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OpenWRT: A Linux distro for your router

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There are already more than 100 packages in the OpenWRT Linux distro... Surely that's enough to make it worth your while to void your router warranty.

Note that you don't have to have a Linksys router -- some other routers are supported by this GPL'd Linux firmware distribution. Just make certain that you have a compliant router before you try to flash it. And follow the instructions carefully -- a mistake can turn your router into a paperweight!
You can turn your blue Linksys router into a Linux box with OpenWrt, an embedded Linux distribution for Linksys WRT54G and WRT54GS routers. This tiny distribution exceeds the default firmware functionality in many useful ways. Instead of having only a Web-controlled wireless access point, OpenWrt provides you with a fully interactive Linux system. Some notable features are the ability to telnet/SSH to your router, install software such as Snort, Mini-Sendmail, and Asterisk, and create and control VLANs for every Ethernet port on the device.
 read more | mail this link | score:7754 | -Ray, August 19, 2005
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