Get a free quote now

Login Script to automatically connect to your Asianet Dataline Internet connection

December 12, 2009 - 04:43

Asianet Dataline is an ISP in Kerala and they use a web browser based authentication system to log the user onto their network. One of their most popular plans the - Homenet 475 offers free unlimited downloads from 2AM to 8AM. Now if there was a way to turn on your system at 2AM, automatically login to Asianet and turn your download manager on and then shutdown at 8AM it would have been perfect. The only problem is that the http based authentication system makes it a bit unwieldy to automate. Well not really :-). We have created a bash script to automate this login process.

Features

- Automatically connect to Asianet Dataline without having to sign in via the browser.
- In startup and free mode the script will keep the connection alive.
- The script will automatically reconnect if connection breaks because of a power failure or a line problem.
- In free mode the script will call any related startup and shutdown scripts placed inside the ~/.auto-login/startup and ~/.auto-login/shutdown folders.

Setup Instructions

a) Copy script to your favorite scripts folder.
b) Edit script to update username and password with your Asianet login information.
c) Add script to your startup process. See different ways of using the script below to know more.
d) If you want to start and stop other applications at the time of starting the script then create a folder ~/.auto-login and inside that create sub-folders startup and shutdown. Place other scripts that have to be called during startup and shutdown of this script into the respective folders. Make sure that these scripts have their executable bit set.

Different ways of using the script

1) Add a shortcut to your task bar to launch the script with the parameter "auto". Use this shortcut to start the connection with one click and stop the connection with one click. Remember that the connection will time out if there is no activity. But that should not be a problem because you can connect again with a single click.
2) Add the script to your startup process with parameter "startup". This will keep the script running in the background and the script will keep the connection alive with keep-alive requests.
3) Add the script to your startup process with parameter "free". This will keep the script running in the background and the script will connect only during the free download hours and then it will keep the connection alive with keep-alive requests until the free time ends. When free time ends it will disconnect the connection. In this mode the script will also run any related startup and shutdown scripts placed inside the ~/.auto-login/startup and ~/.auto-login/shutdown folders.

The script is available at http://www.zyxware.com/software/utilities/asianet-auto-login.v.1.0.tar.gz
The latest source can be downloaded from http://github.com/anoopjohn/Asianet-Auto-Login-Script

If there are issues with the script please use the github issue queue at http://github.com/anoopjohn/Asianet-Auto-Login-Script/issues

Post your comments / questions

Thank you very much for this. Works great.

Btw I had to add a --no-check-certificate option in the following line for it get the login URL. :)

asianet_conn_url=`wget --quiet --no-check-certificate -O - www.zyxware.com|grep 'action='|sed 's/\(.*action="\)\(.*\)">/\2/g'`

Changes duly made in git repo and credit given.

Anoop

Sir,
Where is this "Favorite Scripts Folder"
How Can I Copy A Script ie In Text Form To A Folde?
Is Favorite Script Folder an attachment Of Internet Explorer Browser ?
Please Tell Me About "START UP PROCESS"
Can You Plese Explain What Should I Do Step By Step Considering Me As A Beginer.

Hi,
I see the script. Can I use this script in Windows? If yes, please tell me the complete procedure to use this script in windows using the browser IE.

Thanks

Jimmy

Thank you very much for this. Works great.
But I cant logout after use

Please help me on how to do this for Windows 7.......

Sir,
My net connection (CN27964) has been disrupted for the last TWO WEEKS. I have been complaining daily to the authorities but in vain. The phone charges (for complaining) alone equals my monthly rent for the Internet. Whom shall I contact to restore my Asianet net connection?

regards-Suresh Kumar, Kochi

Ph-9562263748

I've been using the login script for about a year now and it's working great. :)

I have a fully unattended system at home which would automatically login at 2 AM, start the downloads and then logout at 8 AM and is working fine. But I want to replace my current Intel Atom box with a Seagate Dockstar which doesn't have a RTC so it's difficult to make it login at the correct time, and I don't want it to accidently start downloading at the wrong time. ;)

I can see that your script logs in for about 5 minutes for the ntp to synchronise the time, but it doesn't really make sure that the time is updated (am I right? )

So will you please tell me how to make sure that the time is updated correctly and if and only then, run the startup scripts? I can configure ntpdate to run every 5 minutes but then for some reason if it fails to update the time and starts downloading, it will be a big problem.

Thanks once again. :)

Could you please Elaborate more in details?? Please let me know how to add the script to startup?

Hi Anoop,

I have beenusing the auto login script in my ubuntu machine for some time.

However recently since the asianet login site has gone through some change and the tool is no longer working...
The username password are correct.

Please help..

regards
Kiran

Hi Anoop,

I have beenusing the auto login script in my ubuntu machine for some time.

However recently since the asianet login site has gone through some change and the tool is no longer working...
The username password are correct.

Please help..

regards
Kiran

Hi Anoop,

I have beenusing the auto login script in my ubuntu machine for some time.

However recently since the asianet login site has gone through some change and the tool is no longer working...
The username password are correct.

Please help..

regards
Kiran