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[Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox as a home router to replace Cisco/Linksys

I've been of the opinion that we should reach out to one of these arm
manufacturers and have them do a custom box for us rather than trying to
adapt to the generic developer kits like the dreamplug and guruservers.
 Let them sell it as a development kit if they want but we specify the
ports and specs on the board.

This increases the per-box cost a bit but eliminates ports that would be
absolutely useless to us which could also save money.  No need for audio,
HDMI etc.

4/5 (POE) network ports (standard router config)
4? usb ports (charge point & wired data transfer for cell/mobile devices)
1 SD slot
2 Wifi antennas/ radios
Battery built in for 'brownout' situations

If the team can define the ports we want and come to an agreement I'd be
happy to have conversations with a few manufacturers about pricing/volume
sales.  There is another thread regarding the chips and the ID's that are
stored and we could examine those as part of this kind of request.

Brian Drake
Austin Texas
Schedule a Meeting:  http://tungle.me/briandrake

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM, Sean Alexandre <sean864 at pobox.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 3 Jul 2012 14:42:02 +0200
> Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> > Or you could just put pfSense on ALIX.
> Yes, pfSense would be perfect...or a scaled down and simplified version
> of it. Although, it's FreeBSD versus Debian.
> I see Debian's been ported to ALIX:
> https://code.google.com/p/debian-for-alix/
> I couldn't tell if there's a ALIX board with wireless, and non-binary
> drivers?
> I do see that the Dream Plug has wireless and two NICs:
> http://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/TargetedHardware
> The next version D2 Plug, though, only has one NIC. So it wouldn't
> make a very good home router since the one NIC would have to go to the
> WAN connection, and you wouldn't have one for local devices.
> I did a bit of research on OpenWRT types of devices, and whether Debian
> would run on them. It turns out it does, but with some problems.
> DebianWRT
> http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWRT
> Running Debian on ASUS WL-500G deluxe
> http://wpkg.org/Running_Debian_on_ASUS_WL-500G_deluxe
> The wireless driver is a binary kernel module (first problem), and it
> needs a 2.4 kernel (second problem.)
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