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Th3_uN1Qu3

Joined: 27 May 2007
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Location: Bucharest, Romania

PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar 2012, 17:24    Post subject:  Puppy Linux Router?
Subject description: wireless router with Puppy
 

Hello, long time no see.

I've been using FREESCO as my router software for 5 years. It did a great job as router, firewall, print server and sometimes FTP, but i guess it's time to move to something a bit more complete.

I found a dirt cheap Dell Optiplex 110, a slim PC which has a P3-733, onboard everything and 3 PCI slots. Just the thing for the gigabit network upgrade i've been wanting to do for a while (my current box only has 2 PCI slots). I also want to add a wireless card in the 3rd slot, as i know that certain cards can work as an AP with linux, so there would be no need for a dedicated wireless router. I don't like wireless routers because they're underpowered and poorly built. They run hot, they lock up, capacitors fail... My FREESCO box has been pretty much maintenance free, it just works.

I asked over at the FREESCO forums and it does not support running wireless cards. I don't want a much larger distro like Debian or CentOS. I have lots of SDRAM if need be, but i'm afraid a big distro will add too much CPU overhead and bog down that little PIII. For the record my current FREESCO box is a Fujitsu running a PII-300 and it does just fine.

So, does Puppy have the support for running a wireless router? I'm comfortable with installing extra packages and editing configuration files.

Thanks,
Andrew
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Aitch


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Location: Chatham, Kent, UK

PostPosted: Fri 23 Mar 2012, 09:49    Post subject:  

Hi Andrew

This has been discussed many times, but I've never done it, though it doesn't seem that hard

examples:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=33615

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=37520

searchtool

http://www.wellminded.com/puppy/pupsearch.html

A fully configurable non-puppy solution is zeroshell

http://www.zeroshell.net/eng/

HTH

Aitch Smile
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Th3_uN1Qu3

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PostPosted: Sat 24 Mar 2012, 14:37    Post subject:  

Thanks. I looked at ZeroShell but it seems too much like an off-the-shelf router control panel which is something i do not want.

The second Puppy link looks interesting, i believe i'll go that route. Now all i have to do is wait for my box to arrive in the mail. Very Happy
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