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GNU/Linux: Replacing a Dead Router with a Linux System

Jan 25, 2010, 14:33 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Earlier today I decided to upgrade the firmware on my SOHO's Linksys WRT54G v5 router. I usually do such things on the weekends in case something breaks. It is a good thing I waited until the weekend this time. My Linksys WRT45G is now "bricked". For some unknown reason the firmware update never finished although I waited for over an hour for it to complete. Of course no internet access was happening during this time and I could not get to any web sites to try to discover what I could do to fix the router.

"Enter an old Dell Dimension XPS R400 PC that has been gathering dust in the closet. It has an 80GB Western Digital IDE drive, a Startech 10/100 NIC and 192MB of RAM in it. I received this old PC from a client that bought a new, custom built system from my company in October 2007. He no longer needed the Dell and was just going to trash it. Instead I convinced him to let me wipe the drive, install Mandriva 2008 on it and try to sell it on eBay. It did not sell when I listed it. The client did not want it back, so I just stuck it in the IT junk closet with several other old systems and flaky monitors. I decided to make this old Dell PC into my "new" router. Since it already has Mandriva 2008 on it I figured I could use that to get routing going and then upgrade the Mandriva later."

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