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Hello Monks!

This is my first time trying to do some screen scraping. In my real life I use Perl to automate administration tasks and parse data. This is my first experience with OO and screen scraping. What I basically need to do is, log into my Netgear router, navigate to the page that shows the port rules and select/de-select radio buttons to open or close ports. Then submit the form.

I found that I can login with the LWP module and get the html from the correct page showing the port settings. I also found that can not login in when using Mechanize. I am having a bit of trouble getting the form name and the names of the fields.

So..... can you please tell me if I am on track?
I have plans on using LWP to login and get the resulting html that shows the port settings. Use Mechanize to select and de-select radio buttons. Use Mechanize to submit the form. Use LWP to get the html back and Tokeparser to get and display the final settings in a reportish looking type of output.

Does this sound like a good way of going about this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm somewhat lost here.


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