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    Amazon Kindle

    Quick question: Do Kindles work through proxy servers? Has anyone actually used them?

    Our library are after some but I need to confirm if they'll be able to access the internet in school first!

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    If not, what I've done for some non-proxy equipment is set up a transparent proxy using smoothwall express then just set the IP gateway to the smoothwall. So far works ok.

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    They don't support enterprise wireless either ie. WPA-Enterprise so don't assume you will be able to join your school network.
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    Haven't seen a proxy option anywhere on mine so far

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    Nope no proxy support in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    If not, what I've done for some non-proxy equipment is set up a transparent proxy using smoothwall express then just set the IP gateway to the smoothwall. So far works ok.
    Giving this a go now with an e-pad

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyRidal View Post
    Giving this a go now with an e-pad
    Right, I've set smoothwall up on a VM, ticked the "transparent" option and it's working (via windows and ubuntu) if I tell the machines where it is in the proxy settings. What do I need to do to make it work with no proxy settings?

    do I set the "default gateway" in the network settings to point to it? (that doesn't seem to work)
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    Would this work for my Android phone?

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    I'll let you know if I get it working on the e-pad! that's android 2.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Would this work for my Android phone?
    In theory. As long as you can change you IP settings some how (either locally or via DHCP) so the gateway points to your transparent proxy which in turn has your RBC proxy set as the upstream proxy.

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    dunno if this helps but there is an http proxy app on the Android market. I guess when I get it set up I put the IP address of my smoothwall box in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyRidal View Post
    Right, I've set smoothwall up on a VM, ticked the "transparent" option and it's working (via windows and ubuntu) if I tell the machines where it is in the proxy settings. What do I need to do to make it work with no proxy settings?

    do I set the "default gateway" in the network settings to point to it? (that doesn't seem to work)
    What I did was, set up smoothwall express (I used a physical machine but it shouldn't make a difference). I then set my RBC proxy in the upstream proxy setting (on the smoothwall) and ticked transparent. Then on the device (Tested on a laptop just now) set my IP settings gateway to the ip of the smoothwall.

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    Well, that's working now (tried on a physical machine instead - less to go wrong) so the Kindles should now be ok in school not an unnaceptable security hole either as you'd need (1) access to the network settings (which the pupils don't have) and (2) knowledge of what the IP settings need to be (which they won't). And anyway it's only upstreaming to the RBC filtered feed.

    Chuffed as.
    Now... the E-Pad....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyRidal View Post
    Well, that's working now (tried on a physical machine instead - less to go wrong) so the Kindles should now be ok in school not an unnaceptable security hole either as you'd need (1) access to the network settings (which the pupils don't have) and (2) knowledge of what the IP settings need to be (which they won't). And anyway it's only upstreaming to the RBC filtered feed.

    Chuffed as.
    Now... the E-Pad....
    I don't really see it as a security hole at all as like you said it goes out to the main RBC filter which it would do anyway. I've also found this method useful so staff don't have to mess around with proxy settings if they take their laptop home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Would this work for my Android phone?
    Yes! see this thread for a fuller description:Smoothwall Express - Have I got this right?



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