Thanks for the idea, but unfortunately, I will be deploying this app on an XP machine which will be connected to a LAN, however, when my vehicle is "on the road" i will connect via gprs or cdma, so at some point, I need to control access to the internet.
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Try and use a shareware software like iNET Protector at http://www.sharewareconnection.com/titles/restrict.htm to see if you can set it up to stop all other applications from accessing the internet when you dont want them to.
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by:nzfire
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I'll look at doing that, but I shall leave this question up for a while.

It would be nice not to rely on 3rd party apps, especially if I decide later on to release my software to other users.

thanks
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