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city of the sun community internet original proposal - cos inet news - network manual - antenna reflector ------------------ COS Network Manual ------------------ Guidelines & Technical Reference for COS Community Internet at City of the Sun 2006 Nov - 2007 Jan (working draft - vansprouts) Contents COS Community Internet Guidelines & Policies COS Wifi Access Points Acknowledgements & Links Technical Reference for Users Computer Equipment Needed Setup & Troubleshooting Technical Reference for Administrators Wifi Access Points & Repeaters COS Network IP Numbers Configuration of Network Devices chris vansprouts <vansprouts at mac dot com> http://homepage.mac.com/vansprouts/cos/internet.html
---------------------- COS Community Internet ---------------------- Guidelines & Policies for the COS Community Internet The COS Community Internet, aka "COS Network", which includes COS Wifi and access to the Global Internet, is for the free use of all COS members and guests, only. It is not an open public access network. A list of COS Wifi stations and the encryption key should always be posted in the COS Community Building, along with the COS Network Manual and how to contact the COS Network Administrator(s). Members of the COS Community are welcome and encouraged to contribute and publish their creative work on our local COS webserver or on their own webservers (all accessible only within the community), and to use the COS Network as a bridge for publishing on the Global Internet. (see web links below) We will respect the privacy of others, and the freedom to access any public information on the Global Internet. Absolutely no monitoring, cracking, or other interference will be allowed on or via the COS Network. Also, users must abide by VTC's Acceptable Use Policies, and should respect traditional common-sense etiquette of the Global Internet. The COS Network has a limited bandwidth connection with the Global Internet (256kbps DSL thru vtc.net), so please be considerate of others who may be using it at the same time. Low-bandwidth use like email, browsing, or shopping is fine any time of day or night. High-bandwidth use like internet phone, music/videos, or massive downloads should be done only during off-peak hours, or via one's own private internet account. Use of the COS Network is entirely at one's own risk. No one can infallibly guarantee the reliability or safety of any computer hardware, software, or data. That said, for maximum safety of all COS Network users, each computer connected to the COS Network needs to be be updated and protected against viruses, trojans, etc. Also, non-COS wifi equipment must co-exist peacefully with the COS Network. Please verify the condition/configuration of your computer and wifi equipment with the COS Network Administrator(s). In case of technical problems, first check your own computer, and read the COS Network Manual to help diagnose the problem. Also, the COS Network Administrator(s) are available for free assistance & advice. Please do not mess with the COS Network devices, and do not call VTC - they are responsible only for the DSL modem in the COS office. The COS Network Administrator(s) are responsible for all COS Network devices, and will determine when a call to VTC is necessary. If your computer is in good condition, the COS Network Administrator(s) can set up or repair a connection with the COS Network, most likely in a few minutes and at no charge.
Wifi Access Points for the COS Community Internet [cos map with radio coverage rings] cos2i zmans cos2 drbobs [cos cmty bldg] [cos laundry] All "cos" wifi access points are online 24 hours, and all have the same WEP 64 encryption key: ascii = rjf1s -or- hex = 726A663173 ssid channel owner / location (notes) ---- ------- ---------------- cos2i ch2 cos community building cos2 ch2 cos laundry drbobs ch7 bob cook's (always on) zmans ch5 zephyr's (not always on) (Other wifi access points & repeaters at COS are not totally compatible with the COS Network. see Technical Reference for Administrators, below)
