How to build a router based on Linux

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 28, 2012 1:10 AM EDT
TechRadar; By Graham Morrison
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The latest, most expensive routers include so many facilities you'd be forgiven for thinking they're more like PCs than tools for networking. This thought should lead you to wonder if you can use a regular PC to do the same thing. The answer, thanks to Linux, is that you can - and it's very easy. There are many different Linux distributions designed specifically to turn your machine into a router or a gateway, complete with any number of enhancements. Our favourite is called ClearOS. It's a fantastic choice of router for your network because it's relatively painless to configure, but it's also extendible, taking it far beyond even the most ambitious devices from manufacturers like Netgear.

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