[nSLUG] Linuxfest networking (was: Linux Fest Wireless? (fwd))

Pat Gagnon patgagnon at gmail.com
Fri Mar 26 20:16:40 ADT 2010

I can also lend 2 wireless routers, with 4 wired ports, and 2 wireless
access points.


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From: nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca [mailto:nslug-bounces at nslug.ns.ca] On Behalf
Of Jack Warkentin
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010 7:41 PM
To: Nova Scotia Linux User Group
Subject: [nSLUG] Linuxfest networking (was: Linux Fest Wireless? (fwd))

Hi Everybody

This helps a great deal, as we now know that

   -  we are basically on our own as far as setting up networking for the
      Linuxfest is concerned,

   -  we need either a dedicated machine or a wireless router *whose MAC
      address is registered with ITS* as the basis for our own network
      for the Linuxfest, and

   -  we need sufficient switches and access points to provide wired and
      wireless networking for our event.

Of course, the next question is, who is able and willing to supply the
necessary equipment?

Pat Gagnon has some networking equipment to give away. Could some of it be
used to supply all or part of the above?



Oliver Baltzer wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>> On Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:04:56 -0400 (AST), Richard Bonner 
>>> <ak621 at chebucto.ns.ca> wrote:
>>>      Do you know how we can get Internet accessibility for the Linux 
>>> Fest? Last time, someone from Dal ACM brought in a hub or similar.
>> I don't know if anything has changed with the UCIS/ITS network since 
>> the last Install Fest I was helping to setup, but we used to run a 
>> local network routed by either a dedicated machine or a 
>> OpenWRT/DD-WRT router which also provided a public wireless for the time
of the event.
>> Additionally the wired network was extended by two 100 Mb/s switches. 
>> The reason for this setup was that UCIS required wired machines to 
>> have their MAC addresses registered and Dal Wireless is only 
>> accessible with a "Dal NetID" which not every visitor might have. The 
>> local network took care of this.
>> I doubt UCIS has changed their policies since, so you should plan 
>> accordingly. Also, with the number of laptops and general wireless 
>> devices growing a single cell powered by a simple wireless router may 
>> not be sufficient. In that case it might be worth-while to talk to 
>> UCIS or FCS if it is possible to piggy-back a second public wireless 
>> network on their infrastructure.

And Karl Vollmer wrote:

>   I can answer that. Nope. If CS wants to provide a physical 
> connection that's fine, but especially considering the network 
> configuration / wap changes that would be required to do that they
> (ITS) will not and it would be unresonable to even ask. Expect to have 
> to provide your own wireless for the time being. I know there are 
> plans to provide some sort of public/automatic registration for Dal 
> wireless that might solve this issue in the future but it's not there 
> yet.
> Also UCIS doesn't exist. It's ITS now :)
> -Karl
>> I hope this helps.
>> Cheers,
>> Oliver
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