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How do you add wireless functionality to a custom router?

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I am trying to turn an linux box into a router because the current consumer grade one I'm using is failing. I was wondering what is used to make custom routers wireless. I was thinking about using a general wireless card, but I don't think they have a powerful enough transmitter to get the range of your average router. Any help would be appreciated. biggrin.gif

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I personally use a Wireless AP. I's POe so I can place it anywhere. I actually mounted it in my stairwell in the middle of the house.
    
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I have an untangle box as a router and use a commerical router as a wireless access point. It gives you flexibility to put it where you can get a better signal.
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The issue is that there are very limited drivers for wireless NICs.

You are generally better off getting a off-the-shelf residential gateway (aka "router") and just disabling DHCP.

You could just get a wireless access point (WAP) but they tend to be the same price for less features.


Just so you know, that build is massive overkill for a Linux router... unless you plan to support 1000+ users.
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Motherboard:GA-970A-UD3
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This dual-NIC Atom system is only $125... you just need to add 2GB RAM and 10GB HDD. It will be powerful enough for something like 20-100 users.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856205007
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I would recommend getting a Ubiquiti UniFi Access Point. Can be had for about $60-80, and will do everything you need. It's just a wireless AP and nothing else.
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