How does the INTERNET work?
what I want...what I really really want is to have a wireless network that is seen by everyone and can be connected to either with or without a passkey, that on first attempt to gain internet access a login screen is presented which requests username and password - which is authenticated against active directory credentials - and if corrrect ones given - internet access is granted. This should work no matter which device the end-user is using, no matter what OS or browser is being used for internet access.
So in asking the question "How does the INTERNET work?" What I am really quizzing is how does a browser KNOW how to route itself out through a particular network to get internet access.
Our establishment is on the SWGfL and we use an on-site "smartcache" for caching and filtering purposes - the RM smartcache is using Active Directory authentication to identify users and computers. It also acts as a proxy listening on port 8080. It's IP address is NOT our default gateway.
Currently fixed devices on the network have their IE settings for proxy server (LAN settings) pushed down via a GPO which sets it to the IP address of the smartcache and the correct port no.
At home I do not have to configure IE at all - once I'm connected to my wireless router it just works.
Is it possible to have what I want?
Can someone explain to me......how DOES the internet work?