The Armory Network
In September of '91, my housemates and I decided that it was time to connect
our machines together via Ethernet (thinnet).
This turned out to be harder than expected, due to various problems including
a BNC tee adapter that after much hair-pulling was found to be missing its
The first machines linked were deepthought (running XENIX at that time) and
ex-housemate Bela's machine r-pentomino.
On Thanksgiving Day of 1993, our Internet connection went live via a 128Kbps
We now have a 1MBps SDSL connection.
The current machines are:
The first multiuser machine at the Armory, initially running XENIX (a variant
It is now a dual Xeon 3.6GHz PCIE machine with 2GB of memory, 1.7TB of
disk space, and 34 serial ports.
It is our open access machine, with all of the general dialup lines and most of
the accounts (1500 or so) on it.
deepthought is powered through an APC SmartUPS 2200 connected to an external
48V 60A-Hr battery pack.
It is administrated by John
Aldebaran is Mike's machine.
It has a few accounts on it, and has its own DSL connection in addition to
being on the Armory network.
- John's workstation
- A Lexmark OptraColor 45 inkjet printer.
- An HP PSC 2510 printer/scanner/etc., the main house printer.
- X Terminals
- I was given a bunch of Tektronix XP10 X terminals by a generous donor.
Currently, two of them are on the net, one each in the upper and lower living
rooms, replacing two of the Wyse 60 character terminals as login points.
The iMac that lives in the lower living room, mainly acting as a login point
and media hub.
- An OS/X Mac in the upper living room, acting as a scanner workstation and
for general household use.
- SDSL Router
Our SDSL router connects our house Ethernet to the rest of the Internet through
a DSL.net-provisioned SDSL line that delivers
packets to our IP provider, also DSL.net.
The router is powered through a UPS so that the other UPS-powered
equipment in the house does not loose Net connectivity during short power
- ports & ports2
ports lives in the garage at the wiring nexus, and servers the lower living
room and bathroom terminals.
ports2 serves the upper living room loft and subloft terminals.
- Provides dialup PPP connectivity for an off-site user.
- A 3com Audrey, slated to act as the lower living room music server.
- A SlimDevices Squeezebox that
plays music in the garage (also connected to an FM radio transmitter so that I
can listen while wearing workshop hearing protection).