I've been running Tomato for several years on an Asus WL-520GU router. Tomato is a firmware replacement with similar features to DD-WRT, but simpler to configure. I recently upgraded to an Asus RT-N10P router. It wasn't the WL-520GU's limitation to wireless G speeds that was bothering me. It was the
Hard-to-guess passwords are important to securing your network from intrusion. But think about it from the perspective of someone (or their robot app) trying to break in. They need to also pick the right user name and point of entry, and have enough opportunity and patience to repetitively guess until
There's not much work to installing and using a typical hardware router. Just plug it in, attach cables from your non-wireless computers, and it will automatically connect them to the internet without any special configuration. That's because the out-of-the-box router/firewall acts as both a DHCP server and DNS relay.
VirtualBox has gained a following as an alternative to VMware. Although the binaries are proprietary, they're free for non-commercial use. VirtualBox has some compelling features for desktop users: Automated installer that runs under Windows, Linux, and OSX. For Linux users, there are official versions for Ubuntu, Debian, openSUSE, Fedora, Red