Chase 3000 Wireless Network

ONLINE USER GUIDE

 

Welcome to Chase 3000 Wireless Network!

 

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How to contact Chase 3000.
A word (or two) from the President of Chase 3000.
Learn about online educational opportunities.
*** Want to learn more about computers?  Want to know about "surfing," Internet basics, email, or online newsgroups?  This is ideal for "newbies." ***
Click here to learn much more about what wireless service is and about the grant Chase 3000 received to establish this network.
Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions most computer users have and our answers to them.
What kind of equipment is needed for wireless?
Some basics on the programs installed on Chase 3000 computers.
What Chase 3000 has done for your security.
How to avoid viruses (computer viruses everyone talks about).
You can learn to ping!
 

 

Our contact information is as follows:

§         PO Box 760
Imperial, NE.  69033
c3@chase3000.com (click on this link in order to email us)
(308)-882-3000

§         http://www.chase3000.com/ (click on this link to get to our main page)

·        If you have problems with anything related to operation of the Internet, give us a call.  If you have questions on running a certain program, it should be directed to the company that developed that program or to a tutor in the area.  You will find answers to many of your questions on Chase 3000’s web site at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

What you should know about Chase 3000 computers?

            Chase 3000 purchased its wireless computers in 1999.  At the time, they were up-to-date computers.  As you know, computers improve by leaps and bounds, sometimes within months of the "latest" breakthrough.  The wireless computers no longer have the fastest and biggest hard drives/memory that money can buy, but they are still very adequate to do the tasks for which they were designed.  If you are wanting the latest and greatest, you should look into purchasing a computer yourself.  

            The Chase 3000 computers are designed for distance learning and educational purposes.  Therefore, games with large memory or graphics needs (like flight simulators, for instance) do not work well on these machines.   Such programs would necessitate a replacement of the motherboard and the chip at a cost of about $250.  Keep in mind that programs such as Adobe Photoshop or graphics/photo editors should work just fine.  It is the high-speed, graphically intense games for which these computers were not designed.  Please remember that this computer was only $150 in cost for you and is meant to be utilized not only to create access to online jobs and education, but also so that you might become even more proficient with computers in this age of technology.  Chase 3000's goal is to bring new learning experiences and growth into our rural area.  And, maybe in our small way, start reversing the "brain drain."  (Note from Steve)

A Word from Steve Smith (tech guru, guy whose hobby got out of control and started this)

Why wireless?  It is always on.  It is fast.  I know this is valuable.  It will change the way people use the Internet.  Dealing with a slow 24k or 56k modem that takes a couple of minutes to connect severely limits use of the Internet.  When investigating how to bring you faster service, I looked at satellite, DSL, cable modems, and power line connections.  For those of us in the very rural areas, wireless is the only technology that is affordable and gives us fast information transfers. 

Why is fast and always-on important?  It allows you to do things that you cannot do with a phone line modem.  You can now easily run an online business that will make you a living from your home.  You can make free phone calls to anywhere in the USA.  You can download music in an acceptable amount of time. You can get an online education or maintain professional certification without leaving home. 

I believe the Internet has already changed the world.  I believe your connection to Chase 3000’s wireless network will allow you to participate in this change.  

It is said that information is power.  You now have at your fingertips access to huge amounts of information.  More information than in all of history. 

In time, this will change our entire society -- the way we teach children, the way we elect our representatives, the way we set policy, how we maintain our health, how we gain our local news, where and how we work, and even with whom we are friends. 

We wrote this USDA/RUS grant to let the local area participate in this today rather than several years from now.  It will give this area a jump on the rest of America. 

Eventually, everyone will be online, even those who think they have no use for such “contraptions.”  We want to create a pleasant place where you can help us learn as we share what little we know.

 

What kind of equipment is needed for wireless?

The wireless equipment for your home may include some or all of the following.  If you were fortunate enough to participate in the grant program, you enjoyed the discounted costs.  If you are seeing this page after grant funds are gone or you are a business that was ineligible for grant assistance, then please note that Chase 3000 is selling wireless equipment.  Or, you are welcome to purchase wireless equipment on your own.  We can consult you on what will work with our network.

  

Basics on the programs we've installed:

Zone Alarm – Free version available at the site, so look around a little.  This program controls access to your computer.  This program is activated on start up, and it blocks anyone from trying to access your computer.  If anyone even tries, it tells you.  It also blocks programs from sending information from your computer out onto the Internet without your permission. 

When a program tries, you will be asked if you want to allow access.  You will be given three options.  "No," "Yes - just this once," and "Yes, all of the time."  This is an important program and is your primary defense against your neighbors (fellow wireless network customers).  Chase 3000 protects you with a program at our location from the rest of the world.

