Saturday, November 19, 2011

HTC Flyer.

Blogger now set up on the HTC Flyer. Watch the Tech blog for the review.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

G&C Net network.

Internet Cafe Network.

This is the planned network for my Internet Cafe in Hluhluwe town.

At the moment we manually log people onto the network, either through the fixed work stations or through the wireless network. The customers have access to the HP 4500 Deskjet for their printing, scanning and faxing. There is also on each work station a web cam and headset for use with programs like Skype.

The network is controlled by the D-Link router for the main access to the Internet. This would have a public side web address assigned to its dynamic IP so that I can access my router, server and security cameras from the Internet. The router will need to forward certain ports to the server so that can happen.

The router at the moment is also the wireless gateway. I would like to set it up so that either the server will be the controller for the public wireless network or to buy a router that can use the DD-WRT to control the wireless access.

The work stations are running Natty Narwhal. Updates are installed as they become available. The server is running Lucid Lynx. All the server options are currently installed. This is includes some that I am not going to use, like the mail server, but I wanted to see how they worked before I fine tuned the install. I would like the server to run apt-cacher so that the updates for the various workstations and for my laptop only need to be downloaded once. I would like to see if it is possible to set the server to run as a DNS cache server to speed up the access to the Internet. I am not entirely sure yet how this works.

There is an idea in the future to run thin clients for the Internet Cafe, this depends largely on money, as usual. There are also various plans to expand the capabilities of the Cafe with regards to printing, laminating and binding. The idea is to run the shop as a one stop business services location.

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