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Comment Apple Airport Extreme with Guest Network (Score 1) 332

Just pick up an Apple Airport Extreme WiFi base station. They're "mesh"-able so you can stack additional units into a network to expand it out -- but for your use case, you can set up a guest access network that you can change the password to. This way, your base network does not have to change their settings at all, and you can simply set up the guest network on a per event basis with new credentials.

Cost: $179
Support article on guest network:

Upside, you also get some wicked strong WiFi, dual band 802.11n/a/b/g.
Downside, max out @ 50 clients (according to product page)


FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

Comment Working Conditions (Score 2, Informative) 211

Is there a good desk working area? Is there a landline/PBX for you to make calls from? Is there decent mobile phone reception in the work area and by your cabinet? Can you eat food or bring drinks into the work area or around your cabinet? Is it in a shady neighborhood, where you might feel a little intimidated bringing in tens of thousands of dollars of emergency IT equipment @ 3 AM? In the event that your credentials aren't working (i.e. hand scanner, ID card swipe), can they let you in remotely, or is it manned 24/7? Is it carrier neutral and are there other backbone providers that you can connect with? Do they charge for running cables between cabinets, especially in cases where the cabinets are not adjacent? What is the max amperage that they'll provide per cabinet? Do the rack cabinet doors remove easily? Are there chairs available, and damn it, are they comfortable?

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