October 16th, 2003

Andrei in the office

DSL IV: The Phantom Geeky Menace

This is all tech foo. Feel free to ignore this one...

So, software guy gets to play networking geek this evening. (Ignoring entirely the need to be up at 4am tomorrow)

So, I decided to move my tenuous DSL connection from the test laptop to the Airport Extreme base station. This seemed to work at first until I discovered that only one machine at a time was 'allowed' the connection. Each machine had to auth with a web page and then take control and release control of the "ethernet."

Sigh, time to call tech support.

Tech support had me turn my modem into a Bridge modem. In other words, it no longer authenticated. The authentication in this modem is very interesting it does PPPoE. Then it looks at the MAC address of anything asking for net services and assigns one MAC the right to be called active. Active must give up the scepter before any other MAC can be active and thus have ethernet.

So, with the adsl modem now an ADSL bridge, I configured the Airport base station to do the PPPoE and then NAT/DHCP out internal fake addresses. Now multiple machines inside my LAN can see the net. Yay me.

Okay... All well and good. But.... I have a static IP address on the far end of the Modem. How do I get from the Static IP thru the modem to the machine that has a NAT address. Hmmn. Well, it would seem that from there we use Port Mapping. Basically I tell my Airport which ports to expect contact on. I then forward them to a machine inside the LAN. I could theoretically run two different web servers. Go to (My unreleased IP):80 to get to one machines server, go to :9080 to go to the other machine.

This worked. Now all I have to do is reroute my domains to point to the new static address.

And of course.. wake up in 3 1/2 hrs.
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Andrei in the office

On the way to Maine

So, here we are in LAX. Now, you may be wondering.. Is he really gonna to do a full entry on the little sidekick. Well, actually, I'm doing this on the laptop.

Yes kids, it would seem that LAX is fully Boingo WiFi'd now. I had a small panic because it had me pay for the day's service (fairly inexpensively) and then it told me I needed to download Boingo software. (For Windows and Pocket PC only)

I was quite annoyed. But, I paid the price, logged in. And Panther. (Yes I admit to running it) self configured itself with absolutely no problem.

We leave in about an hour. This means boarding will be in about 30 minutes. Heather is on my right playing CivIII on the iBook. I'm doing my usual job of answer people's questions about the 17" behemoth.

I love Macs. Especially from profitable companies :)

So, I am off to meet the future in-laws (and apparently spend much time in their hot tub) We will hopefully be performing a Gnostic Mass on Saturday for people in Maine. Hopefully, because we are pretty much doing this on the fly. It's a little scary.

It's currently 5:30am (Pacific). I didn't sleep last night. This means the world has that fuzzy, unreal quality to it. The gate counter is now open to process people. We are all taken care of. 6 months with my check card getting me frequent flier milage has finally paid off. We are flying first class :-D

I am showing off the new on the fly html rendering of my client to jnanacandra who has of course seen it before and returns to her world conquest.

I'm off to take a look at who's updated their LJ's. (I am such an addict)

More later.

*waves* from LAX

P.S. Never been to Maine before. Kinda nervous. I hear they have Killer Cars and Rabid Dogs and Insane Clowns. And a really scary looking author named King, too.
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