[IAEP] Some Questions About Setting Up A School Server

Mike Dawson mikeofmanchester at gmail.com
Sat Oct 24 14:25:30 EDT 2009

Hi All,

On routers I would recommend if at all possible reflashing to run
OpenWRT (www.openwrt.org) or one can also try derivatives like dd-wrt
- then it gives you the same (documented) interface on many different
routers - requires some knowledge of routers but not too much.  Works
on pretty cheap stuff like the WRT54g and D Link Dir 300.  On their
website you can find documentation and compatible hardware lists.
Makes maintenance / training that much easier.



2009/10/23 Martin Langhoff <martin.langhoff at gmail.com>:
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 10:37 AM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Jim needs help setting up a school server. For starters, I referred him to:
>> He has the following questions.
>>> what's missing at least in part is network
>>> topology and possibilities, especially on the
>>> LAN side of the xs.
> There are some graphs that illustrate the network topology - see
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/School_server
> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XS_Installing_Software
>>> for example, assuming eth0 for WAN (internet
>>> access) and eth1 for LAN (xo) access, can we
>>> connect eth1 to a switch and connect an access
>>> point to the switch (this lets us connect xo
>>> boxes either by wifi or by wire).
> Yes yes yes. Do read the links above :-)
>>> as a different example, how to configure one
>>> of those cheap little home routers so we can
>>> connect eth1 to the router and then connect xo
>>> boxes either to the built-in switch on the
>>> router or the built-in access point on the
>>> router to allow the xs dhcp server to respond
>>> to xo requests for ip addresses (i.e. inhibit
>>> the router's dhcp server)?
> I have seen instructions for at least one model of AP  in our 'XS
> Techniques' page. But as you know, there are gazillion APs out there.
> Cheap, expensive, simple, complex... some even work.
> You might have to do some research on the model you have, and read the
> documentation that comes with it -- or that the vendor posts on the
> big wide internet.
> cheers,
> m
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>  martin at laptop.org -- School Server Architect
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