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The administration box is what network administrators use to connect to the BSC to administer users, record payments and check for information on the status of the network. Mainly it is used to access the Rhizomatica Admin Interface.  
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The administration computer is what network administrators use to connect to the Rhizomatica Administration Interface (RAI).  
  
Though this computer can use any OS as long as it has a browser and basic network configurability, we generally install a lightweight vanilla version of Linux. To avoid future complications, this computer should be dedicated to accessing the RAI interface. Our setups don't have regular internet access.
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Though this computer can use any operating system as long as it has a browser and basic network configurability, we generally install a lightweight vanilla version of Linux. To avoid future complications, this computer should be dedicated to accessing the RAI interface over the local network. In our setups, the admin computer doesn't typically have regular access to the Internet.
  
== Install Linux ==
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Typically we use a recent version of Ubuntu, Eg:
 
Typically we use a recent version of Ubuntu, Eg:
  
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[http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop| Ubuntu Desktop]
 
[http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop| Ubuntu Desktop]
  
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[https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/GetLubuntu| Lubuntu] - a lighter version of Ubuntu.
 
[https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/GetLubuntu| Lubuntu] - a lighter version of Ubuntu.
  
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[https://ubuntu-mate.org/vivid/|Ubuntu Mate] - Ubuntu with the old school menu.
 
[https://ubuntu-mate.org/vivid/|Ubuntu Mate] - Ubuntu with the old school menu.
  
Choose a user and pass that's easy for the admins to remember. This is typically not a high security kind of thing.
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Choose a user and password that's easy for the admin person to remember. This is typically not a high security kind of thing.
  
== Setup a fixed ip ==
 
  
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Edit /etc/networking/interface
 
Edit /etc/networking/interface
  
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<pre>sudo nano /etc/networking/interface</pre>
 
<pre>sudo nano /etc/networking/interface</pre>
  
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add:
 
add:
  
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auto eth0
 
auto eth0
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Choose an ''address'' that's NOT the BSC's LAN 3 (ie: not 192.168.100.1), but in the 192.168.100.x range.
 
Choose an ''address'' that's NOT the BSC's LAN 3 (ie: not 192.168.100.1), but in the 192.168.100.x range.
  
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Ctrl-x enter to save
 
Ctrl-x enter to save
  
== Connect the admin box to the BSC ==
 
  
Connect via ethernet from the admin computer to LAN 4 of the BSC. [[Setting_up_the_BSC#BSC_LAN_PORTS]]
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Connect via ethernet from the admin computer to LAN 4 of the BSC. (see [[Special:MyLanguage/Setting_up_the_BSC#BSC_LAN_PORTS| BSC LANs]] )
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== Test it ==
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Open up a browser and go to 192.168.100.1/rai. This should bring you to the RAI interface. (see [[Special:MyLanguage/Interfaz_de_Administración_de_la_Red_Rhizomatica|RAI manual]])
  
Fire up a browser and open up 192.168.100.1/rai.
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[[File:Login_RAI.png|File:Login_RAI.png]]
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The administration computer is what network administrators use to connect to the Rhizomatica Administration Interface (RAI).

Though this computer can use any operating system as long as it has a browser and basic network configurability, we generally install a lightweight vanilla version of Linux. To avoid future complications, this computer should be dedicated to accessing the RAI interface over the local network. In our setups, the admin computer doesn't typically have regular access to the Internet.


Install Linux

Typically we use a recent version of Ubuntu, Eg:

Ubuntu Desktop

Lubuntu - a lighter version of Ubuntu.

Mate - Ubuntu with the old school menu.

Choose a user and password that's easy for the admin person to remember. This is typically not a high security kind of thing.


Setup a fixed IP

Edit /etc/networking/interface

sudo nano /etc/networking/interface

add:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
	address 192.168.100.25
	netmask 255.255.255.0

Choose an address that's NOT the BSC's LAN 3 (ie: not 192.168.100.1), but in the 192.168.100.x range.

Ctrl-x enter to save


Connect the admin box to the BSC

Connect via ethernet from the admin computer to LAN 4 of the BSC. (see BSC LANs )


Test it

Open up a browser and go to 192.168.100.1/rai. This should bring you to the RAI interface. (see RAI manual)

File:Login_RAI.png