Replacing Home Router With PC

Graeme Dargie arab at
Thu Mar 11 22:37:20 UTC 2010

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Subject: Replacing Home Router With PC

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!

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Might well be worth having a look at pfsense as a router option, thought
I can't vouch for the support for your wireless card, I took the easy
option and configured the old wireless router as an access point.



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