Uninstalled Programs

          There are several programs that are ready to be used on your Chase 3000 computer (if you got one from us), but they must first be expanded.

To expand a program, do the following:

      This procedure will either cause the program to start installing itself or will cause it to expand and ask you where you want to store the program.  If it asks where to store the program, then select a temporary folder.  Keep in mind that If it is a .zip file, then you will need an unzipping program. You can find the one I recommend off the Chase 3000 recommend page. You can download it and it will expand itself, if you just double click on it.  If it is an .exe program, then you can just double click on it and it will open itself up.

    As a side-note, Windows Explorer can often be found as an icon on the left side of your task bar (just to the right of the START button).  The icon usually looks like a yellow folder with a magnifying lens on it.  Also, another way to commonly get to it would be to go to the "My Computer" icon on your desktop, right click on it, and choose "Explore" from the menu that pops up.


Security 

We have several layers of security.  When you are always on, as you are with the wireless, you are more vulnerable to hackers.  So, we protect all of the wireless Chase 3000 customers with a firewall.  This protects each of the wireless customers from the world.  To protect wireless Chase 3000 customers from each other, we use a second product called Zone Alarm.  This is placed on each wireless customer’s machine.  We recommend that even our dial-up customers acquire Zone Alarm, especially since they are not behind a firewall.  Zone Alarm is free and can be found at http://www.zonelabs.com/

Zone Alarm is a program that controls access to your computer.  Zone Alarm monitors all communication between your computer and other computers.  Communication between different computers is routed via ports.  Your computer has many thousands of ports, and they are normally open.  Zone Alarm closes all of these and allows no communication unless specifically allowed by you.  You can allow access on a case-by-case basis or always.  If anyone attempts to access your computer, Zone Alarm detects this and blocks the access.

In addition, the wireless radio cards that we use are capable of 64-bit encryption.  This limits the ability of anyone to eavesdrop on your communications. 

Plus, if you are concerned about someone reading your email, you can encrypt that as well.  PGP Freeware is a good email encryption program.

Finally, you might want to read our section on viruses.


Online Educational Opportunities

Chase 3000 has established relationships with educational institutions to help make it easy for you to access educational opportunities. These include: Christa McAuliffe Academy, Western Governors University, UCLA's OnlineLearning.net, Vcampus, and Dpec.

There are over 2000 online courses available. And, there are many more to come.  Please be sure to visit our Online Education page for links to sites with online classes (many for FREE!), as well as lists of higher education institutions in Nebraska and Colorado.


Avoiding Viruses!

·        To avoid email viruses, install an anti-virus program (one is available on your Chase 3000 computer, Norton Anti-Virus).  To learn to install the program, go here.  If you want to learn more about viruses or if you do not have a Chase 3000 computer (from the USDA/RUS grant program) and want to have an anti-virus program on your computer, then you should visit the Trend Micro.  Also, be sure to visit Chase 3000's virus information page.

 

Want to learn how to ping?

For those of you who enjoy diagnosing problems yourself or getting into the "nitty-gritty" of technological possibilities, this section is for you.  "Ping" is one of the most widely used commands used for Internet communications.  Ping is like knocking on a door and asking if anyone is home.  Then, you measure the time it takes for someone to answer.  That is what "ping" does on the Internet.   If you want to try it, get to your DOS prompt.  For most computers, go to your Start button, select "programs," then "MS-DOS Prompt."  A black window with a prompt should show up.

Type in:    doskey       and press enter.   (This allows you to hit the up arrow and repeat a command.)
Now, you can type in the ping command followed by various number sequences in order to "knock" on various computers/radios.

ping 172.16.20.1         This is the big radio at Terry Bilka's tower that relays the signal from Imperial to Wauneta.

ping 172.16.30.1        This is the radio at the Grant elevator.

ping 172.16.40.1        This is the radio at the CO./NE. state line (Amherst Coop Grain Bins).

ping 172.16.50.1        This is the radio on the leg at Colton's.

ping 172.16.60.1        This is the radio at the Wauneta elevator.

ping 172.16.70.1        This is the radio at Bill & Theresa Hayes' tower.

ping 172.16.80.1        This is the Holyoke water tower radio.

ping 172.16.20.100         This is the little radio at Bilka's tower that talks to you and your neighbors.

ping 172.16.0.1            This is the computer at the Chase 3000 office that controls access to the Internet.

ping 12.36.212.25        This is the mail server.

ping yahoo.com          This pings the outside world, as above, but also tests if the word-to-number translator is     
                                            working.

Also, there's a neat program called "Ping Plotter" that you might want to try.  Anyone with a Chase 3000 computer should already have the program on that computer.  Otherwise, for those of you who do not have it, go to this website to download and try it out:  http://www.pingplotter.com/

 

User Guide last updated:  September 22, 2006