[windows2000] Fun with Networking

  • From: "Greg Reese" <GReese@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 23:08:27 -0400

My company runs residential communities for the elderly and nursing homes in 
Florida.  One of them is in Port Charlotte which took a direct shot from 
hurricane Charley on Friday.

Fortunately, all our buildings there are made out of poured concrete and can 
take just about anything a hurricane can dish out.  But we did have some roof 
problems, blown out widows, and no power or water.  We don't expect to have any 
of this back anytime soon either.  Our employees are also dealing with their 
own disasters.  Amazingly, there entire are has no phone services, no cell 
services, but our AT&T frame relay is up and running just fine and never went 
down.  The terminals we have running on auxiliary power are running and 
connecting just fine.

We are moving all of our residents to a couple nice hotels in Tampa (Harbor 
Island for those who know Tampa) while we straighten out our location in Port 
Charlotte and make it livable again.

This gets fun because I have to set up remote offices at the hotels for 
operations and activities.  I have a Watchguard firebox at out main office and 
can easily make a VPN connection with another Watchguard device at the hotel.  
From there, terminals can connect back to my metaframe farm with no trouble.

The trick is that the connection available to me is wireless. I am trying to 
find a device (quick) that will bridge the wireless connection available at the 
hotel to my Watchguard as the external connection.  Since we started this on a 
Sunday, I have not yet had a chance to ask the IT staff at the hotel for a 
wired connection.  I am organizing on a worst case scenario and just wanted to 
get some ideas from everyone.

all ideas greatly appreciated!

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