Thursday, March 23, 2006

Münich re-visited

So I'm back in Münich as part of my upgrading corporate firewalls world-tour. The weather is pretty shitty, I could swear I saw snow falling down this morning. It's cold, grey and boring.

On the upside, had a couple of brewskies last night, I have got to give it to the Germans, they do know how to serve a tasty beer:

Spend a considerable amount of time on the phone with Deutsche Telekom... my god, what an ordeal. Apparently very few employees with T-Kom are able/willing to speak English - and, unfortunately, the ones that say they do, are complety incomprehensible.
We are converting our Office-Connect line, to a T-DSL business line - not a big deal, right ? Wrong !
They are obviously removing the Office-Connect router, and setting up some DSL equipment. Only they installed a DSL-modem (without router functionality) - so in order to get it working, we would have to install a Windows XP box directly on the modem... *sigh*..

Had to find a T-Kom store, and go fetch a DSL-Router... Sinus 154 DSL Basic SE.. With integrated WiFi and configurable by a "nice" web interface.. that basically only works with IE... *sigh* *sigh*

Obviously this beautiful web interface is only in German, and completely illogical. Anyway, managed to disable WiFi, NAT, and the builtin firewall - and in addition, point the fixed IP that we've purchased , directly on our own firewall (running FreeBSD naturally).

Today, tidying up - cleaning out the old firewall, and helping the sales staff here, with their small tech issues...

Back tonight, and leaving for Denmark on Sunday...


Roberto said...

But at least you got some good beer in you, and that's what matters... right?

mich said...

Hell yeah.. else this whole damn trip just wouldn't have been worth while ;)