Saturday, 27 August 2016

Into the fast lane

I spent today reconfiguring my network. There's a lot to do!

First, though, a speed test. This is a 100 megabit line. the tests that I've done indicate that I'm getting 92 megabits out of it, which I think is pretty good. That's also told me that the Pix 525 isn't acting as a bottleneck.

Reconfiguring isn't easy. Maybe if I did these every day, I'd be better at it, but this is a once-in-a-decade job.

Fortunately, a few years ago Daisy decided to change all my IP addresses. I begged and pleaded, but they insisted. So I had to learn how to change all my IP addresses, and it turned out to be not quite as horrible as I'd expected. And what I learned from that, has been useful in the current changes.

One of the first, and most difficult, jobs, was to get my email working on the new line. New IP addresses, new DNS servers, new nameserver addresses, and testing is really difficult because of the long lag between I make a change, and I see if it's working. But eventually I overcame all the (mostly self-made) obstacles, and I'm getting email from Facebook, from my gmail account, and (of course) spam. Who said spam isn't useful?

I've moved the Nightmail, the Robot Arm, and some other puzzles. But there's still masses to do. Oh well - tomorrow is another day!

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