6:30 - 7:00: food and socialization
7:00: Jim Kauffman's DD-WRT talk
DD-WRT is a free, after-market BIOS upgrade that converts a consumer-grade Wi-Fi access point into a corporate-class router with features that come stock in routers costing hundreds or thousands of dollars. The operating system in DD-WRT routers is a custom Linux distribution and supports telnet and SSH (dropbear—server and client) in addition to the HTTP-based web interface for configuration and management. The lecture will start with a brief overview of Internet Protocol, Network Address Translation, Wi-Fi and encryption and then will include instruction and demonstration on how to identify routers that support DD-WRT, how to obtain and install the software, encrypted tunneling (using L2TP, PPTP and OpenVPN), wireless signal boosting/repeating past the typical 100 meter limit and using the router as a private SOCKS5 proxy server (tunneling over secure SSH).
About Jim Kauffman
Jim started programming in 1981 and worked as a programmer until 1993. Jim was a network engineer from 1993 until 2003 and managed networks for multi-national firms. Jim still manages some small networks for friends and old colleagues. Jim is currently working as a freelance consultant in the Chicago area implementing SAP for a manufacturer in Libertyville.
A special thanks to Veredus for sponsoring food this month!