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Re: router solutions based on Debian?

On Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 03:54:17PM +0100, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> I've seen a lot of discussions about making DIY routers running a free
> OS like Debian, FreeBSD or OpenBSD and I was tempted to go with
> something like that running Shorewall, strongSwan, DHCP and DNS.  Maybe
> it will also do wifi or maybe the existing router will be a bridge to wifi.
> Can anybody share any comments or links about this topic?

I wrote about my hardware selection in


It's been working very well for me for the last two years,
running iptables, DHCP in failover with another server, Unbound,
OpenVPN, all on top of Debian Jessie.

If I did it over again I would note that 2GB of RAM and a slower
CPU could probably serve just as long, and that I only need
three gig-e ports, not five. 

Having a small SSD to keep a full reboot cycle under 30 seconds
is an awesome win, though. TCP sessions don't drop. Highly 


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