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 From:  "Andrew Lewis" <andrew at coastal dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  m0n0router perhaps?
 Date:  Tue, 25 Oct 2005 07:34:48 -0400
Every time I look at m0n0wall I realize it's a great networking 
appliance platform.  It seems ready to handle all sorts of appliance 
types of tasks.  The hardware support and read-only CompactFlash boot 
system is great.

To me the most obvious extension of m0n0wall is to augment its existing 
strength as a firewall and make it a router.  When it comes time to set 
up an Internet router I shudder to pay for something like a Juniper or a 
  Cisco when I know I have hardware in stock that can perform just as well.

I'm not referring to full feed BGP/multi-OCx gear.  I'm referring to 
simple T1/E1, serial or Ethernet routing.  I'm sure it could do the full 
feed and OCx work but it's not likely to be the biggest use.

The solid packet filtering and access controls are already in m0n0wall. 
  Adding support for serial interfaces and T1/E1 cards seems like a 
logical extension of the "WAN" port.  This comes to mind: 

Not all routers need firewalling.  Most need some basic filtering. 
Captive portals can be helpful on some networks.  Most routers need to 
understand multiple WAN ports and things like MLPPP.

Does it need a really routing daemon like quagga?  That seems like a 
small addition to the existing platform.

I build Ethernet-driven FreeBSD routers for my Internet connections now. 
  I keep multiple units around and rotate them in to service every six 
months or so as FreeBSD releases updates.  I would really rather use 
something like m0n0wall which really makes things quick and simple.

Does anyone else see this potential development path for M0n0wall?