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Comment: Re:Here you go (Score 1) 344

by CyberDave (#31972892) Attached to: Open Source Router To Replace WRT54GL?

I'd suggest checking out m0n0wall ( It's a compact firewall distro, with a version that runs on generic PCs. It's got pretty light hardware requirements, runs great on old hardware, and had a pretty good web UI for administration (better than many SOHO/consumer devices from Best Buy, IMHO).

You can find a ton of older hardware on eBay and surplus stores in rackmount form factors (Nokia IP330, Watchguard Firebox, etc) that are basically just Pentium or Pentium II class processors with 2 or 3 NICs that can be reappropriated to run m0n0wall pretty easily and make for great router/firewall/NAT boxes.

The only downside (IMHO) is that it's currently based on an older version of FreeBSD, so it doesn't support some of the newer NICs that are coming built into motherboards these days. But, if you're using it with an older board with a handful of Intel or 3COM PCI 10/100 cards, then it's no big deal.

It also doesn't have great wireless support...basically just Atheros cards for 802.11g, along with a number of old 802.11b devices. Forget about 802.11n (for now), so you'd still need a separate AP if you want to go wireless. Then again, I've found that where most consumer gear sucks is in the routing and that if you turn it into a dumb AP and let another device do the routing and NAT, then you'll be much better off.

Comment: Re:Other nuggets (Score 2, Informative) 402

by CyberDave (#29355007) Attached to: What the DHS Knows About You

Silly commenters always have such a skewed sense of reading comprehension. The trips were:

Tampa - Houston - London
Paris (CDG) - Newark - Tampa

The "missing segment" is how the traveler got to Paris from London without flying, not from Newark to Tampa The answer, of course, is a train (ever hear of the Chunnel?)

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.