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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 22 9:55 am    Post subject: Local access point forum. Reply with quote
    

I have an idea, or part of an idea, to put a discussion forum on a local WiFi access point.
Something like a virtual noticeboard at the end of the street.

I'm not sure why, but I think there is some purpose to keeping it local and not connected to the internet.

The question here is of how hard is it to host a small forum, and how best to do it.

My thinking is to do it as cheap and lightweight as possible, so that we can make lots and distribute them widely.
On that basis, I thought maybe host it on something like a Raspberry Pi, but I wonder if we could use something even lighter, like an ESP32...

jema
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 22 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Probably beyond an esp32.

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 22 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Would this present security concerns for ones home network?

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 22 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

probably

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 22 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

jema wrote:
Probably beyond an esp32.

Is it?
A forum as sophisticated as this one may be beyond them, but they're certainly capable of hosting a web page with a text editor.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 22 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Slim wrote:
Would this present security concerns for ones home network?

It shouldn't do if it isn't connected to it.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 22 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I can see your point, but we have several local FB pages which work very well. People put up warnings of local road closures, things for sale or to take for free, things they need, recommendations for trades people, all that sort of thing. Was that what you were after or just an electronic notice board where only one person has access to posting?

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