Acknowledgements & Links for the COS Community Internet The COS Community Internet is dedicated to the spirit of Ted Specker. 2006 May-July Proposed, designed, & installed by chris vansprouts with thanks to Ted, Zephyr, Bob, and others who may wish to remain anonymous :) http://192.168.30.10/cos/community/internet.html - original proposal http://192.168.30.10/cos/meetings/cos060521inet.mov - membership discussion audio 2006 Nov - 2007 Jan (working draft) Documented by chris vansprouts http://192.168.30.10/cos/community/imanual.html - COS Network Manual http://192.168.30.10/cos/community/parabolic.html - wifi antenna reflector Email addresses COS Foundation Office: COS Office <cos at vtc dot net> COS Network Administrator: chris vansprouts <vansprouts at mac dot com> Web pages (not pretty, all under construction) http://192.168.30.10 - local COS webserver (available only within the community) http://192.168.30.10/chalkboard/ - Virtual COS Chalkboard (make this your home page!) http://192.168.30.10/beta/cos/ - draft next version of COS website http://192.168.30.10/cos/ - published COS website (local mirror) http://www.vtc.net/~cos/ - published COS website (vtc mirror) [also see the cos lost & foundation info mirrors]
---------------------- Technical Reference for COS Network Users ---------------------- Computer Equipment Needed to Use the COS Network 1 Any computer (desktop or laptop, Windows or Mac) with built-in Wifi or a Wifi card. Built-in antennas are small & low-power, so an external antenna or a Wifi-Ethernet Bridge may be needed, depending on your location. Also see item 3 below. -or- 2 Any computer with built-in Ethernet, and an Ethernet wired connection to the COS Network. For example, one could carry a non-Wifi laptop into the COS Community Building and plug in directly with an Ethernet cable. -or- 3 Any computer with built-in Ethernet, and a Wifi-Ethernet Bridge. A directional and/or outside Wifi antenna may also be needed, depending on your location. Even if your computer has built-in Wifi, a Wifi-Ethernet Bridge may have a much stronger signal and a more reliable connection with the COS Network. Notes Any Macintosh since 1993, and any Windows PC since 1998, should have no problem connecting with the COS Network to use for basic email and web-browsing. Newer computers are much faster, have built-in Wifi, and are more compatible with newer websites, video, etc. Wifi, Ethernet, and TCP/IP are all computer industry standards, in wide use for many years. All computers & interface boxes using these communication standards are compatible with each other and the Global internet, and with the COS Network. The COS Network has Wifi access points, clients, & ethernet bridges made by Buffalo, Linksys, Dlink, Apple, and others. Everything can be configured to be pretty compatible. The best method i've found for many COS residents is to install a wifi-ethernet bridge inside the house, and if necessary, an outside antenna above the roof. I'm recommending the Buffalo Ethernet Converter model WLI-TX4-G54HP (about $70). This wifi-ethernet bridge allows up to 4 computers to plug into the COS Network via ethernet cables. If you need a quick cheap boost in wifi signal strength (25 to 50%), try an add-on antenna reflector. This will make your existing omni-directional antenna into a higher-gain directional antenna.
------------------------------- Technical Reference for COS Network Administrators ------------------------------- Wifi Access Points & Repeaters COS Wifi access points are all named "cos"-something, and all use the same WEP64 encryption key (always posted in the community building, along with this document). The key should be changed only when necessary, and with as much advance notice as possible to all COS members. The ascii key should be 5 lowercase letters & numbers picked at random, and also expressed as 10 hexadecimal digits for software which has no ascii option. (for example, the current key in ascii is "rjf1s", which is the same as "726A663173" in hexadecimal) If you wish to set up a non-COS wifi access point within the City of the Sun, you will need to enable encryption and choose a channel which is not already in use, and not use "cos" in the SSID name. If a non-COS access point is a repeater for the COS Network, it may use the COS Wifi encryption key, but only if it is completely compatible with the COS Network. This is to avoid confusion and allow easiest access to the entire COS Network for everyone. For example, we currently have two non-COS repeaters in operation, zmans and drbobs (see COS Wifi Access Points, above). Wifi channels 1, 2, 3, and 9, 10, 11 are reserved for the COS Network. Non-COS access points may use any channel 4 thru 8 in B-mode (11 Mbps). Please note that G-mode (54 Mbps) uses five consecutive B-mode channels, so in G-mode, only channel 6 is available (which makes use of all the channels 4 thru 8). Please consult with COS Network Administrator(s) to check your configuration.
COS Network IP Numbers (confidential, see full admin version of COS Network Manual)
Configuration of COS Network Devices (confidential, see full admin version of COS Network Manual)
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