[MLB-WIRELESS] Melbourne Wireless DNS

David Coles coles.david at gmail.com
Sun Mar 21 21:40:09 EST 2010

Hi folks,

Over the last week Russell (mr-russ) and I have been working on getting
a DNS service for Melbourne Wireless. We're now grabbing data from the
Melbourne Wireless database and using it to populate a DNS.

So what does this mean for you?

Trace route is now quite readable:
 1. mw-router.jqy.node.melbournewireless.org.au
 8. gigabitethernet0-1-282.drrt3525101.vic.digitalriver.net.au
 9. digitalriver.on.vic.drix.com.au
10. vic.to.nsw.drix.com.au
11. p7496.syd.equinix.com
12. diird-prod-vip-1.server-web.com

No more memorising IP addresses:

You can set up sensible host names:

Sounds cool? Want to try it out?

node.melbournewireless.org.au has been delegated to this server so
forward DNS entries should "just work" without any special
configuration. For reverse DNS to work you'll need to query the server
directly ( on Melbourne Wireless or externally)
such as `host` or by adding it as a nameserver to
the top of resolve.conf.

The DNS entries come from the Melbourne Wireless Website. If you edit
the Services and Hosts data for your node this will be used the next
time we update the database. At present, this process is still being
done by hand, but hopefully it will be automated by next week.

Services will automatically get entries of the form
SERVICE.NODE.node.melbournewireless.org.au. Hosts will get entries of
the form HOST.NODE.node.melbournewireless.org.au and will also be used
for reverse DNS entries. If a host name is not specified then we
generate one of the form IP.AD.RE.SS.NODE.node.melbournewireless.org.au.

It's certainly not feature complete and there's still a bit of work to
be done to make everything work correctly, but consider it a working
beta. Hopefully we'll get to do some more work later this week.

David Coles
Node JQY

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