[Rack] robot IP address still not working

Jake jake at spaz.org
Tue May 1 13:08:05 PDT 2012

It has been over six months since the robot wheelchair had an IP address.

Work on the robot has basically stopped since then, because there is no 
way to get into it from the outside world.

I do not have the ability to do anything about this myself, because the 
network at noisebridge is way too complicated for me to be able to do 
anything close to what I would have to do.  The most I can handle is 
setting up a router at a house with DSL, and turning on DMZ mode.
Otherwise I would have done it myself by now.

Since the robot can no longer be accessed from the outside world, all 
development on it has stopped.  It is frozen in time since the moment its 
umbilicus to the world was ruthlessly cut.

It is almost too late to get it to a point where it's worth taking to 
maker faire.  It doesn't do anything new.  A lot of scripts are not 
working and need massaging to get them back into order.

People have told me to use SSH port forwarding, but then they were unable 
to get it to work themselves, and there's extra lag because it has to pass 
through another machine.  It's not a solution at all.  Even if I could do 
it I wouldn't be able to explain it to the developers whose work I solicit 
on the robot.  It's not an option.

I don't understand why it's impossible to give the robot an IP address.


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