[MLB-WIRELESS] possible vpn and public ip address allocation option

mw at freenet.net.au mw at freenet.net.au
Tue Mar 16 09:44:58 EST 2010


There are a couple of good reasons I can think of that would make this a
good thing:

1.  fail-over.  When a major backbone link fails (e.g. Dandenong - Geelong)
then it would be very useful to have a VPN fail-over take up the slack.

2.  satellite network connection.  When a new member wants to set up in the
sticks (or an existing highly active member moves from inner city) having a
VPN access to the MW proper provides some additional small incentive for
other members to join and grow the local remote network into multiple nodes.
The VPN can stay at least until such a time as that 'satellite' network
grows to a point that there is an opportunity for a wireless link into the
main network.

It's all about growing the network and encouraging participation.  It's hard
to get new members involved when there are no wireless APs to connect TO.

And if the only AP in range is an isolated node in the bush, having a VPN
backhaul into the main network can make quite a difference! ;-)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: melbwireless-bounces at wireless.org.au [mailto:melbwireless-
> bounces at wireless.org.au] On Behalf Of Mark Aitken
> Sent: Monday, 15 March 2010 8:44 PM
> To: melbwireless at wireless.org.au
> Subject: Re: [MLB-WIRELESS] possible vpn and public ip address allocation
> option
> Roger Plant wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > At the last couple of melbourne wireless meetings, there has been
> discussion of providing
> > some public IP addresses, and also for providing access to the melbourne
> wireless network
> > from outside (linking unconnected nodes via the internet).
> >
> >
> >
> Whats the point? Sort of defeats the purpose doesn't it?
> Ham radio operators extend their communications range by linking their
> repeater sites via the internet,  not really radio is it?
> Just my 2c worth.
> Mark
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