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Monday, June 14, 2004

And you thought it was just a wireless router...

I read a really interesting aricle last week by Robert X. Cringley about wireless routers, specifically the Linksys WRT54G which is one of the market leading SoHo broadband wireless router/firewall boxes. It's firmware is written in Linux and is completely Open Source. Some Linux programmers with probably far too much time on their hands have written new firmware for it which, if you install, effectively a Wireless ISP-in-a-box supporting traffic shaping and VoIP.

There is also a followup article where he talks about a guy who is setting up a wireless ISP in his neighbourhood of San Francisco (it would be, wouldn't it), after being inspired by the article above.
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So, San Fran is by the sea and so is....Portsmouth. How about Pompi-Fi?
 
Has anyone in the group got one of these? Do they work with the Cisco VPN client?
 
I endured the hardships of having the Linksys router with no built-in ADSL modem for quite some time. But eventually learned to live with the blue monster. Several hardware and firmware versions later Linksys have got it right and now sell a unit with SpeedBoost technology here: http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=610

The unit absolutely positively works with the Cisco VPN client as I use it almost everyday.
 
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