This page contains the things you need to know and do to be allowed to work in the AIRLab. It is especially targeted to students.
HOW TO become a registered user of AIRWiki
To become one of the registered users, you must request a user account for the AIRWiki. To do that, you can ask your Advisor or co-Advisor (the procedure to create a new user is described at the bottom of this page). If you need more information, send an email to eynard (at) elet (dot) polimi (dot) it.
If you are a student beginning her/his work within the AIRLab, please note that you must be a registered user before you can even enter the Lab. You must also be aware that anything you put into the public layer of AIRWiki will be published on the internet and visible by all the world. Always keep in mind the warnings!
Note: renewal for guests is not done through this procedure. The guest should go instead to Ms Laura Caldirola and have the documents printed out.
You cannot access the AIRLab without being authorized. You can get the authorization by following these steps:
- Read carefully the Safety norms and the AIRLab rules. Those documents are written in Italian: if you aren't able to read them, ask your Advisor.
- Become a registered AIRWiki user (see how at the bottom of this page). This also creates an empty personal page for you (you can reach it from here).
- Fill in your user page with your personal data and photo (read here how).
- Set up an AIRWiki page for the Project you will be working on, if it does not exist yet (directions for that are here).
- Fill in the "Access Registration Form", specifying which AIRLab sites (see The Labs) you need to access. Sign the Form and have your Advisor sign it too. Note that by signing you declare that:
- you have successfully completed the safety course of Politecnico di Milano;
- you will comply with the Safety norms of the AIRLab;
- you will comply with the "Procedure generali di emergenza" (emergency procedures) of the Department, which are printed on the form.
- Give the Form to Ms Laura Caldirola (DEIB, 1st floor). She will get it signed, first by Professor Bonarini (head of the AIRLab), then by the head of the Computer Engineering Section of the DEIB. Professor Bonarini will check that you prepared the required AIRWiki pages: if you didn't, your form ends in the trash bin. Otherwise, within a week your Form should come back to Ms Caldirola with all the required signatures on it (you can inquire by contacting her) and you can get it.
- Get your student badge enabled for access to the AIRLab by going to Ms Dora Ivanov (DEIB, ground floor). She will require:
- the Access Registration Form
- the certificate that you got by successfully completing the safety course
- your student badge.
It's done. Now you are an authorized AIRLab. The guards at the entrance of the AIRLab buildings will let you in, and your badge will open the AIRLab doors (for the sites you requested). Hooray!
HOW TO connect your laptop to the Internet
If you own a laptop computer, you can request an authorization to connect it to the (wired) LAN of the Department of Electronics and Information (DEI). This allows connecting to all the online resources of the DEI and to the internet (including the possibility to access and download non-free scientific papers for which the DEI has a subscription). You have to ask the Teacher responsible for your Project, who will have to follow this procedure.
Please note that you will have to specify the MAC (physical) address of your network interface card. This is done in this way:
- Linux: run the command ifconfig from a command prompt (shell screen). This command describes to you the physical network cards that your PC includes. The main one is usually called eth0: on the right of this name you will find (among other things) something like "HWaddr 00:11:22:aa:bb:cc". The 6 hexadecimal numbers separated by ":" are the MAC address.
- MAC OS X: see the procedure for Linux; the main network card here is usually called "en0".
- Windows: similar to the procedure for Linux, but using the command ipconfig/all instead of "ifconfig".
HOW TO create a new AIRWiki user
Sysop users (sysop users are these; if you are curious about what being a sysop means, read here) can create new AIRWiki users. This is necessary, for instance, to introduce a student to the AIRLab. Provided that you are a Sysop, to create a new AIRWiki user account you must:
- log in to the AIRWiki
- go to the login/create account page
- click on "create new account"
- fill in the data of the new user (the username should comply with AIRWiki's convention of "NameSurname").
This procedure also creates the personal page for the new user, but 'does not' fill in such page. The new user will have to fill it in by herself (see here to learn how).