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Date:      Tue, 30 Aug 2005 00:59:43 +0300
From:      "ANdrei" <lists@hausro.de>
To:        <freebsd-hardware@freebsd.org>
Cc:        Dan Ponte <dcp1990@neptune.atopia.net>
Subject:   Re: building an older server
Message-ID:  <001e01c5ace5$f62c16e0$b47ba8c0@maximus>
References:  <000101c5ac82$66f25290$b47ba8c0@maximus> <20050829171305.GA70155@neptune.atopia.net>

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> I personally use 802.11b for the server (Linksys WMP11 v2...it's an old
> card, but wi(4) works with it).

I have no money to put into this server, the hardware mentioned is already 
in my workroom, lying around, but I can't afford to buy more. So I can use 
any hardware from like 15 motherboards, lots of NICs and so on (all old :), 
but this is just what I thought to be the most appropiate for building a 
server, mainly because I considered 2 processors of 400MHz to be better then 
1 of 800MHz, and because I considered that this motherboard is probably 
designed more carefully and for enduring more, being a board designed for 
servers, even if an old model...
The  wifi cards I have are both 802.11g, I would use 802.11b if I had one, 
but I don't :) And besides I thought that once u have a 802.11b in your 
802.11g-only network, the data throughput will be a bit slowed down on all 
clients (not down to 11MBps, but not as good as without the 802.11b client 
in ur network) - can anyone confirm this (we had a review on this in our 
CHIP Magazine, a few months ago).

> I can't comment here, as I only use WEP, and have only used 6 on a
> workstation.


well, any impressions appreciated: what did the 6 "feel" like? rock-stable 
or whacky? :)
another big question: is WEP really that bad? I mean, how fast can you crack 
it? Is it just paranoia, or can any kid in my neighbourhood get into my 
network? I don't expect to have THE HACKER roaming around where my server 
is, but there are occasional kids and neighbours who might try their 2 words 
computer-science they know on my network...
so should I relax and go for 5.4 with WEP and not be stressed to get the 6.x 
with PSK?


> You might want to check HARDWARE.txt if it's supported. An apropos(1)
> here for "HighPoint" only yields results for hptmv(4), which supports
> the RocketRAID 128x. You will most likely want to recompile it into your
> kernel if such support exists; you should do so anyway, to reduce the
> bloat and get rid of unnecessary drivers in your kernel. By the way, my
> machine uses an Abit BH6 (single CPU, pIII/500).

I'll check for support. I don't have access to a FreeBSD box at this moment, 
so I'm planning all theoretically. Once I'm close the FreeBSD box again I'll 
check, but that will also be the moment I have to quickly decide what to use 
:) and I try not to wait until then to get an idea of everything ;)
I will recompile the kernel anyway, but the question is if I can install on 
disks on that controller from the beginning, or do I have to do it first on 
a normal controller and only after recompiling will I see my disks on the 
HighPoint?
btw, this is same genration of motherboard: any stability issues? they are 
supposed to be rock solid, right?...


> Use the SMP kernel (or put options SMP into yours) and it should work.
> Most options in GENERIC should suit you fine re: processor options.

I'll check with the handbook on this one :)

> If it works, why not? You may be able to use gvinum or whatever we're
> using these days for software RAID; check the handbook for more info.

tks, this was the hint I was in need for, as I had no idea what to use ofr 
software RAID. I'll check that in the handbook, too.


tks for your kind reply,
ANdrei
---
The problem with our world is stupidity.  I'm not saying there should
be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the
safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself? 




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