Originally posted by PplVSNWO
reply to post by billxam
Instead of PM's, why not just put a how-to right in this thread(or start your own). The link in the op is good for general ideas of how things might
get around loss of internet connection, but doesn't have enough details for us lacking tech savyness.
Computers all have their own distinct personalities depending on manufacturer, hardware, revisions, updates. So a catch all article would be a series
of generalizations that would evoke questions that would be non-sequitur to most other users
If the mods can do a sticky or something, we can have several of us that are network savvy do the posts, etc.. I'm more than willing to volunteer for
the effort - it's a good plan to have in place. Besides, it can be used at any time not just in an emergency. What we should do first is get the
system running in house and then we can base any advice and information on that setup. I'll start working on it here using a few of the computers I
have laying around and my laptop.
The possibilities are literally endless for the uses of the system. Imagine an entire ad hoc network spanning hundreds of miles.
Term to remember: Captive portal.
When you go to a cafe' with internet access, they will frequently have a splash or web page that "hijacks"
your browser displaying a web page for logging onto or paying for the service before releasing you to the network/internet at large.
Short list of thoughts:
*Specific channel, not auto select.
*Wireless network card with
external wlan antenna.
*Network setup - sounds like the master (server) computer needs to have the purchased software to establish a base unit. I'll email the company and
engage in a conversation with them.
*Captive portal design. Easily done on any Win computer. I've got all the software to do it. Use AnalogX simpleserver for this.
*Dedicate a stripped down computer for this - no word processors, background processes, etc.. Think coffee shop internet portal here - that would
work, probably the best and easiest.
*Master (server) should have the following requirements:
1. Highest ground or able to have antenna mast (lightning protection a must).
2. Able to have running 24/7. Think low power computer (old 486 or some such).
3. May be able to use wireless access point (see my previous post) instead of server for captive portal.
4. Beware of government intrusion. Use passwords, logins. Group should assign a background check person for this.
That's all for now, that should get us started.