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Alternative to FTP

What's wrong with FTP?

Currently most people have setup up FTP server in an effort to share files on the network. It has several positive aspects:
But is has some large disadvantages also:

What is open Nap?

Originally, Napster was a distributed file sharing service which allowed users to transfer files directly between their clients for free. A centralized server kept track of all available files and provided clients the ability to search the index of available files. In addition, instant messages (private chat) and group chat services similar to IRC were also provided.

OpenNap is a free Open Source effort to create a version of the proprietary Napster server.


Why not Bit Torrent

Bit torrent is great for the internet, but most of its advantages are lost for in a wifi network like that of Melbourne wireless. The biggest disadvantage of bit torrent is the need to download the seed file:

  1. This means a central web server / repository will need to list all seed files available on the network.
  2. Users will have to create a new seed file and upload it to the central repository each time a new file is added to their share (assuming is it not already on the network)
  3. As old files are deleted then central repository will need to be kept up to date.


The following is a list of known clients to support the Opennap NG server. Part of the administration of Opennap NG is carried out via clients. The bold entries are recommended clients, as they are
  1. full featured
  2. fully compliant to the protocol
  3. open source
  4. available for free
  5. well suited for administrating Opennap NG

table broken!




OSPF on Microsoft Windows

How do you setup OSFP routing to run on Windows. There is alot of help on setting up OSPF for linux, but very about OSPF on Windows 2000 or XP. The Microsoft support site has alot of technical information but for a newbee like me, it is as clear as mud.

MS OSPF links

Here are a few likes that might make life abit easier:

External linkVery basic introduction
External linkAndrew Griffiths Windows OSPF implementation
External link Microsoft help site Eck!


PCMCIA to PCI converter

Also know as PCMCIA to PCI cradle or just a PCMCIA cradle. If you have a PCMCIA wifi card and withi to plug it into you PC, this is what you will need. Here are some local links:

External linkSingle from Techtopia for $77
External linkDual form Techtopia for $107
External linkSingle from EAA If you know the price, let me know!
External linkSingle from Oz Online for $89
and have a look on Ebay as well.
If you know any more, please let me know.


Node HVG:


Currently my node is not operational as I have just moved to Point Cook. I am in the process of building NodeJNX. Seems to be alot of interest in PC at the moment, should be a good network born out that way very soon!

Previously NodeHVG was running from St Albans.

Previous St Albans

I am using a home made 8db connected to a linksys wrt54g router with an output of 28mW in access point mode on channel 11. Other then me, no one is connected to this :(

Have built a 2003 server using OSPF routing (thanks Richard!) with a saneo 200mw PCMCIA card going to a large galaxy antenna. Vak sells a great little unit for moding the galaxy antenna, you must check it out! External linkVak's Node

This is connected to External linkNode FPY at 11mps with a good to fair signal

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