At 10:45 AM 16/1/96, rowney, paul wrote:
> Can anyone advise on the specification and estimate cost for
> installation of a full internet domain from scratch connected to a
> 64kb leased satellite line. This would include the domain server,
> software, and training, and any other bits and bobs needed. Also, how
> does a country such as Rwanda obtain the necessary IP address for the
> country, who should we contact to get on line, and who can provide the
> necessary technical assistance for such an installation..
Depends on whether money is the object.
In any case I would go with two or better three Pentiums with at least 16MB,
better 32MB with at least a Giga each if not more, each with CD ROM, tape
drive and ethernet cards. Don't go with SPARCs or HP or something else
powerful but uncommon, even if you get them donated. Go with what they
might be able to repair/replace locally quickly.
One you need as DNS and Mail Server, one as WWW etc server and for the users.
Now the Africa option: :-)-O
The third should have two of these large disks and you run it as spare one disk
each mirroring the live ones every night. If one of the others fail, you
pull the component and replace it.
That'll be 8000-10000$US each or less.
Two CISCO routers, the 2511 has 16 dialin ports for PPP, so you need 22 Penril
Modems (2 each for each Box). It has RS232 ports for the VSAT ground terminal.
The second one is for backup unless the local CISCO distributor can *GUARANTEE*
24 hour turnaround on the replacement.
The CISCOS should be around 3000 to 5000 $US each including software and cables.
There is only one excuse for not taking CISCOs, namely that the ISP on the
other end uses other routers (unlikely) but then you go with what they use
because that will make router configuration much easier.
Penrils will be 500$ each.
UPS for the lot. 5000$ ?
Software: one copy of InfoMagic Linux with updates twice a year 100$ per year.
Books: Networking Guide by Olaf Kirch, O'Reilly +- 25$US (and on the CD ROM).
Training? Send one guy each on UNICEF expense to the ISCO conference and
workshop's three tracks in Canada. Make sure they speek English, they will have
a french workshop but a network manager must be fluent in English to communicate
with people willing to help. French only limits the choices too much (This
consensus of the participants of the West African Regional RINAF Training Course
I held the other day in Senegal (in French of course :-)-O)).
You must register the top level domain for Ruanda (RW?) if not already registed
with [log in to unmask] If it is registered you must get hold of the
contact who must reside within Ruanda or you can ask him to relinquish this to
someone residing in Ruanda.
Ask the Internic for IP numbers. They will be difficult, because there just are
not many numbers left, so you must present a well designed engineering plan
with at least one year lookahead. Your ISP can also give you the numbers
but if you ever change the provider you'd have to renumber *ALL* computers.
Have you got an ISP in mind?
However the main problem I see is UNICEF is funding this. Who is going
to sustain this after you leave?
You know our approach here and trying to find local users first will work
better in the long run.
Dr. Eberhard W. Lisse \ / Swakopmund State Hospital
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Swakopmund, Namibia ;____/ Zone/Domain Contact for the NA-DOM
Vice-Chairman, Board of Trustees, Namibian Internet Development Foundation,
an Association not for Gain. NAMIDEF is the Namibian Internet Service