[MLB-WIRELESS] Who looks after the web site?

mw at freenet.net.au mw at freenet.net.au
Mon Oct 13 19:52:46 EST 2008

Hi Tom,

> coders at melbournewireless.org.au is the place to ask - that'd 
> be Peter, Tyson, Steve & myself mainly.

OK, I copy this reply there too then! ;-)

(although I suspect that those guys all read this list too!)

> http://www.melbournewireless.org.au/maps/compare is the link 
> that should 
> show the straight line on google maps. It doesn't work right now, as 
> it's trying to call our previous mapserver engine.


> Straight-line altitude 'cross sections' is something that we've been 
> wanting to do for quite some time now, but it's not an easy 
> problem and 
> we always ran into technical roadblocks in addition to our own time 
> constraints :)

Actually, maybe you misunderstood my comment.  Fact is that it DOES show
altitude when viewed in google earth.

This is what I did:

1.  download and install google earth client, then fire 'er up.
2.  right click on 'my places', select new, network link.
3.  enter the link to nodes:
http://www.melbournewireless.org.au/maps/nodes.kml and click ok
4.  do the same to add links:

Like magic, there are all the nodes, and the links are straight lines
between.  It even shows up the antenna heights - like, WOW!

It is easy as pie to see where the line of sight would be obscured by
terrain - there are a few links there that comes mighty close, but all the
ones I looked at were all clear of mountains! ;-)

> This was indeed how our previous mapserver-based site 
> functioned. Also 
> on the todo list for the newer release

Can I offer my time?  This is something I am sure would noty be hard to add.
What language is the MW site written with?  My web platform of choice is
ColdFusion, but I can deal with java, perl, php, and even VB/asp if I really
have to.

If someone can send me the relevant scripts, and ideally a db structure to
work from, I can make some coding mods and then send it back for install
back to the live site - after backing up the originals of cordse!! ;-D

> > 3.  what options do we have to add snmp control to the node 
> database?  Is
> > there some api we can use/develop to be able to update 
> state when a node (or
> > link) goes off/on line?
> >   
> Nothing yet, but would not be hard to add a database field here and 
> there and present an API for this.

Cool - again, this is something that I would like to have a shot at.  Would
be ideal if I had a working partner, but I'll take a crack at it on my own
of there is no interest.

The ideal arrangement would be to set up a web interface to send updates to
with ssl and authentication.  Then the snmp manager, be it nagios or any
other, can spawn a script to port (or get) to that interface.  Then those
updates should become visible in the online maps.


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