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September 24, 2008

Blue Socket App for iPhone/iPod Touch

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Following positive reviews from fellow ITS folks, and of course the endless guff on the internet about them, I recently caved and bought an iPhone 3G (which is great - bar the battery life). One of the things I was immediately interested in resolving was the need to sign into our Bluesocket wireless system through Safari every time I enabled WiFi.

A colleague here in ITS suggested I should use the built in VPN support - but I had tried that and it didn't want to play for me. I think that was something I was doing wrong though as it works ok for him.

An alternative solution presented itself in the form of a £1.19 application on the Application Store just called 'Blue Socket' - a standalone app which retains your username & password in the Preferences section. You just load it and it signs you in to the Bluesocket system automatically - then you're free to get surfing. 

I ran into some problems with it initially but it was the outstanding support from the developer that made me feel duty bound to come and plug the application as he worked with me over the period of a week, sending me new beta builds until we got it to work properly on our system. The new build should be going on to the app store in a week or so.. it's definately a useful little application! 

His website (with more information) is linked up above.

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