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Looking for real routing

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dslrgm, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. dslrgm

    dslrgm Network Guru Member

    Thanks in advance for putting up with my ravings...

    I am looking for an option that will give me real routing on some platform.

    Hopefully the platform will be small, cheap, and low-powered.

    Public address routing. That is don't force NAT on me. I WROTE RFC 1918 (well one of the co-authors).
    RIPv2 and/or OSPF
    802.1Q
    Minimal firewall rules
    Wireless optional (Hey, I have enough of that here. At least until I start testing 802.11s)
    Multiple interfaces optional

    I have a WRT54Gv3 running sveasoft 1.2.7. A bit of a pain, really. I am good to go for another year fee-wise, so I would leave that box alone. It does have a role to play...

    Right now I can pick up a Dell SFF (128mb ram) for around $25 and put smoothwall on it. Or D&amSmallLinux, and roll my own. but the box is big, eats electrons, and pumps out the BTUs.

    I got a Belkin F5D5231-4 for $10, but they mis-led me when their downloadable manual said the LAN addresses SHOULD be from RFC1918. Wrong. MUST be from RFC1918. Well, I have put it to work for now, would be nice to replace its firmware...

    So here I am, looking for a better way....
     
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Never had to think about how small could we go....... well what initially comes to mind is a wrt with 3rd party in router mode vice gateway. You could go power over ethernet instead of having to have a power cord, you could turn off wireless and take off the antennae if you need to save space. I will give this more thought and see what comes to mind.
     
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Real RFC talk that SHOULD, MUST, COULD stuff...

    What am I missing here? - A WRT (or any such device) running in router mode is just a router (no NAT), and you can make the LAN and WAN subnets anything you like. i.e. any side COULD be private but could also be public ...
    I guess you could also load any routing daemon you like, although most 3rd party fw already comes with RIPv2 daemons.

    If it's the size or power requirements you're after, maybe check with NASA? A few years ago they sent Linux to the moon - surely they have minaturized and power optimized since.

    They also talk about "router boards" on the dd-wrt site. I have no clue what that is, but I could imagine it's a WRT on a PC104 board or something like that.
     

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