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I'm looking to develop a product that would require an almost identical hardware platform to a basic wireless network router. Exactly like the "La Fonera" hot spot router as far as the hardware, but with my software running on it. I know you can flash the firmware on those routers, and a lot of other low-end routers as well, but this is actually going to be part of a legit project eventually so I can't just hack another vendor's product. What I'm trying to find out is if there is some platform that can be purchased that is basically like the product above, but designed to be a blank slate to develop a product around. I'm not doing anything groundbreaking with the hardware so I'd like to not have to re-invent the wheel if possible. Does anyone know of something like what I am describing, or maybe someone can point me in the right direction as to how I would get something fabricated for this purpose? I've seen boards that I can get that will do what I want, but they are in the several hundred dollar range and are really quite overkill for what I would be doing with it. How do Linksys & co sell their low-end routers for $30 or less, and what would it take to do the same thing? Do I need to pay a company to develop something specifically for my purpose? Thanks for any info that anyone can provide,