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 From:  "Mitch \(WebCob\)" <mitch at webcob dot com>
 To:  "David Cook" <david dot cook at jetpress dot com>, m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] captive portal support - patent problem?
 Date:  Tue, 27 Jan 2004 09:01:19 -0800
The guys at nocat.net would probably know (prior art)...

wonder how long they have been at it?

m/

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Cook [mailto:david dot cook at jetpress dot com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 5:39 AM
> To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
> Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] captive portal support - patent problem?
>
>
> Could this be a problem? Article appeared on "The Register" this morning
> (http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/59/35138.html).
>
> Press release from Nomadix:
> http://www.nomadix.com/company/pressroom/pressrelease.asp?id=PR01200401
>
> ------------------------------------------
>
> Nomadix patents Wi-Fi hotspot log-in tech
>
> By Tony Smith
> Posted: 27/01/2004 at 12:16 GMT
>
> Wi-Fi providers who redirect users' web browsers to their own log-in page
> may soon have to cough up cash if they want to continue using the
> technique
> - US network access software company Nomadix has patented it.
>
> The patent, number 6,636,894, was granted on 21 October last year, but is
> applicable right back to 8 December 1999. It essentially describes systems
> that redirects portable-computer users who access a public network to the
> host's home page, irrespective of the user's browser settings and
> transparent to the user. The systems cover both wired and
> wireless access.
>
> It also discusses the authentication and authorisation system
> that maintains
> user accounts and interacts with the billing system when network access is
> not provided free of charge.
>
> Almost all public Wi-Fi networks - and pretty much every one of them that
> charge users for access - operate such a methodology. No wonder Nomadix
> describes the technique as "fundamentally essential to the success of the
> rapidly growing Wi-Fi market".
>
> Nomadix customers will inherently have a licence to use the technique, but
> WISPs who have developed their own redirection code, or have acquired it
> from other companies, will need to ensure they have permission to use it.
>
> Nomadix will certainly be expecting them to. "Some [companies] copied what
> we've done," said Nomadix CTO, co-founder and senior VP, Joel Short,
> according to a Wi-Fi Networking News report. "We stand behind our
> intellectual property and now we're going to encourage those folks who

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