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Wi-Fi: What is Kindle Fire Looking For?

When the Fire connects to a Wi-Fi access point, it appears to try to get something from Amazon. If it can't, it assumes that the user has to login and throws up a Log In screen. This is annoying to users in our case. Our Kindle Fires need to access an intranet that is not on the Internet. It is similar to a Captive Portal, but is used only to publish content and not to provide Internet connectivity. No login is required. SO our question is: What is the Kindle looking for when it connects to Wi-Fi? How can we supply that so that it will not throw up a Log In screen? We assume this behavior is common to other Kindles too.
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Dixith@Amazon answered
Hi Jing, Kindle uses either Free 3G or Wi-Fi technology to enable you to wirelessly shop for and download Kindle content. When the KindleFire connects to a Wi-Fi access point, depends on the network type it prompts for a password. Public Wi-Fi hotspots usually don't require a password. Private Wi-Fi networks are usually password protected. We can able to connect to Wi-Fi network successfully with out prompting the login screen. Please go through the below link for more information. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200505540 Hope this information helps you.
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Jing Qishen answered
Thank you but your answer does not help. In fact, the reference you pointed me to states: "Ensure your router is functioning correctly and has an Internet connection." I don't believe you read my question carefully. The Wi-Fi network is not connected to the Internet. This is a perfectly valid and legal Wi-Fi intranet that is serving up web content to Wi-Fi devices. Your reference states: "If your router does not have an internet connection, your Kindle will not be able to ... use the experimental browser even if the Kindle is connected to Wi-Fi." Why is that? Tablets, Wi-Fi equipped phones and PCs can all get content from the Wi-Fi intranet, even though it does not have an Internet connection and does not need one. Only Kindles are affected. They do not need to access the Kindle store or buy content -- they just need to use the browser (and without Silk). The reason is clearly that the Kindle is asking for some data from Amazon. What data is it asking for? As a developer I think it is a legitimate question to ask. Otherwise Kindles cannot be used. The issue is similar with Apple, only that Apple has publicly revealed the data that its iOS devices like iPhone and iPad are asking for. That data is simply a web page found at http://www.apple.com/library/test/success.html. When the iOS device sees that page in that directory hierarchy (hosted internally on the intranet), it does not ask the user to Log In -- even if it is connected to Wi-Fi without Internet. Clearly, something similar is built into the Kindle. Please tell developers what it is so that we can get the most use out of Kindles.
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Hi Jing, We have forwarded your issue to concerned team and will get back to you once we have an update.
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Hi Jing, Sorry for delay in getting back to you. When KindleFire connects to intranet Wi-Fi access point, it looks for the below page. http://spectrum.s3.amazonaws.com/kindle-wifi/wifistub.html Hope this info helps.
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Thank you. I will try this out.
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