DragonFly vs Linksys as firewall and Gateway

Thomas Donnelly TDonnelly at gertens.com
Fri Dec 28 13:36:07 PST 2007

Michael Neumann wrote:
Matthew Dillon wrote:
    When using a free OS as a router or firewall the main issue tends 
    to be the OS itself but the box you are running it on.  To really be
    useful as a black box router it needs to be a small, fanless PC,
    preferably booted off a flash drive instead of a hard drive.

Something like pcengines.ch or soekris.com. You can build a fanless 
wireless router for under 150 EUR that runs *BSD and that doesn't take 
much power (max 12W). Those boxes are quite powerful. 500 MHz Geode, 
128 MB main memory. You could also plug a hard disk via USB...


http://www.logicsupply.com/ has been my personal favorite. They have 
fanless ones that run from a 800mhz via, up to a multple GHz core 2 
mobile. Flash drives from 256mb to 8 gb. Pretty nice too.


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