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Old 03-16-2009, 06:58 PM   #1
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Looking for one of those wall-plug computers to be a router


But I don't know what's out there or where to begin looking. Throw me some names and/or links please, I'm looking for a low-power device with two ethernet ports and a USB port (UPS connection) to run Linux and be my router. Preferably it can run Debian, kernel 2.6.25+ (Shorewall ipv6), and (oh I dream) irssi.

Don't suggest a commercial router unless my understanding is wrong: As I understand it running Linux on some WRT54G doesn't solve the problem of a small NAT table (I do share my Linux via torrent), and it's not a "full" Linux distro with SSH access and the ability to install other packages.

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Old 03-16-2009, 09:06 PM   #2
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You are providing mixed questions which are hard to follow. The only thing I got out of them is a computer with at least two NIC or using a consumer grade router. The consumer grade Linksys WRT54G router can use dd-wrt. You can use an old computer and add two NIC to get what you want. Another possibility is buying a motherboard like following and add more NIC by using a module card.

Jetway J7F2 VIA C7
3x LAN Module or 3x GigaLAN Module

If you want a motherboard that is more up to date and graphics card is easy to install, the following could be used.

Jetway JNC62K AM2/AM2+ GeForce 8200 Integrated Graphics

More can be found at.

http://www.mini-itx.com/

A microATX or ATX motherboard can be used too.

Just do not spend money by selecting the fastest processor. VIA C7 1.2 GHz is over kill for a router+firewall+file server. Also an AMD Sempron X2 is again too much.
 
Old 03-16-2009, 09:48 PM   #3
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Don't suggest a commercial router
Do suggest wall plug computers like those I've been hearing about recently but whose names I've forgotton.

I already have an old PIII performing routing duty, among others. I want to reduce the power and physical footprint. Sorry, I thought I was clear.

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Old 03-16-2009, 11:35 PM   #4
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Are you referring to the Marvell Plug Computer? hxxp://www.marvell.com/featured/plugcomputing.jsp (replace x with t in the URL).
 
Old 03-17-2009, 03:47 AM   #5
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You can add other packages to the commercial routers (assuming they use alternate firmware) and many people do. You can also adjust the size of the nat table. In both cases you have to realize that there are a lot of different models of wrt54g (over 20 models in all) and the cpu, flash, and ram can vary greatly from model to model. Virtually all the alternate firmwares have access via ssh.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series

Since your question is so vague it is really tough to guess what you mean by wall plug computer. You do plug in most computers.

Are you talking about the asus eee box (and clones), not the eee pc?

Give us a little more to work with.

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Old 03-17-2009, 12:46 PM   #6
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Yes, something like a Marvell Plug Computer, only I'd want two ethernet ports. lazlow, as in the size of a wall plug.
 
Old 03-17-2009, 01:25 PM   #7
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If you follow the link that vindoan provided, you would see that two of the SOCs do have dual GigE nics.


You will be in the same situation with installing packages as you would be with the wrt54g(non x86 arch).

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Old 03-17-2009, 04:13 PM   #8
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I am apparently blind. Thank you, I will look at those closer.

Are there any other options that people would recommend?
 
  


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