Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Limit what apps use GPRS Connection

Posted on 2006-11-23
6
Medium Priority
?
247 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
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
0
Comment
Question by:nzfire
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:upul007
ID: 18005830
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?

0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:nzfire
ID: 18006443
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...
0
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:upul007
ID: 18006611
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.
0
WatchGuard Case Study: NCR

With business operations for thousands of customers largely depending on the internal systems they support, NCR can’t afford to waste time or money on security products that are anything less than exceptional. That’s why they chose WatchGuard.

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:nzfire
ID: 18006742
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.
0
 
LVL 17

Accepted Solution

by:
upul007 earned 2000 total points
ID: 18006877
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.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:nzfire
ID: 18013522
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
0

Featured Post

[Webinar] Cloud and Mobile-First Strategy

Maybe you’ve fully adopted the cloud since the beginning. Or maybe you started with on-prem resources but are pursuing a “cloud and mobile first” strategy. Getting to that end state has its challenges. Discover how to build out a 100% cloud and mobile IT strategy in this webinar.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This subject  of securing wireless devices conjures up visions of your PC or mobile phone connecting to the Internet through some hotspot at Starbucks. But it is so much more than that. Let’s look at the facts: devices#sthash.eoFY7dic.
What monsters are hiding in your child's room? In this article I will share with you a tech horror story that could happen to anyone, along with some tips on how you can prevent it from happening to you.
This Micro Tutorial will show you how to maximize your wireless card to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230 wireless card on Windows 8 operating system.
Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…

971 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question