[RndTbl] Firewall/Router hall of fame?

Dan Keizer dan at keizer.ca
Thu Jan 9 20:32:25 CST 2014

The firmware made the machine --- there are other previous manufacturers
(buffalo/etc) where the likes of openwrt and ddwrt were ported to as well
and worked well.
The list pricing on this AC model is 300$US .. yikes... that's not what the
home hobby guy is looking for... I was able to pick up an AC dual-band gig
router for about $80 this past year -- but -- it does not (yet) support
openwrt firmware ... time will tell though :-)


On 6 January 2014 11:53, John Lange <john at johnlange.ca> wrote:

> Should the Linksys WRT router/firewall go into the hall of fame?
> Undeniably, a lot of stuff Linksys made was crap but the WRT was not one
> of them. Even with it's default firmware it was a great firewall for home
> and small businesses. From the start it handled state tracking, NAT and
> packet reassembly properly making it one of the only devices around that
> would handle things like VOIP (credit most likely goes to it's Linux roots).
> Even today many so-called high-end firewalls (e.g. Sonicwall) still can
> not handle a fragmented UDP packets breaking SIP over UDP.
> According to this Wired article, the WRT is now back in a Gigabit version
> and Linksys is now publicly embracing the alternative firmwares that helped
> make it so popular.
> http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/01/linksys-wrt/
> I still run a WRT with the "Tomato" firmware at home and I think this
> device will always have a place in my personal "hall of fame".
> Long live the WRT!
> Regards,
> John
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