HowTo Setup Your Client System To View Geolocation Data

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Client Tool Requirements

Once you've set up your NST system such that it can geolocate IP addresses, you will want to set up your client system such that you can view results. What you use as your client system is up to you. You can choose to use the NST system itself as your client system, or you can use some other system (Windows, Mac, ...) as long as you have access to:

  • A web browser (Firefox, Google Chrome, IE, Safari, ...).
  • Google Earth (to view KML and KMZ files).

Testing Your Setup

Lets verify that:

  • Your NST system is able to geolocate IP addresses.
  • And your client system is able to display the results.

To verify this, follow the Quick Start instructions and screen shots on the HowTo Geolocate traceroute Data data page. If you are able to produce similar results, then you should be good to go.

Installing Google Earth on a NST System

The NST distribution does not include Google Earth. While installing Google Earth onto a NST system, is typically a painless process, be aware of the following:

  • You probably won't want to install it unless the NST system has been installed to a hard disk. It's probably possible to run Google Earth from a live boot, but probably not worth the effort.

Here are the basic steps to installing Google Earth onto a NST system:

  • Make sure you download the 64 bit RPM version that is compatible with Fedora.
  • Assuming you saved the downloaded file to: "$HOME/Downloads/google-earth-pro-stable-current.x86_64.rpm, run the following commands (as root) to install Google Earth:
cd ~/Downloads
sudo dnf install google-earth-pro-stable-current.x86_64.rpm
  • After installation you should be able to launch Google Earth from the Applications/Internet menu. Alternatively, you should be able to run the following on the command line:
google-earth-pro &

NOTE: These instructions were updated for NST 26.