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Log into (USB) tethered network - site unaccessible in Fedora

asked 2017-09-13 17:21:25 +0000

lorbas gravatar image

I connect to the internet through an android phone that uses a subscriber identity module (SIM) card from a carrier that offers free internet @512kbps and where one has to type CATPCHA every hour of connection. The thing is I cannot access its website on Fedora ( http://bdi.free.aero2.net.pl:8080 ) that is hosted on the smartphone presumably by the SIM and have to access it on the smartphone itself which isn't great and why I even bother is that I remember it working just fine with the raspberry pi's raspbian and probably some other distro on the desktop, but I don't remember details.

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What happens when you try to access that website?

Samuel Sieb ( 2017-09-13 18:51:22 +0000 )edit

It tries to connect for few minutes and then times out. ERRCONNECTIONTIMED_OUT

lorbas ( 2017-09-13 19:08:44 +0000 )edit

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answered 2017-09-13 20:21:09 +0000

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Try connecting to http://10.2.37.78:8080 (the IP address of bdi.free.aero2.net.pl).

Phone uses DNS servers provided by aero, so it doesn't have any issues with looking up IP of bdi.free.aero2.net.pl. Tethered devices' DNS requests are redirected to DNS servers that are not reachable until correct CAPTCHA is provided, so you cannot load the CAPTCHA...

The solution is to either use http://10.2.37.78:8080 address to access CAPTCHA or change DNS servers, on hotspot or individually on every connected device, to 212.2.96.51 and 212.2.96.52.

I've found those DNS servers on this page, from what I see they belong to Plus and are legit.

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I see this answer is marked as correct, but did it actually solve the problem? That seems unlikely given that the problem is a timeout, not a failure to resolve. Also, it's likely that the phone proxies the DNS requests, so they would go to the right place anyway.

Samuel Sieb ( 2017-09-13 21:14:47 +0000 )edit

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