[GLLUG] router for home
picasso at madflower.com
Wed Nov 14 12:04:50 EST 2007
Does Openwrt still work on the Linksys? I thought around v.4+ and that
started to fail. ??
It depends on how much security , how much configurability you want vs how
much you want to spend. :) I have seen people use everything from the 5
dollar wireless routers to 300-500 dollar routers with firewalls, traffic
shaping, the ability to create several routable networks and VPN
capabilities. The 300-500 dollar box one is nice if you don't trust the
wireless network and/or want to limit bandwidth usage and I think it had
failover to dial-up too.
I ran into issues with my 5 dollar belkin wireless one (b, i dont think it
was 5 bucks at the time I bought it.), when it only held 5 MAC addresses.
I tried upgrading to 2 different 10 dollar G ones (one was a Netgear), and
couldnt turn off the radio and I don't think it did MAC address filtering.
I like the ApplePorts, I have an Express for the iTunes and my stereo (ti
is hardwired with wireless turned off but it does have the ability to be
both a router and a client. Supposedly if you have a base statation are to
be able to overlap coverage without disconnecting. I think it is one of
the few that have a modem option. I don't know if it fails over though. :)
On Wed, 14 Nov 2007, Karl Schuttler wrote:
> My vote is for openwrt or dd-wrt on linksys WRT54GL as well. Embedded
> devices rock.
> On Nov 14, 2007 9:53 AM, Mike Neir <lists at obscuredomainname.com> wrote:
> > I currently have two Linksys WRT54GLs flashed with OpenWRT, and I highly
> > recommend it. OpenWRT gives you the flexibility of a linux system while
> > still giving you the benefits of a nice small embedded device (small,
> > quiet, low-power, etc).
> > Last time I checked, the WRT54GLs were around $50-$60, so it's a pretty
> > low-cost solution as well.
> > MN
> > Michael George wrote:
> > > My home router/firewall is acting wonky and has to be power-cycled every
> > > so often. I think it's time to get a new one. My needs are very simple,
> > > all I need are NAT and port forwarding of a single port or two. I have
> > > thought about a m0n0wall, IPCop, smoothwall, or some other similar system,
> > > but since I need so little I hate to feed such a big system when a little
> > > firmware router will consume less power and probably work just fine. I
> > > would also like the option of wireless to the router, even if I don't need
> > > it right now...
> > >
> > > I'd like people's recommendations on what to look into for a good router.
> > > If you think that a *nix distro *is* the way to go in spite of my
> > > reasoning above, I'd like to hear it. If you have a router/firewall
> > > that's been serving you well, I'd like to know what brand.
> > >
> > > If I my next one runs 5 years+ like this current netgear has for me, I
> > > guess I will be mostly satisfied...
> > >
> > > Thanks for your time!
> > >
> > > -Michael George
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