[clug] Advice for buying computer fair routers?

Michael Cohen michael.cohen at netspeed.com.au
Thu Feb 23 07:35:47 GMT 2006

  If you just want a router it doesnt make sense to run an entire box just for 
that. You cant go past a netgear WGT634u for example. Its a 200mhz mips box with 
32mb ram and 8mb flash - it runs linux already so you can use it as a server 
(mail/web/whatever). I have one which I use to ssh into from around the place and 
check my mail with mutt/fetchmail/procmail. This one has a usb port for storage 
and draws approx 6-10watts. Also no moving parts so its silent. Oh you get 
wireless for free too (not that it matters to you). Im running openwrt on it:


I got a couple off ebay where they go for between 50-60 bucks.


On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 05:36:17PM +1100, Brad Hards wrote:
> On Thursday 23 February 2006 16:25 pm, Steven Farlie wrote:
> > Hello all. I'm in the market for a simple ethernet switch/router. I
> > don't need wifi, just something that can manage my iBurst modem (PPPoE)
> > and play friendly with my linux boxes. If I can get one that can run
> > some services that would be a plus.
> >
> > I know at least some of you go to the computer fairs. So I'm asking if
> > anybody has had any good or bad experiences with the cheap routers
> > there, or are there particularly good ones to be found elsewhere?
> How about an old Linux box and a cheap hub? Add ipcop or similar, and you'll 
> have a secure router.
> If you (or anyone) needs a two NIC linux box to do this, let me know. I have a 
> P2 300ish machine under the desk that you can have.
> Brad

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