Setting up Administration computer

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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


auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

Choose an address that's NOT the BSC's LAN 3 (ie: not, 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 This should bring you to the RAI interface. (see RAI manual)

Login RAI.png