Monthly Archives: June 2010

centos 5.5, ruby, rails and mongrel

Everytime I go and build a box I jump on google and spend 20 minutes trying to find the last guide I used, and of course I can’t find it. So I’m putting a few links here so I can just come here and find them easy!

Follow the instructions for a yum repo with updated packages here

Install everything using: sudo yum –enablerepo=ruby install ruby rubygems ruby-mysql
Install mongrel: sudo gem install mongrel_rails

WRT54G and Netgear DGN2000 wireless bridge

I just spent a number of hours setting up the network in my new unit. The phone line is in the kitchen, and due to wife reasons, running a cat 5 through the middle of the unit, over to the office wasn’t an option. Anyway, I used a new DGN2000 Adsl, Wireless router in the kitchen and then wanted to use the wifi to bridge to my old WRT54G in my office, so the wired network in the office could access the net.

The configuration required for the DGN2000 was very simple, just set it up as you normally would. I manually specified which channel I wanted for the wifi and setup WPA2 with a shared key.

Then on the wrt54g, I reset the unit to its default which I read can help performance (option in the tomato firmware: erase all NVRAM). I then grabbed the latest Gargoyle firmware (I tried the svesoft and tomato firmwares without any luck) and loaded it up. When you login to Gargoyle, just follow the prompts, enter the SSID of the netgear, select the correct channel and enter the security details. I also recommend leaving/putting the wrt554g router on a seperate subnet to reduce broadcast traffic and increase speed through the wifi. That worked for me.

Its funny how things work out

Business is always an exciting realm. I was reflecting on the last 6 months in business and its been very interesting. I ended up making some decisions I thought were best at the time with a strong belief things would work out, and low and behold finally they have.

Its such a relief to take a stand for what you believe in and whats best for you and it actually works out in your favour. I just have to remember this time down the track and draw on the experience because I know life will not always be like this.

On Another note..
The plans for moving overseas are going very well. I’m bashing my way through the last stages of this project that I want completed before I leave, and I should even have some time to polish it and give some other tasks some much needed time.

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