Router on Intel Core i5/amd64 or x86

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by darkknight93, May 31, 2013.

  1. darkknight93

    darkknight93 Networkin' Nut Member

    Hey community!

    I just wonder wether ist possible to run tomato/other "Router" Software on x86 or amd64 plattforms.
    I plan to buy a Intel NUC ( - the big brother of an raspberry pi i think.

    Are x86 based Systems faster in Routing than e.g. Broadcom CPUs? I mean... Broadcom will have Special Networking stacks or ICs to optimize Network Performance, won't they?

    I'm sorry if my question is a bit Networking noob-style and i apologize for typos.
    But i really appreciate any Input!
  2. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    An x86 should indeed be much faster at routing. However don't even think about Tomato, it's nowhere close to being designed to run on a standard PC.

    You will have to look at integrated distros (like pfsense), or build-your-own (I use CentOS5 + Shorewall at work to handle two WAN connections and VPN), or OpenWRT (I believe it does support x86?).

    I know DD-WRT has some x86 support, but no idea on what x86 hardware it can actually run.
  3. hawkmat

    hawkmat LI Guru Member

    A great free software router is ipfire. It will turn a PC into powerful router. Firewall, Web proxy, QOS, various servers and it even supports wireless. Software update check and one click software additions. Check it out here:
  4. tomatosoup

    tomatosoup Networkin' Nut Member

    As RMerlin already said, DD-WRT runs on x86 (with some limitations):

    And, of course, there are plenty other Linux Distro's, which are designed to do this job on x86 hardware, like IPCop, Smoothwall, ... and, based on FreeBSD, pfsense.
  5. M0g13r

    M0g13r LI Guru Member

    here was a long time ago an smal formfactor pc running fli4l with an pci quad nic, atheros wlan card and an 4x20 dot matrix lcd for status
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