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Experiences with BOWL: Managing an Outdoor WiFi Network (or How to Keep Both Internet Users and Researchers Happy?)
Citation key FHKMSS-EWBMOFN-11
Author Fischer, Thorsten and Hühn, Thomas and Kuck, Robin and Merz, Ruben and Schulz-Zander, Julius and Sengul, Cigdem
Title of Book Proceedings of the 25th Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA '11)
Pages 287–292
Year 2011
ISBN 978-931971-88-1
Location Boston, MA, USA
Month December
Organization Usenix
Abstract The Berlin Open Wireless Lab (BOWL) project at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) maintains an outdoor WiFi network which is used both for Internet access and as a testbed for wireless research. From the very beginning of the BOWL project, we experienced several development and operations challenges to keep Internet users and researchers happy. Development challenges included allowing multiple researchers with very different requirements to run experiments in the network while maintaining reliable Internet access. On the operations side, one of the recent issues we faced was authentication of users from different domains, which required us to integrate with various external authentication services. In this paper, we present our experience in handling these challenges on both development and operations sides and the lessons we learned.
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