Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Making Your own ISP Server, with GUI ! Intro

This system will help you build your first ISP ( internet service provider) box, or server. first we chose an older platform where we could get our GUI to work with no isses. We later found out we should have choosen the newest version, but for testing purposes, our system works great.


old rackmount 1 u Compac Dual 800 mhz CPU
512 megs ram
2 - scsi3 with built in raid.
for an old box, its fast.


Fedora Core4
Cistron Radius Webmin Module
Usermin Module

patience and time. Project takes abotu 8 hours from start to finish if you have a balasing connection. if not the donwload takes longer. I used fedora since its easy of use and GUI ( plug in monitor and keyboard/mouse) and system operates like desktop as well. I dont recommend it, at all. nothing like someone deleting your data .......

We searched the net and checked out chat systems seemed pretty stable. The live CD that is still number one is Slax, but we needed to be more familiar and fedora is easy to build servers with!

First we dowloaded fedora core. We ftped, and found a place in japan that had it all. We first dowloaded the CD's, and then grabbed a free copy of ImageBurn. Burned 1-4 cd's. Booted machine and fed it disk one. I told it to install in text mode. Its fastest and puts less crunch on the pc.

The disk after disk, you add each one. I chose all on the list, so I would have all the development things I needed. I found out that you do not need but apache, ftpd, sendmail, popper, imad, and freeradius.

I went to the sight and downloaded the source. They do have an RPM but it was for a much newer ( told ya I made a mistake) version. We downloaded the source and folled the instructions.

next came the GUI. Was not hard to choose. We grabbed Webmin a free server admin GUI. It installed fine from source. RPM didnt work for us, but we think lots of the packages were out of date.

next we did a system upgrade. Yum -y upgrade . ours was 956 mesg and took less than an hour to pull ( on 15 megabit connect). rebooted after installs completed.

next went package by package and saw what was installed and what was not. Some needed configuration fixes, and some I had to goto webmin and goto third party. searched for cistron ( what freeradius comes from ) and grabbed the module. Edited the configuration after I got radius up and running. Now I can add and remove network clients on PPPOE (DSL) and Dialup.

Once everything was up to snuf, we started trying to upgrade things like CPAN, perl, and then lock down the server. It runs web pages, allows FTP server access, does mail for domains ( downloaded and configured virtualdomain by webmin ) and added bind (DNS) and a few configuration fixes there as well.

I will be documenting over the next month the complete process to allow our coop memembers access to building thier own community networks.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

MESH Explained

Is everyone confused about mesh yet? Here are the different types and what they do!
Go Mobile Mesh! Go!

Here are the different types of mesh networking:

Ahdoc Mesh

Standard Fixed MESH


Todays Wireless networking

Mobile Mesh

Friday, July 20, 2007

How to build a html web site redirector

Have people wanting web site redirectors to point to new servers, or more.
This example ( could not post actual Text, since it has embeded htlm) needs
to be downloaded, changed, saved, and uploaded and then renamed as index.html
if that site is set to redirect to another web page. This simple redirectors
HTML script can be used on almost any type of system, and works.

Support W3, IE , and Mozilla browers.

Script Link

Monday, July 9, 2007

Optimizing a Slow Computer

Optimizing a Slow Computer

A fast, optimized computer has noticeably better home and Internet performance. This article describes risk-free tips for a system that is behaving normally.

1) Reboot a computer that's run for several days, or if programs froze recently.

2) Keep at least 25% of each hard drive free. A drive with 10% free space will have performance problems.

3) Run the defragmenter once a month. A disk with little free space, that is also fragmented, definitely has problems. In Windows 2000: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

4) If your computer was low-end 2 years ago, or midrange 3 years ago, its overall design is limiting your performance. Upgrading CPU or RAM may help, but the benefit won't necessarily be worth the cost. New desktop computers with reasonable performance for many users can be purchased for well under $1000.

5) Unused programs waste memory and CPU. Don't leave them open or minimize them, shut them down.

6) Any item in Start > Programs > Startup slows your computer booting and will later drain computer resources. It's just as easy to run these programs when you need them. Typical exceptions are an anti-virus, a printer, or a gamma correction program.

7) Remove the Microsoft Office Task Bar, which runs in the background all the time. You can still run the Microsoft programs when you actually need them.

8) While screen savers are fun, they may slow programs, causing some to crash. To conserve your screen and to save energy, turn the power off, or use a power-saver feature.

Avoid "Popular" Ways to Improve Computer Performance

The Internet, Web popups, and newsgroups are full of suggestions to radically improve computer performance. Unless you plan to spend considerable, regular effort optimizing and testing your computer performance, ignore them. It's a good bet that if HP, IBM, Dell or Gateway had a sure method for increasing their computer performance at no risk and reasonable cost — they would have done it. In situations where your computer is mainly used for one thing, say, game-playing or video processing, you can probably optimize it (though at the expense of other programs' performance or features).

Windows XP users might invest a small amount of time to good advantage with Microsoft's How to Set Performance Options in Windows XP. The suggestions are relatively simple and safe, and in any case, the effects can be reversed if something goes wrong.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

RBL changes clears spam issues ?



After researching for what was like a week, I had to reverse engineer our spam filter system and find how to increase the filter, due to Spam that has just flooded customers who posted emails on major web sites for jobs, and such.

I am posting this to see if others out there see the same issues. if you do simply upgrade your RBL and block the mail from ever connecting or quarantine it. I do both myself.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

WISP Setup Recomendations

Do your research first. Buy complete kits. Buying one piece at a wholesale steal via the net or Ebay is one way, but when you buy a complete kit you have the formula for success.

buy a bandwidth controller for your Wireless ISP or upgrade to MeshAP Pro on your nodes to get better bandwidth management, QOS and real-time access to data information and more. Without one your sitting with limited access and control of your network.

use remote syslog to port system data, errors, and more. System logs need to be collected on a remote server, allowing your access points to operate better since the system wont have log file issues, where you have to reboot, in which you just dumped your log files.

Syslog can run on any OS even an older Windows PC. We recommend VNC for remote access. a 700 mhZ PC with 256 megs ram and 10 gig HD ,running Win2K server.

Using DLS, cable and multiple carriers is what mesh is really about. The strnght of many outway the alternative spoke and wheel type wireless networks.

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