Linksys WRT 1900 wireless router

WRT1900Bought a new Linksys WRT 1900 wireless router and dying to rave about it. A Bit expensive, $383 in India through and one of the fastest routers available today. If you are looking at a router with opensource readiness, go for this. If price is a factor you can get an equivalent router like Netgear R8000, 7500, 7000 for a better price. Linksys WRT 1900 wireless router is a monstrous dual core processor with 256mb ddr3 and 128 mb flashable rom. Current routers mostly support 16 or 32 MB rom. Openwrt being an embedded os doesn’t need that much of space but imagine a choice of 2000 packages and though we came across bumps on a working Openwrt firmware initially, I am happy that at build r45222, it has meliorated.

I Plan to build a Snort over this and have logs pushed to my Synology ds 413+ which currently has a 26TB space and backs my family data. Initially i planned to buy a bare fan-less pc and have pfsense /Itus Iguardian installed to handle my home security,  but later thought why not have it run on the router itself. Been an old time ddwrt/tomato user and feel the “opkg install software-xxx” gives you more power.

Moreover this is so cool . I can connect TV to guest network and always have a running Netflix.

Update: ddwrt on Linksys WRT 1900 wireless router is moving. Forum Link here. If you still want to walk on a more dangerous edge, go and try McDebian. Don’t forget to get a USB TTL cable, just in case you brick your router.