Rich Freeman on 23 Sep 2014 13:19:53 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Router Projects and VPNs

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM, Michel van der List
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> Just curious why you would not want something that's supported
> by openWRT? Finding the right hardware can be a challenge,
> but it generally gets you the tools for multiple VLANs, firewall,
> etc. etc. It will also draw significantly less power.
> I use to use an x86 based router, but it reliably drew 40W or so
> vs. my curent openWRT box which draws about 7 or 8. And no
> noise.

If I can get everything working with OpenWRT I don't have any
objections to it.  Sorry if that was unclear.

However, if I'm going to completely roll my own it would probably
would be easier if it was hardware designed to be user-updatable so
that I'm not constantly in fear of bricking the thing.  I guess
ARM/SOC are fine if they're actually designed to be user-updateable vs
being a hack.

I don't mind hacking a router to install OpenWRT if it is a one-time
thing and it will get me more of an out-of-the-box solution.  I just
don't want to do that to then have to basically do a
linux-from-scratch on top of it and if I mess up I'm bricked unless I
start soldering JTAG cables.

There definitely is hardware out there designed for this sort of thing
which is user-updateable and open, but most of what I've run into so
far costs $300+, etc.  If this was an alternative to Cisco gear that
would be one thing.

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