I currently run a Belkin Wireless N+ ADSL modem/switch/wireless AP. It works well enough but given my nature to want to try things I’ve found the capability of the Belkin box to be limited. If it were a book it would have a yellow and black cover (Home network for dummies). It’s great for it’s designated audience but I want the ability to play.
I’ve also been toying with the idea of a home server for various things and am wondering if I can combine the two. So a NAS/Wireless router.
- Runs Linux (Debian probably)
- Low power (An old Laptop or an Intel Atom based system)
- Has most of the features of DD-WRT
- 802.11n Wireless AP (Atheros based so TP-Link TL-WN951N PCI Card or D-Link DWA-642 Cardbus card from eBay)
- Web Server
- Asterisk VoIP
At the moment I’m leaning towards hacking an old laptop, putting in a 500Gb drive and a D-Link DWA-642. Gives me all sorts of options I can play with till my heart is content.