1) So my big task for the day was to restore internet connectivity on a yacht. Company I work for is in process upgrading their whole network and server infrastructure, and lacking internet is severely hampering our ability to work.

So this boat is in a paint shed. That's why it has no connectivity. Big metal Faraday cage around it. No VSAT, bad cellular, etc. So we got the marina to put in a cable.

But the cable is too short. So I get a PoE-powered Ethernet repeater to get there.

2) the cable is landed in the Engine Room

They tell me that they want me to run the cable through two fire doors and into the boat proper, then up stairs and into the AV closet to wire directly into the router.

I think that's a stupid plan, especially because they would have to reel it back every night, disconnecting from the Internet, to close the fire doors.

So instead, I run it back to the Engine Control Room and hook it up to a port that's permanently wired back to AV.


3) Obviously this is already a better solution. I track down the port on the patch panel and confirm connectivity.

Problem is, they still haven't given me the credentials to the router/load-balancer. I'm extremely fortunate that I was able to find a WAN port that was configured for DHCP!

Everything is back online, and finally the work can continue.

4) Marine IT sucks. But yachts have deep pockets, so off I go!

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