Thursday, June 12, 2014

Innovation Lab's 1st Workshop: LibraryBox!

TP-Link 3G/4G Wireless Router

Today was the Innovation Lab's first workshop! We built an Online File Distribution System using LibraryBox. According to the project's website, LibraryBox v2.0 is a combination of a router, USB drive, and open source software that, when combined, gives you a small, low powered webserver. This webserver will distribute files (e.g., .STL files for 3D printing, open access e-books/articles, project blueprints, videos, apps, and more) that are stored on a 32 Gb USB drive, which is connected to the TP-Link 3G/4G wireless router.

Building LibraryBox
3 people, including me, worked together today to build a LibaryBox, which will store/distribute files for the Innovation Lab. We followed the well-written instructions at the LibraryBox website and it took us about an hour to have a working web server! During the workshop, we were asked why we wanted to build this instead of buying one ready-to-go out of the box and we said that this is the whole purpose of the lab. We had a few issues come up while building LibraryBox and as a group we solved them. It was a great collaborative learning experience, which is one of the main tenets of the Innovation Lab!

Using PuTTY to securely connect to the router via SSH.

The group had to enable telnet in Windows and later learn the basics of SSH in order to password protect the router.

Connect to LibraryBox Wi-Fi Network

To use LibraryBox, a user would connect to the "LibraryBox - Free Content!" Wi-Fi network and then launch a web browser, which will automatically redirect the user to the LibraryBox homepage on any device.

LibraryBox home page with menu option

The LibraryBox homepage embedded on the TP-Link router now includes information about the project, and links on the menu for downloading a variety of file types. You can browse the contents of the Shared folder, and download any files you'd like.  There is an integrated chat feature on the homepage and the group working on building this today plans on exploring its potential. Stay tuned!

 The Innovation Lab's LibraryBox is on the map!

We are now on the LibraryBox map!
Visit the Innovation Lab [Makerspace @ SPC] and explore with us!

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