General Meeting Topic – May 2019

May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Discussing the Basics of Network Connectivity

Presenter: Kenneth Tubaugh

Are you frustrated with your slow internet connection? Is your Wi-Fi network a little “flaky”? Are you paying Spectrum, WOW, AT&T, or whomever to rent equipment for internet connectivity? Do you wish you had more control over your online privacy? Then come out to the next Columbus Computer Society General Meeting on April 17th, 2019.

On the 17th, Kenneth Tubaugh will be discussing the basics of network connectivity starting at the very beginning: the internet’s entry point into your home or business. The following topics will be covered:

  • What is a modem? What does it do?
  • What is a router?
  • How do you know if your firewall is really protecting you?
  • What is a network switch?
  • What is a Wi-Fi Access Point (AP)?
  • How does all of this equipment connect your computer, tablet, and smartphone to the internet?
  • How can I thwart my ISP’s snooping techniques?
  • How do I set up an entire network from soup to nuts?

With over 70 million devices shipped in over 200 countries and territories in the world, Kenneth will be focusing on equipment from Ubiquiti Networks’ wide array of high-performance networking products. They offer gear that will meet nearly everyone’s needs and cover budgets from $59.00 to $59,000. If you are a novice computer user or a networking engineer, you owe it to yourself to explore the line of products that Ubiquiti Networks offers to the world.

As an added bonus, Ubiquiti Networks’ products are based on proven, open-source software running Debian Linux at its core. This is great news! Why? Because we can look at the underpinnings of the software running this equipment, trust but also verify Ubiquiti’s code, and quickly discover and rectify security vulnerabilities to benefit the opensource community at large.