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

An alternate idea that plays into the other thread about 'how do you deploy
this with existing infrastructure' - instead of replacing anything you

Simple passthrough device.  Ethernet on both ends - no wifi.  Plug in
inline with whatever other device you have and it acts as a mostly
transparent device
Picture for example: http://www.superdroidrobots.com/images/TE-144-006.jpg

Detect which side is pointed towards the internet and stand up the TOR,
Pagekite, etc pointing out.  The configuration site is pointed 'inward'.
 The social networks / chat / mail systems point both ways.

Bonus points - wifi client mode.  Double bonus - wifi AP

Just ideas

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

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM, Brian Drake <Brian at drakewolf.net> wrote:

> 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
> 512.850-6326
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/brndrakeecoit
> 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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