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1 A Portable Web Server By Rick Bandla VE3CVG For WCARC March 3, 2009

2 Purpose of Project To provide basic access to the WCARC Web Site during meetings, for those who have internet connectible devices To provide basic access to the WCARC Web Site during meetings, for those who have internet connectible devices To experiment with a Web Server To experiment with a Web Server

3 Criteria Must be easy to connect to – similar to a free wi-fi location Must be easy to connect to – similar to a free wi-fi location Must accommodate multiple connections simultaneously w/ reasonable performance Must accommodate multiple connections simultaneously w/ reasonable performance Must use standard web browser Must use standard web browser Functional with WinXP, WinVista, Linux Functional with WinXP, WinVista, Linux MUST Very Portable/Compact MUST Very Portable/Compact Must be inexpensive Must be inexpensive

4 Solution Freeware server application (Home Server) on Windows laptop PC Freeware server application (Home Server) on Windows laptop PC Wireless Access Point with open security Wireless Access Point with open security PC can be used for other stuff while running web server PC can be used for other stuff while running web server

5 Ideal Solution(s) What I used for demo worked fine What I used for demo worked fine Ideal would be not much different than what I am using: Ideal would be not much different than what I am using:  Laptop for easy portability, built-in kybd and screen  USB Access Point?  Could be built on an EEPC or Acer One w solid state HD say 32Gb running linux (netbook) Very small AP, possibly powered off computer would be nice but not necessary Very small AP, possibly powered off computer would be nice but not necessary Portable power: Portable power:  A 12v battery would run a stand alone AP for days  A 12v battery could run a netbook PC for days

6 Instructions Whoever sets up must determine the IP of the server computer (use Show IP freeware) Whoever sets up must determine the IP of the server computer (use Show IP freeware) Users find the AP SSID (wcarc) in their list of wi-fi sites. Select it and Connect to it Users find the AP SSID (wcarc) in their list of wi-fi sites. Select it and Connect to it Open your browser Open your browser Browse to :8080 for eg. Browse to :8080 for eg. Follow the index found there Follow the index found there

7 Conclusions (added after the meeting) There were several Wi-fi equipped computers at the meeting, including: There were several Wi-fi equipped computers at the meeting, including:  EEPC running Linux  Acer One running WinXP  Blackberry PDA  Conventional laptops All connected easily and were able to review Minutes All connected easily and were able to review Minutes All could surf the WCARC web site All could surf the WCARC web site Server laptop could simultaneously run Server, Powerpoint, and other apps with no apparent difficulty Server laptop could simultaneously run Server, Powerpoint, and other apps with no apparent difficulty May be of use at future meetings, grid expeditions, Field Day, etc. May be of use at future meetings, grid expeditions, Field Day, etc. No incremental cost No incremental cost The technology that permits this to come together is mature The technology that permits this to come together is mature

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