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First post! ZOMFG! l33t!

This post is officially made from the DefCon 19 Network!

The core is up and working. A couple IDF's still have to be patched. Wall ports & floor jacks are mostly patched by the hotel, just need to be patched panel-to-switch in the IDF's. The last of the AP's are being provisioned right now by Luiz & Erick (he's new this year, say hi to him!). The NOC is up & functional!

What's really most exciting for us right now is that we are at least 36 hrs ahead of schedule right now! Some of the IT guys were around and, even though they didn't expect us to be working setup today, stuck around and helped us get stuff done! I think we may owe them a beer or two.

Public wireless will come online throughout this week; the Hotel has to hang AP's as space is available in all the conventions spaces - Right now there's the CHART group (Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers) and EVO 2011 (a gaming con) in here. The gamers are very DefCon-esque: They were stealing chairs from the CHART rooms, a train of gamers carrying charts across hallways.

We have arrived and unpacked. With hotel staff on-site & able to help us today, we expect to have the "core" network up today and the NOC fully functional. Well ahead of schedule!

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Well, for us, tomorrow begins the madness! Mac & I caravan up from San Diego tomorrow, with most everyone else on Sunday.

Some gear's been shipped. Most the rest is coming up in my truck. Got enough cabling to LAN-ify the workshops per requests. WiFi's working, core gear's setup & working. Need to finish up some stuff on the Mobile Edition agenda-app, but it's nearly done. It's going to be a great year at the Rio!

Got the last of the video encoders today - this to make sure DefCon TV will over-flow into your hotel rooms across 5 channels!

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http://v6.defconnetworking.org

The DefCon 19 Network will offer IPv6 on all networks. We're going to be running dual-stack v4/v6.

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What will you do with v6?

DefCon Mobile Edition v2.0 (DCMEv2). T3ase has been hard at work, re-doing the front-end for the Mobile Edition web-app, taking feedback from last year, ensuring better multi-device compatibility, etc. He seems to be really proud of it, but hasn't let anyone see it yet - should I be worried? :)

Less than 3 weeks til the DCNET crew heads to Vegas. We're planning a full test of network gear this weekend, doing our best to make sure we've got everything as done-as-possible prior to being on-site. Since it's a new year, new hotel, we're trying to be prepared against the unexpected.

We have most everyone's network requirements on our list at this point. Contest area may be our biggest challenge - I think we have requests for more drops than we have wall jacks in that room. That's what switches are for :)

Looking to pre-gen user credentials for the WiFi this year and hand them out with badges. Would you rather have pre-gen'd creds, or sign up for your own? I've posted the question over on the DC19 Network Thread on the Forums.

Everything is coming together, as it always does. Not looking forward to the Vegas heat. However, the World Carnival Buffet might be worth it ;)