Router recommendations for FreeBSD

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Mon Jun 2 12:45:24 BST 2008

Quoting Robert Watson <rwatson at>:

> On Tue, 27 May 2008, Steve Brownjohn wrote:
>> Thompson
>> =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D
>> 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 configurations.
> Robert N M Watson
> Computer Laboratory
> University of Cambridge
> ------ FreeBSD UK Users' Group  -  Mailing List ------

When reporting on the above, this was specifically the Thomson 780WL, =20
with Be* branding, although other similar Thomnson units suffer from =20
the same "air vents on the bottom" WTF.

The BT issued unit is a vertical standing jobby, and doesn't suffer =20
from the same overheating issue.

I have access to both types of unit. I'll have to have a rummage =20
around inside the BT one!


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