[MLB-WIRELESS] MW Intranet DNS & Redirection

Steven Haigh netwiz at optusnet.com.au
Fri Nov 21 15:41:18 EST 2003

Hi Dan,

I think it's been pretty much settled to use nodename.mwn - yes, this 
means creating another top level domain, but as it's not accessable on 
the internet - and for all intents and purposes, it's an intranet only 
type thing, this shouldn't cause any hassles at all...

What I'm looking at, is to be able to use the main wireless.org.au DNS 
server for this as a primary DNS server for that TLD... what that means 
is that sites can reference this to get .mwn addresses across the entire 
intranet with ease - as they just set their DNS server as a secondary 
DNS server...

It's still in discussion.... Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Dan Flett wrote:

> Hi all,
> From looking through the Wiki it looks like DNS for the MW network has 
> been discussed at length in the past, but I'm wondering has there been 
> any recent discussion or developments?  I am Node GMR and personally, 
> I can navigate quite well just typing 10.10.x.x numbers into my 
> browser.  I'm just concerned that not being able to type in 
> human-readable names into a browser will make using the network less 
> user-friendly for the less-geeky punters.
> On a related topic, I run an access point at my node with DHCP.  From 
> looking at the leases log I see that I get the occasional visitor 
> assocating with my AP.  I'm pretty sure that these visitors are either 
> my neighbors' home computers associating by accident, or wardrivers 
> looking for Internet and home networks to probe.  I'm thinking that 
> once they associate, they probably think they have Internet access.  
> So when they're connected they're going to type something like 
> "www.google.com <http://www.google.com>" into their browsers.  And 
> they're going to get a 404 error.
> Is there some way to redirect these requests to my local web page at 
> or any other web page of my choosing?  All these chance 
> associations that people are having with my AP are a great chance to 
> spread the word about Melbourne Wireless and the network.  But I don't 
> think any of them are going to go to the trouble of looking at the 
> default gateway that my DHCP gives them and then typing that address 
> into their browser.  Instead of a 404 I want them to see a web page 
> that explains why they're not seeing Google and tells them what the 
> Melbourne Wireless Intranet is.
> Cheers,
> Dan

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