Posted 03 November 2012 - 23:26
Hello! This post will be long but I need some help.
I have recently run into an interesting dilemma and need some advice. I'm in college and live in a large house with a lot of other people. I have my own internet connection in my room, and up to now everyone in the house used another kids internet connection. He recently disabled his internet because nobody was paying him even though they used his connection. SO a few people came to me asking if they could use mine for a few days, and being the nonconfrontational person that I am, I gave them the info.
Well now everyone in the house is using it, and I have 15 separate devices connected to my wireless router. Now I could just change the password, but it would no doubt be an endless cycle, and as I said I hate confrontation. So I really want to set up a custom router so that I can control what is going on.
I'm considering two options, either buying an older used computer(<100$) and turning it into a software router, or putting custom firmware on a router. I was hoping you guys could help me figure out which would be better for me, because I can't decide.
I've read some articles about both methods, and I still can't decide. I'm a computer science major and just the thought of setting up a linux box and learning all of the network stuff and implementing it myself gets me excited, but I am kind of pressed for time too. I also wouldn't mind having a file/media server.
Any thoughts, suggestions, ideas? I just don't know where to start.