Router recommendations for FreeBSD

Robert Watson rwatson at
Mon Jun 2 11:43:11 BST 2008

On Tue, 27 May 2008, Steve Brownjohn wrote:

> Thompson
> ========
> bad: may overheat, use it upside down to ventilate

This might or might not be the same (rebranded) Thomspon DSL modem that BT 
distributes.  If it is, you should know that it runs a FreeBSD network stack 
... as a process on top of a Linux kernel, itself running on top of a real 
time operating system.  We find ours works pretty well, although (perhaps 
unsurprisingly) the WDS support in it doesn't talk to our Apple AirPort 
Extremes around the house, which also use a FreeBSD-derived 802.11 stack but 
not FreeBSD itself.

It seems somewhat hard to find DSL modems or access points that simply run 
FreeBSD unless you build one yourself, but quite easy to find ones that 
contain FreeBSD code in significant quantity, albeit possibly in rather odd 

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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