FOSS Challenge: Project A Day For 30 days

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by x942, Jul 10, 2012.

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  1. x942

    x942 Guest

    There are quite a few linux and FOSS related projects I have been meaning to do for some time now. I though it would be cool to share them here as I did them to share my experiences with others here and hopefully some one will join in too! Basically I have ~30 Projects I have been meaning to do, some small and some bigger, all of them use Linux or other FOSS software. I am going to try and do one per day from start to finish.

    Day 1 - July 8th 2012: Home-made Router

    Today I am going to start a project I have been meaning to do for quite a while. I am going to replace my old(ish) belkin router with a fully functional professional quality router using off the shelf components and FOSS software.


    The software: ZeroShell

    I will be using ZeroShell for the OS because it's the only [free] distro that supports making WiFi hotspots. Many distros are available if you just want a gateway or firewall but this seems to be the best if you want to truly replace a plastic router. I will also be using OpenDNS latter on.

    The Hardware:

    Zeroshell only requires these specs:
    Any modern hardware will work but the nice thing here is you can even salvage that old PC from you basement if you wanted to. I am going be using a old laptop (HP Pavilion G6) for this, at least until I can buy a dedicated Mini-ATX and build this from the ground up.


    Time Required:

    If all goes as planned this should only take ~15 not including download time. After ZeroShell is installed I just have to connect to it like any router (192.168.0.1) and configure my settings.

    Pics:

    Will post through out the day!
     
  2. BrandiCandi

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    Cool project!

    Have you looked at the Free Software Foundation at all? They have a list of hardware that's fully FOSS, using no proprietary sofware. May be worth looking at if that's your cup of tea.
     
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  3. Spiral123

    Spiral123 Registered Member

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    That project does look interesting, thinking I may check it out as well...
     
  4. Spiral123

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    looks like it doesn't support 802.11n
     
  5. x942

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    Thanks! I will take a look at that site!

    Slight update I just ran into hardware issues (go figure) so I am switching this up until my new hardware comes in. I am now working on a project of mine I have been wanting to do for some time. I will post an update in a few min here :D
     
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