Time for change… routers. ;-)

Lets see… what’s been going on. Part of me wants to say “nun-yah!”, for a chuckle, but this is my blog so its where I’m suppose talk about stuff which happens in my world. TO THE TOPIC BATMAN!

I’ve had a long standing grudge with SOHO (small office/home office) routers for years. In the past they were cheaply made and sold at a premium based on component pricing but they have been getting better; price wise and performance. Pushed onward by ever more complex home networking with the drive to make their operations simple and reliable for the non tech oriented amongst us. I wouldn’t consider my home network complex. Advanced maybe but mostly just setup to make things work with the least amount of in-wall cabling possible. The average home internet subscriber probably has 2 to 15 devices that connect to their internet connection; I have 35. I also run some high packet high connection applications which when combined with the devices that chatter constantly begin to test the limits of what a SOHO router was designed to handle. So I have set out to build my first ever router/firewall. I’ve been building x86 computers for years and now its time to take my knowledge one step further. I have ordered the parts and when they arrive I will be building a X86 M0n0wall firewall/router. I’ll list the components below for anyone who is interested. Stay tuned to for a step by step recount of how it goes.

Components: Total price $230

Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK Mini ITX case w/ 250w power supply
ZOTAC GF6100-E-E NVIDIA nForce 430 MCP Mini ITX motherboard (integrated sound, video and nic)
AMD Phenom x4 processor
8GB Compact Flash card w/ SATA to CF adapter (OS boot disk)
Rosewill RC-401-EX 1Gbps PCI-E NIC

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