Long time no hear

You haven't head from us in a while now. But we've been busy. Read here why!

One, we were just really busy ourselves. We have some big projects coming up within ramnet, and some of us are busy learning for their exams.


Two, our newsletter took a break. We are currently looking for a way to revive it. So if any of you has some spare time on hand and a bit of a talent for writing (in English): feel free to contact us. You would have to summarize and write about the events that happened in the last month. But don’t worry, we would provide you with info about those events.


On to today’s topic: What has happened since our last update?


We’ve been upgrading our servers recently. In addition to our lonely Dell we have now another Dell sitting on top of the pre-existing one. With that we have reached a good level of high-available infrastructure. The new Dell has already work to do. It is currently running our new NAT-gates. Some may have noticed that our User count has permanently went up by about 200 clients online. So we have now corrected our graph for that. (See here: https://www.ram.rwth-aachen.de/links/netzstatus)


We have also started a DHCP Server which is currently in an alpha phase. What does it do? It can give you dynamically an IP address, so you wouldn’t have to put it in yourself anymore. In that regard it works perfectly, and new members already use it. But we still have to do a lot of stuff manually which isn’t the projected functionality.
What it should do someday is, when you plug in your device you get redirected to our new user management (Go Jenni!) where you put it your User ID and your password and then you can just start surfing. We also what to provide you with your own personal network where just you can interact between all devices (e.g. printers, smart TVs, etc.) even though they are connected to our network.


Okay, so what is that all for you ask? Why change stuff although everything worked just fine? It’s for our next big project:


You heard, we are currently working on a Wi-Fi network much like eduroam for ramnet. We want to have a stable fast secure Wi-Fi network that operates throughout the RAM and we have a pretty good idea how we are going to do that.

Our main problem is, we don’t have a funny name for the network. That and the hardware we want to use isn’t out yet and it’s not that cheap. We can’t afford to put a device in every apartment but may be forced to because of what this building is made out of.

We will start beta tests in about two or three weeks. A complete rollout is not planned yet. So look out for the next mail when we start to ask for that.


In other news we are working on translating our documents to English. Those translations won’t be official and legally binding, but at least you will understand what they say. Our goal is that we will have a version of our three core documents in every language spoken here available. For that we are looking for translators. So if you speak German and/or English and a third language (fluently) then contact us, and you can help us help new members.


That’s all for today. So see you on Tuesday at 9 pm.

Until next time.

The board