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Setting up your Computer with GENI Tools

Some of the tutorials at this camp will require you have a laptop that has:

  1. The Omni experimenter tool installed (Instructions)
  2. An ssh client (Instructions)
  3. A browser capable of running Flash clients, and (Instructions)

1. Install Omni

Please make sure to install/upgrade to Omni 2.6

Download and install omni following the instructions at: (You do not have to configure Omni at this time. You will be given instructions at the conference.)

Test the installation

  1. Open a new terminal window (or command prompt in windows (Start menu -> Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt)) and type
           omni --version
    If omni prints out its version number, you are all set!

2. SSH Client

Mac OS X/Linux

Mac OS X and Linux come with an ssh client you can run from a Terminal window. You do not need to install anything. Proceed to the Test SSH with Keys section below.


[recommended] FireSSH is a javascript based ssh client that runs in your browser:

Another option is BitVise:

Git For Windows supports ssh and has a git bash emulator:

Note: If you are using the Putty ssh client, you will need puttygen to convert the private keys used by GENI to Putty's format.

Test SSH with keys

You should have received a copy of an SSH private key by email.

To test your setup you will need these information:

  • username: sshtest
  • hostname:
  • port: 30778
  • passphrase for private key: v3rify

Mac OS X/Linux/Cygwin : Follow these instructions. If you see a prompt [sshtest@my-node ~]$ you are all set!
Windows : Follow these instructions. If you see a prompt [sshtest@my-node ~]$ you are all set!

3. Flash-enabled Browser

  1. You will need Google Chrome or Firefox.
  2. Make sure you are able to load The page should look like:

Note: If you do not have flash installed and you are using Firefox, install the Flash plugin for Firefox.

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