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Capture all Web Requests and Direct To Local Web Server

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Hi all,

I am in the process of creating a web based system for visitors to browse images - any visitor can connect to a wireless network whose DHCP addresses are given out by our server (Win2K3) - this same server hosting the web based application.  At present, if a visitor types in the IP address of the server, the application is displayed ( i.e. 192.168.16.2) - I'd like to be able to direct ANY HTTP request to this web application to simplify things for the visitor.  I know it can be done as many airports use this system for providing an interface with which to purchase they wifi service - you connect to the wifi, get issued an IP address but anything you enter in the address box takes you to their page.

Any ideas anyone?

Thanks!

Bob
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sounds like a "captive portal" (at least the airport part - not sure about your other plans).

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_portal. At the end of the page you'll find some links to captive portal software.

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Hi kukno,

Thanks for your swift response.

It is sort of a captive portal, although I'm not too worried about capturing any ports other than 80.  I'm not trying to lock down clients internet access - if they connect to our app servers wifi network, there isn't any internet access anyway - I just want to 'show them the way' rather than having to explain over and over again what IP address to type in.

I was hoping - as I'm controlling the DNS server, DHCP server, IIS AND wireless that I could do it without any third party software?  Some sort of 'uber wildcard' in the DNS?

Thanks again

Bob
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>Some sort of 'uber wildcard' in the DNS?

not with standard microsoft components ;-) I'm afraid, but I think will need a third party software for this.


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