||[Feb. 4th, 2005|08:56 pm]
DIY Geek Projects
Ok, heres the deal. There is this nifty little program that Gregg told me about that creates a secure (encrypted) private P2P network. It could be somewhat of a public P2P network, but that defeats the purpose of having it. I am gonna post some instructions to download, install, and set up the program, and after that, give you an idea of how to use it.|
First, go to Waste and download the latest versrion for your operating system (Win, Unix/Linux, or Mac). After the download is finished, open it up and install it, following the prompts as they occurr, and yes, it is necessary to move the mouse when instructed to. The program has a nifty way of generating a random user key which makes it impossible to generate the same key more than once. NOTE: Use the reccomended encryption because higher encryption settings will cause higher load times for users.
After the instillation is completed, open it up, and click File -> Preferences. Next, click on Private Key, and click "Copy my public key to the clipboard". If you dont have a private key, then you didnt set up the program properly, however, you can generate a new one by clicking "Generate Private key..." in the same menu. This key is used to allow other people to connect to you and download files from you.
To gain access to anyone elses files you are going to need their "public key". Once you get their public key, save it to a txt file, and then open the Properties menu again, this time clicking on "Public Keys". Click on add, and search for the txr file you saved with someones user key. This will add them to your list. Others will have to do this with your key, and it is NOT adviseable to post your key in any forums or send the txt file with your key around. The whole idea of this is to keep things on the down-low.
Now would be a good time to set up which files you have shared. In the Properties menu, click on "Sending" under the "File Transfers" menu and click "Add" to specify which folder(s) you want to share. These will be the only folders accessable by other users. If you add files to these folders over time, you probably want to click "Rescan" to add the new files to the database of downlaodable files.
The final piece of information you are going to need is your IP Address and the IP Address of the user you are trying to connect to. Click here to find your IP Address. In the Network Status window, paste the IP Address of the user you are attempting to connect to, and then press the connect button to the right. If everything is set up properly on your network (and the network of the user(s) you are attempting to connect to), you will be to browse their files by right clicking on the username in the Main Waste window and pressing Browse.
There is also a nifty private chat server created between you and the users on your list of users meaning you can conduct encrypted (i believe) chat back and forth. Also note, all of the files sent between you and the user are encrypted during transmission, so the user key is absolutely necessary for operation of the program. There are plenty of other options to play with that may or may not be of interest, however, this is the basics of the program, and these instructions should get you up and running.