I’d like to demonstrate how to install and configure your networking equipment at home using a Raspberry Pi device and open-source software.
The Raspberry Pi device, in my opinion, is one of the most useful tools anyone can have in their toolbox. I’d like to demonstrate how to install and configure your networking equipment at home using a Raspberry Pi device and open-source software. Let’s begin by reviewing some of the reasons this lab may be useful to you and your network.
Router substitute: I have owned dozens of routers over the years, most of which ended up in a landfill when it was time to upgrade the firmware(which should be a priority for security reasons). Then I discovered open-source router firmware such as OpenWrt and dd-wrt. Took me about a week on the first go around, but I was able to eventually configure the correct firmware for my router. Once I had the device up and running it opened up a new era of networking in my life.
Money: If you do not have the materials needed for this exercise then it will cost you a few bucks to get it set up. However, once the model is set to run, the new Pi router will act as a backup or a replacement for your network. This may prevent you from having to buy a proprietary firmware router that may not have a VPN client and costs over $130.