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Most of what can be achieved via
FEEDNET is courtesy of
software. The sheer hard work, altruism and inventiveness of all open source
authors is gratefully acknowledged here.
When you connect your home PC, smartphone or other device to a FEEDNET node
you will be able to access a variety of services without making use of any
public telecommunications between you, the service you are using or the
other operators that are using it. You must hold an amateur radio licence,
restrict your traffic to that which is permitted under the licence and remember
that your traffic is not encrypted.
For convenience the FEEDNET team has also provided a route into some of these
services from the internet. This provides some visibility of FEEDNET services via the web
is to demonstrate them more easily to a wider audience and thus to
encourage other groups to follow us in developing their own networks comparable
to FEEDNET. It is not used to provide real communications - just for
You can make your internet-connected PC behave exactly as if were plugged
directly into a node by establishing a VPN connection. Everything that
works on the MESH will work in exactly the same way on your PC. This facility is
secured by two factor authorisation by means of OATH tokens and is only
available to those licenced radio amateurs linked to the project.
VPN access. You need an OpenVPN ovpn client config file, a copy of the
server's public certificate, your user name, password and an OATH token
(this provides a second password that changes every 30 seconds).
Install OpenVPN on your PC. Obtain a server public certificate and an
OVPN config file from the FEEDNET team. Copy them to your OpenVPN config
file directory. Click connect and enter your user name when prompted.
You are then prompted for your password - enter the fixed part followed
by the 6 digit number on your OATH token (all continuous on the same
line). Click on OK or press enter. After a few seconds you should be
connected. You have the same DNS as users on the network so you can
enter in your web browser
http://localnode:8080 for example. If your PC has a smartphone
connected to it you can also make use of VOIP facilities of FEEDNET.
||Our IRC server is running on a Linksys
Router which is acting as a node on the FEEDNET network. It can be
accessed by VPN from your internet connected PC. It can be accessed
generally from the web but you'll need a password from the FEEDNET team.
||The fileserver is used by RAYNET
operators to upload, store and download any kind of files but typically
Word Documents and PDFs of operational information used during an
exercise, photographs and video clips taken at an incident for
collection by Control operators and subsequent passing to user services.
Accessible from the VPN.
VOIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. In smple terms its a
telephone facility using ordinary Voip telephone handsets. Our
VOIP is intended primarily for use over FEEDNET but of course can be
enabled for wider use if necessary. At the moment, VPN access only.
Forth Web Cam
||This steerable webcam is located in a
position overlooking the Firth of Forth. It streams continuously over
FEEDNET and other cameras can be added easily at any node location.
The webcam is available when connected through the VPN.
GM4WZG-Belgrade Node Status
A real-time view
of a key FEEDNET node status page. These status pages help us to understand
what connections have been made, how well the network is performing and
to advertise services. When someone adds a web cam for example, they
don't have to go telling everyone the details - a link to it appears on
all node status pages. Public viewing is limited to the Node status
page itself, and the wifi scan showing what wifi signals are competing
with the node at that given moment. Clicking on other links will lead to
web errors being reported. For proper access a VPN connection
can be established = contact FEEDNET team for info.
An email service is available. Everyone knows how to receive and send an
email even before they come to Feednet so this is a way of using your
existing knowledge and skills in the shortest time possible. Connect to
Feednet, configure your email account info and send/receive emails.
In our case we have made the email addresses
accessible both via internet and via RAYNET FEEDNET. So any station
connected to a node can send and receive emails to and from the Internet
using what is simultaneosly a publicly recognisable internet email
address and a private FEEDNET email address.