[RndTbl] Summer project
high.res.mike at gmail.com
Fri Mar 29 06:48:44 CDT 2013
Sorry if this is a little disjointed. I'm half asleep (which is usually
when I get ideas - always a dangerous thing especially when I'm half
Every summer the CLL at the Aboriginal Centre shuts down for the month
of August. Normally I ask the owners of the parent company (a recycler)
if I can borrow some equipment for both July and August so I can learn
more about specific computer related things. Normally they are topics
discussed here or at the MUUG meetings. I know it is only almost April
but why wait until the last second... The owners (Alvin and Karen)
usually like me to have some clear goals in mind when I propose a
project. As a result I thought I'd bounce a few ideas off the pros and
Thanks to Rob D. I think I finally have my head wrapped around the
concept of port forwarding. A couple of months ago he asked me to set up
a Minecraft server for development purposes and so far things seem to work.
My current physical assets are a D-Link 655 wireless router, and a
(Debian) LAMP server running on a G4 server (which I should update
soon), a USB "N" dongle which may or may not work, a Mac Mini which can
connect to the router via the "G" protocol, and an external antenna for
the router. Oh and I have those two Check Point wired routers.
Chris H. says when the router is running the "N" protocol in the house
the range is the edge of the property in the front and can not be picked
up from the back. Inside the house was no problem. The router was
located on the ground floor near the front of the house. The guys from
the seniors radio club think it might be because of the stucco on the
house. I could re-position the antenna to be in front of the front window.
Anyhow the ideas I had were to try a bit more on the port forwarding
thing by having second machine connected to the router and use the
router as the main method of connecting to the services I am running. As
before this would not be connected to the internet. The method I used
last time was to connect to the IP of the LAMP server (eg. 192.168.X.Y
instead of the router at 192.168.X.1 port 80).
Then I'd try to extend the range to the back yard by using a second
router at the back of the house. The second router would get the
wireless signal from the first and repeat it.
I'd like to know if there are any routers, custom built or out of the
box, which will say transmit with the "G" AND "N" protocols as opposed
to the "G" OR "N" protocols. The D-Link router will allow the first
connection to determine subsequent connections. For example of the first
connection is a "G" connection those wishing to connect with the "N"
protocol only will not be able to do so. My temporary solution is to
limit the router to "N" only. This means my Mac Mini can't connect since
it doesn't support "N". With some fancy wiring I suppose I could use a
couple of wireless routers together and have each do a different protocol.
Since the Lab is switching the classroom to Windows 7 and half the
machines are running cards which don't have new drivers (and don't work)
I may be able to snag some "G" cards for testing under Linux. Are there
any G/N cards people here would recommend to the parent company? I'm
thinking if they are going to order a bunch they may as well order some
spares (and I can use one for testing).
So far I'm looking to request a PC (to run Ubuntu Server and Minecraft)
and an "N" router. Maybe a couple of PCI NICs and another external
antenna. Do folks here think my ideas are clear enough to bring to the
I had half a dozen more ideas when I started but forgot most of them
when I turned on the computer. ;-) Is there anything more which would be
worth checking out given I am a slow learner with a high level of
frustration at the moment?
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