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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones iOS devices
iPhone 3.0 contains a log-in overlay that makes logging into many WiFi hotspots easier. Unfortunately, the implementation makes logging into some WiFi hotspots impossible. When you connect to a WiFi network, the iPhone tries to connect to www.apple.com. If the hotspot uses a captive portal (meaning that apple.com would redirect to the captive portal), the iPhone launches a WebSheet that loads the captive portal, which usually allows you to log into the network.

On some networks, however, the captive portal page may not provide a way to login. In my case, the page simply provides instructions saying that I need to connect to the VPN to access the Internet. There's no apparently way to exit the HotSpot login without also disconnecting from the WiFi network, which makes it impossible to connect to my VPN.

If you have a jailbroken phone, a workaround to disable the login is to edit /etc/hosts (using a text editor such as nano) and add this line:
0.0.0.0 www.apple.com
This makes connecting to www.apple.com return an error, and thus prevents the HotSpot login from taking over. If you connect to a network that does uses a captive portal login, you can still login using Safari, as in previous OS versions.

Of course, this also makes it impossible to access www.apple.com, but for me that's better than not accessing anything at all.
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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: olsen on Jun 23, '09 08:54:15AM

You should file a bug report, so that Apple can fix that issue!

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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: belisle on Jun 23, '09 10:36:03PM

That was the second thing I did, after first establishing that the Internet did not appear to have a workaround yet.



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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: circc on Jun 23, '09 09:33:04AM

Thanks for this! You solved the mystery for me why I couldn't connect to my favorite lunch spot's wifi today. They also use a portal page without a form on it.

While your hint is a good enough workaround for jailbroken iphones, Apple certainly needs to fix this for all the others.



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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: tallackn on Jun 23, '09 06:21:03PM

For those who have not jailbroken, or those who have and simply want another way, what you can do is simply manually add the wireless network through the "Other..." option on your Wi-Fi networks screen.

Pop in the SSID there, with the security set to none, and that will join the network without trying to verify if it is a hotspot or not.

Watch that SSID people, it is case sensitive. :)



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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: belisle on Jun 23, '09 10:41:03PM
+1 for you. I'll have to give it a shot. Although I don't foresee needing to access www.apple.com in the near future, I do worry that if www.apple.com was hardcoded for this, it might be hardcoded somewhere else too.

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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: belisle on Jun 24, '09 02:06:08PM

That stills brings up the login WebSheet for me, after an inconsistent delay before the WiFi connection shows up in the status bar.



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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: fredfred on Jul 22, '09 06:25:19PM

This is an issue that I have had to deal with at my institution's hotspot. My experience is that manually entering the network name doesn't always work...

I have had success with this technique with an iPhone 3G and an iPod Touch 2nd generation but NOT with an iPod Touch 1st generation. This is particulary frustrating because the 1st gen Touch is mine...

Apple really does need to fix this.



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Disable iPhone 3.0 Hotspot login on jailbroken iPhones
Authored by: trinnis on Feb 06, '10 03:35:18PM

IN NEED OF HELP. i donwloaded Nano and now i dont know what to do i also donwload moibleterminal but dont wanna mess up my 2g iphone. where do i input that 0.0.0.0 apple.com thingyy lol.



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