Personal Telco University DVD

This is a place to plan and document the PTPU-DVD.

History

PersonalTelcoUniversity was a program started under DarrenEdin's presidential term and had sessions in 2004 and 2005. The goal was to have a series of somewhat-formal classes that could be taken by anyone (for a small tuition fee) and would be taught by PersonalTelco members. Upon the completion of the class, students would be prepared to build wireless networks. Despite meager attendance, the program succeeded in it's overall goal to educate those who wanted to be educated.

What's This?

The PersonalTelcoUniversityDVD is an attempt to take everything good about PersonalTelcoUniversity and distill it onto a digital medium so that classes can be seen by anyone, not just those with geographical or chronological proximity. Credit goes to Mr. TomHiggins who birthed the concept. Today, it is the primary project of CalebPhillips in his (not-yet-announced) role of DirectorOfEducation.

To Do

This is in chronological order, a sort of timeline.

Classes

An evolving list of classes which may be featured on the DVD.

Topic

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Scheduled

Filmed

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About PersonalTelco

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Site Survey

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About Wireless Networks

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Operational Security

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Installing and Maintaining Debian Linux

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Network Maintenance

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Basic Radio Physics

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802.11 Physical Layer

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Basic Digital Communications

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OpenWRT/OpenWGT

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Linux

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Abusing 802.11

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TCP/IP Networking

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Class Descriptions

About PersonalTelco: Previously taught by DarrinEden at PersonalTelcoUniversityFall2004. Gives an overview of the organizational structure of the Personal Telco Project including it's mission, history, business structure, and operations.

Site Survey: Previously taught by JasonMcArther. Everything you need to know to do a site survey including coverage of Kismet (and other software sniffers), interference, and multi-path fading. Previously taught at PersonalTelcoUniversity.

About Wireless Networks: A high level introduction on how to use an access point (PersonalTelco's or otherwise) and how to set one up.

Operational Security: Cryptography and why you should love it and use it. Including useful things like use of gnupg, application layer security, and Link-layer security (WEP, WPA, etc.). Previously taught at PersonalTelcoUniversity.

Installing and Maintaining Debian Linux: Walk through the install process. Using apt-get etc. Previously taught at: PersonalTelcoUniversityFall2004.

Basic Radio Physics: Some refreshing math! Watts and Decibels. Frii's equation and free-space propogation loss. Antennae. Cable/equipment insertion loss. Fresnell issues. Other fun stuff! I am going to try to rope TroyJaqua or Russell Senior into this.

802.11 Physical Layer: 802.11 without all the boring MAC stuff. Spread-spectrum techniques and Digital modulation.

Basic Digital Communications: Modulation and demodulation. Fourier stuff.

OpenWGT/OpenWRT Fun: How to make off-the-shelf embedded hardware run linux and do useful things. OpenWGTStumbler, OpenWGTRepeater, OpenWGTNode.

Linux: Introduction to linux. Some history and discussion of software-freeness is a must. Can we get the FreeGeek people or PLUG to do this one?

Abusing 802.11: A short documentary on the Personal telco field-day and how we tried (and succeeded) at making 802.11 do something it should never be able to do.

TCP/IP Networking: TCP/IP, the 7 layer view, network components. Previously taught at: PersonalTelcoUniversityFall2004.

Network Maintanence: How to use tools like Cacti and Nagios to maintain a healthy network. Previously taught at: PersonalTelcoUniversityFall2004.