Replacing Home Router With PC

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Thu Mar 11 14:32:55 UTC 2010

mailinglist <mailinglist at> writes:

> I've got an old Linksys router hanging off of my cable modem that is
> several years old and is about to die (very poor wireless throughput
> should be 54 mb and is 2, runs hot, and "buzzes" while turned on).
> I've got an older PC that would great as a router....however I also
> need it to be a wireless access point for my house.  It has a PCI
> wireless network card (A 54G Belkin, not sure of the exact model).  I
> know FreeBSD is technically capable for acting as my DHCP, DNS,
> router, gateway box if properly configured.  The question is, can it
> use that wireless card to act as a access point instead of a client
> (how the card is intended to be used)?
> Also, any links anyone can provide on how to setup a FreeBSD box to
> act as home router/gateway would be much appreciated!

Bear in mind that the added electricity costs will more than cover the
cost of a new Linksys (or equivalent) router in a few months.

The answer to your question, though is that FreeBSD can certainly work
as a wireless access point.

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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