[Noisebridge-discuss] Looking for best home wifi router and open source firmware

Lee Sonko lee at lee.org
Mon Mar 11 20:11:20 UTC 2013

On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM, Nick Owens <mischief at offblast.org> wrote:

> i suggest using OpenBSD on a dedicated machine. you can install it on
> many pieces of embedded hardware or any old desktop with two nics.
cool , I hadn't considered BSD before. Can you point me toward some good
hardware  and software setups?

For the hardware, what are some good search terms? I've heard of using a
low power, diskless computer. I've been out of the loop for a while and
wouldn't know where to start looking. How would I get the ports I'm looking
for? I guess I'm looking for an embedded computer with wifi and 4 ethernet
ports... that sounds rare.

For the software, I'm sure there's a lot of the important stuff built into
BSD but I'm not sure where to find packages that can provide pretty, live
charts. Can you offer a couple suggestions to get me started?

I'm a little concerned that building a homebrew router is a bit like
inventing a new type of hammer-device when a common fly swatter is what I'm
looking for, but of course, the hacking adventure could be worthwhile.

> On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM, Lee Sonko <lee at lee.org> wrote:
> > I run Tomato firmware on my WRT54GL router and I'm really happy with it.
> I'd
> > like to find a router and firmware that will give me per-user bandwidth
> > stats. I think that open-wrt and one of the bandwidth packages I can get
> > with it is the right thing to get. But I can't figure out which router to
> > get. I just want 4 ethernet ports and decent wifi at a decent price. This
> > seems like it would be a well trodden path but I'm not finding "the
> answer"
> > quickly. Some cite reliability problems with routers, I've seen a lot of
> > oddly qualified recommendations. Does anyone have any solid suggestions
> from
> > personal experience?
> >
> >
> > And it seems odd that the WRT54GL still might be the best choice after
> being
> > in production for some so many years.
> >
> >
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