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News Netgear launches open source router

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 30 Jun 2008.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    What a brilliant idea. That'll probably be my next router. :)
     
  3. Omertron

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    Shame it's "G" and not "N" capable, otherwise it'd be a certainty, but I guess they don't want to cannibalise their newest products.
     
  4. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    I'm totally un-fussed about N-abilities. As far as I'm concerned wireless is for low-bandwidth comms only, not file transfer... That's why I have flash drives. :D
     
  5. p3n

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    Nice idea, gotta hate their styling department though - whatever happened to the distinictive blue?
     
  6. Flibblebot

    Flibblebot Smile with me

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    I already have one of my Linksys routers running DD-WRT because the original firmware only supported the 192.168.x.x subnet.
    It's nice to see a major company supporting alternative firmwares, though. Maybe this'll help Netgear routers become more stable?
     
  7. Paradigm Shifter

    Paradigm Shifter de nihilo nihil fit

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    Whatever happened to the full metal cases that bled heat really well? The Netgear router I got from my ADSL provider is in that horrible new white plastic... and it gets really hot. :(
     
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    The problem with the netgear design is that it doesn't have enough ventilation. Link-sys routers are made of plastic but are full of holes so they don't get as hot. I still prefer the old metal netgear boxes though. They stack better and look more professional.
     
  9. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    I like it.

    hopefully more companies will get into this sector.
     
  10. Sp!

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    They still do have the blue metal cases if you buy the prossesional range rather than the cheap "home" kit...
     
  11. Timmy_the_tortoise

    Timmy_the_tortoise International Man of Awesome

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    I wish my Netgear had a FULL METAL JACKET!
     
  12. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    does it have the ever blinking blue LED that illuminates the whole room and gives you seizures ?
     
  13. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    The speed still sucks, but the extra range is a godsend.
     
  14. Redbeaver

    Redbeaver The Other Red Meat

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    hmmmmmmmmmm now thats a novel idea :)

    i might grab it just for the sake of its being open source n see what can be screwed around in it...
     
  15. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    I agree this is a good thing, but I'm having a hard time seeing any real advatage for a pretty basic setup such as mine. Maybe when my current one dies (if ever) I'll get one of these.
     
  16. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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    everyone is going open source these days.... swweeettt!!!!
     
  17. ParaHelix.org

    ParaHelix.org New Member

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    I see waht you mean, however, even surfing the web is technically file transferring.
     
  18. Woodstock

    Woodstock So Say We All

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    but most peoples internet speed is slower then wireless g, speeds and surfing the web is generally small files as well
     
  19. pendragon

    pendragon I pickle they

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    heh.. the only reason to not adopt N-routers as far as I'm concerned is that they're just based off a Draft specification that hasn't been ratified by the standards body. It's already changed once, with possible compatibility issues for early-adopters. Best get a G-router until they finalize it - my humble opinion :) ... and I'm VERY intrigued with this. Hopefully they come with a hefty amount of Flash RAM .. some of DDRT distributions needs 8-16mb's
     
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