[EuroPython] Internet connectivity for speakers

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton luke.leighton at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 20:29:55 CEST 2010

On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 12:05 PM, Nicholas Tollervey <ntoll at ntoll.org> wrote:
> Hi Guys,
> I have a question: given last years rather problematic wifi - will there be some means of guaranteeing Internet connectivity for the speakers (I'd love to do a "live" demo during one of my talks and in order to do that I'd need a connection)? Perhaps a CAT5 lead for the sole use of speakers thus by-passing wifi wobbles might be possible..?

 a 3G USB dongle as backup i found, generally, worked well, despite
warnings received about mobile phone connectivity being "extremely
patchy" in the concrete-steel-laced building.

 i have two - one three.co.uk and one vodafone: the vodafone one
doesn't have any credit on it but if you're stuck that's easily
rectified.   usbserial modprobe aliases are all that's required -
unlike the newer usb dongles from huawei which deep joy of joys are
registered as a usb memory stick when they power up, and require a USB
message sent to them (for which there is even a debian package
including a udev hotplug script... deep joy) in order to get them to
flip over to usbserial.


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