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

Nick Owens mischief at offblast.org
Mon Mar 11 21:23:43 UTC 2013


my personal endeavor in using a BSD home router was initially an old
compaq deskpro with an old 10/100 card in the ISA to PCI riser it had.
i think it had a 6gb disk. the next machine was a cheap amd cpu,
memory, and mobo combination i found on dealnews.com for about $100
and a case+psu for about $25. i put in disks i already had and used
the machine as a nas, webserver, http cache, vpn endpoint, not to
mention firewall.

you can just use a switch instead of buying an expensive 2 or 4 port nic.

as for hardware, you can look at new (or used) soekris or ALIX
machines, but they're a little old. you could try a small x86 form
factor like some of the boards here http://www.mini-itx.com/

OpenBSD doesn't like many wifi cards. i just bought a separate
wireless bridge and had less headaches that way

On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM, Sean Cusack <sean.p.cusack at gmail.com> wrote:
> I *think* the ubuquiti routers can do this for you. I have a couple if them
> and am thrilled with their performance...oh yeah, and they are only
> $40/each!
>
> Sean
>
> On Mar 8, 2013 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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