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Repurposing netbook into gateway, firewall, AP

March 20th, 2013 No comments

The older netbooks, such as ASUS EEE 900 series, have gone down in price. I bought a refurbed EEEPC 900A w/1GB RAM, 4GB SSD and turned it into my gateway, firewall and local AP.  Upgraded memory to 2GB RAM, and added an external 8GB SD flash.

I loaded Fedora Core 17 Security Distro on it.  Now I have a nice, cheap gateway, firewall and AP (although only 802.11G speed).

I’ll add more to this as I have time…..

Unfortunately the netbook only have one wired 100M enet.  I need at least GigE interfaces.  I am currently looking at the

OEM Production 2550L2D-MxPC

which is an Atom D2550 based system with 2 Broadcom GigE, small, lower power and up to 8GB of RAM.  This should last me a long time as a router/gw/fw.

More to come….