The idea for a Ceiling mounted server originated on the Facepunchstudios.com forums (http://forums.facepunchstudios.com/showthread.php?t=520673)
The aim of a ceiling mounted serverEdit
Ceiling mounted servers are normally used to host a hidden game server or website on a school or other 3rd-party network without consent. They are run remotely using VNC or Remote Desktop. The reason people run ceiling servers is to save their Internet bandwidth, leeching off school network's allocation.
There´s also another goal with the ceiling server, Uptime. Since the power in schools is likely never turned off, it makes a perfect place to situate a ceiling server.
The original Ceiling server was intended for running game servers, However any server software can be ran such as Apache web server and an FTP server. Due to the inaccessibility of ceiling servers, Remote desktop servers such as VNC or Windows remote desktop are a must.
Ceiling server hardware consists of mostly outdated parts for a couple of reasons; Cost, Heat and replacability. Due to the nature of ceiling servers using expensive hardware is not wise. (See problems) Depending on the location of the ceiling server, It may be necessary to use fanless components to avoid detection. The original ceiling server's specs where:
|AMD Duron 1300+ (1300Mhz) Processor.|
|512MB of DDR RAM|
Later, extra hardware was added such as multiple network cards for setting up a wireless access point and a microphone.
Locations for Ceiling ServersEdit
Most Ceiling Servers are hidden in a roof or ceiling. They must be near a power source of some sort, and a network port/Internet connection. An alternative solution could be to connect via a wireless usb/pci card though this would prove unreliable.
Problems for ceiling serversEdit
|Discovery: Having your ceiling server discovered could be disastrous. If the finder was a snitch your server could be confiscated, if the finder liked the idea they might help with finding parts and equipment.|
|Firewalls: most schools have a firewall blocking internet traffic and diverting HTTP traffic to a filtering proxy, So most Ceiling servers have to be on a separate internet connection, or have the firewall allow all internet traffic to and from you server.|
|Breakdown's: having your server breakdown over a holiday break can be bad, Because access can be difficult and repairs in a cramped ceiling can be frustrating.|
|Noise: Depending on the location of a ceiling server installation, It may be necessary to use fanless components to avoid detection.|
|Other Implications: If the ceiling server was discovered, It could be mistaken for a bomb|
- Creators offical site, accessed 14-4-2008, http://jaomi.se/includes/server.php
- Best game(s) to host on a ceiling mounted server?, accessed 12-4-2008, http://forums.facepunchstudios.com/showthread.php?t=520673
- Digg Ceiling mounted server, accessed 12-4-2008, http://digg.com/pc_games/Ceiling_Mounted_Server