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So far we have a Buffalo which is doing DHCP and NAT for the main network and acting as an AP covering the main auditorium (rather uselessly until we can use it) and a second AP acting as a bridge covering the upstairs hacklab(s).

We should have more soon when we start to setup a real network tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight.


[edit] Using the debconf wireless

The SSID is debconf and password debconf11 .

[edit] Hardware list

  • 11x Buffalo WHR-G54
  • 1x NetGear DG8343G v3

[edit] Access Point list

AP Channel Location MAC Address Notes
B131 6 Round Room 00:0D:0B:83:7C:68 2.4, txpower 10
B132 1 Auditorium - Left 00:0D:0B:83:7F:30 2.4, txpower 11
B133 11 Round Room 00:0D:0B:83:7F:74 2.4, txpower 10
B134 6 Auditorium - Behind stage 00:0D:0B:83:6D:F4 2.4, txpower max (used to be 11)
B135 11 Auditorium - Right 00:0D:0B:83:82:A2 2.4, txpower 11
B136 6 Upstairs Hacklab Middle 00:0D:0B:83:75:54 2.4, txpower 12
B137 11 Gallery Hacklab in Window 00:0D:0B:83:6D:78 2.4, txpower max (used to be 11), wpa+wpa2 (used to be wpa2 only)
B138 6 Inside Reception Desk 00:0D:0B:83:87:64 2.4, txpower 10
B139 1 Gallery Hacklab on Switch 00:0D:0B:83:90:AA 2.4, txpower 8
B140 00:0D:0B:83:82:46 2.4, in stock
B141 11 Upstairs Hacklab in door 00:0D:0B:83:79:68 2.4, txpower normal (used to be 8)

[edit] Documentation for the OpenWRT setup at DebConf11

This page describes the accesspoint configuration for DebConf11. We're using the Backfire version of OpenWRT.

The accesspoints will be bridging to provide WPA encrypted wireless on debconf . On the b+g network we'll use the channels 1, 6 and 11. We avoid interference as much as possible by turning down the power on the APs, and it will very likely also help for people to turn down the power on their laptops to something like 10dBm.

[edit] Image Source

[edit] Buffalo Configurations

We're using the standard images from Backfire 10.03.1-rc5 here. On the buffalo the needed file is the broadcom 47xx .trx file, which uses the open source b43 drivers.

[edit] /etc/config/network

config 'switch' 'eth0'
       option 'enable' '1'

config 'switch_vlan' 'eth0_0'
       option 'device' 'eth0'
       option 'vlan' '0'
       option 'ports' '1 2 3 4 5'

config 'switch_vlan' 'eth0_1'
       option 'device' 'eth0'
       option 'vlan' '1'
       option 'ports' '0 5'

config 'interface' 'loopback'
       option 'ifname' 'lo'
       option 'proto' 'static'
       option 'ipaddr' ''
       option 'netmask' ''

config 'interface' 'lan'
       option 'type' 'bridge'
       option 'ifname' 'eth0.0'
       option 'proto' 'dhcp'
       # option 'proto' 'static'
       # option 'ipaddr' ''
       # option 'netmask' ''

config 'interface' 'wan'
       option 'ifname' 'eth0.1'
       option 'proto' 'static'
       option 'ipaddr' ''
       option 'netmask' ''
       option 'dns' ''  # Google

[edit] /etc/config/wireless

config 'wifi-device' 'radio0'
	option 'type' 'mac80211'
	option 'macaddr' '00:0d:0b:83:75:55' # One more than MAC on side of device
	option 'hwmode' '11g'
	option 'disabled' '0'
	option 'channel' '11'    # adjust channel to suit where the AP will be
	option 'txpower' '11'   # adjusted when managing the AP later
	option 'distance' '20'  # adjusted when managing the AP later

config 'wifi-iface'
	option 'device' 'radio0'
	option 'network' 'lan'
	option 'mode' 'ap'
	option 'ssid' 'debconf'
	option 'encryption' 'mixed-psk+tkip+ccmp'
	option 'key' 'debconf11'

[edit] /etc/config/system

config system
	option hostname	bXXX
	option timezone	UTC

config rdate
	list server
	list server
	list server
	list server
	list server
	list server
	list server

[edit] Flashing

[edit] Buffalo



ME="`echo ${IP} | cut -f1-3 -d.`.254"
sudo ip addr add ${ME}/24 dev eth0

echo "Unplug power, press button on top and replug power"
echo "Release the button when the upload starts after about 3 seconds"
#atftp --trace --option "mode octet" -p -l openwrt-brcm-2.4-squashfs.trx ${IP}

atftp --trace --option "mode octet" -p -l openwrt-brcm47xx-squashfs.trx ${IP}

sudo ip addr del ${ME}/24 dev eth0

sudo ip addr add dev eth0

echo "Waiting for flashing"
sleep 50
echo "Waiting for reboot"
sleep 50

echo "Telnet to assign passwd"

## Not needed for now, since we're using DHCP
# echo "Edit to assign IP address"
# gvim -f ${CONFIG}/network
ping -c1 >/dev/null
MACADDR="`arp -i eth0 | grep | cut -c34-51`"

echo "Edit to assign wireless channel"
gvim -f ${CONFIG}/wireless

echo "Edit to assign Hostname"
gvim -f ${CONFIG}/system

echo "Push ssh authorized_keys to device"
scp ~/.ssh/ root@

echo "Push configuration to device"
scp ${CONFIG}/* root@

scp kmod-ipv6_2.6.32.27-1_brcm47xx.ipk root@
ssh root@ opkg install kmod-ipv6_2.6.32.27-1_brcm47xx.ipk

sudo ip addr del dev eth0 2>/dev/null

[edit] Your .ssh config

You may want to add this stanza to your own ~/.ssh/config to disable host key checking on 192.168.1.* so that you can ssh into multiple APs as you're flashing them without getting annoying warnings about the host key (of course) being changed...

Host 192.168.1.*
  StrictHostKeyChecking no
  GlobalKnownHostsFile /dev/null
  UserKnownHostsFile /dev/null

[edit] Issues

[edit] Issues Log

Add your issue here, including the MAC address of the AP you saw the issue with, the date & time, and any other useful information you can think of. Then tell karora on IRC your own wireless MAC address.

[edit] See also

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