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….