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New Linksys Wireless AP runs 3rd-party embedded Linux

Oct 1, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Residential gateway software specialist Jungo Software Technologies reports that its “OpenRG for Wireless Gateways” embedded Linux distribution and application stack was used by Cisco division Linksys in the recently launched WRV54G Wireless-G VPN Router and access point (AP).

Click for larger view of Linksys WRV54G

The new Linksys Wireless-G router enables sharing a broadband connection and establishing a home or very small business network over Wireless-G (802.11g/54Mbps), or Wireless-B (802.11b/11Mbps) and Ethernet. The device provides 802.1x authorization and authentication, and a RADIUS client. The router and network are configured through a user-friendly web-based management, and the VPN function allows up to 50 remote or traveling users with a VPN endpoint to securely access the office or home network over the Internet.

Jungo says its OpenRG software suite provides an infrastructure for rapidly developing residential gateways, wireless access points, and integrated access devices (IADs). It includes an optimized Linux-based operating system, communication and routing protocols, network security (Stateful Packet Inspection Firewall), wireless LAN security, Virtual Private Networking (VPN), Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), web-based management, remote upgrade capabilities, support for CableHome-based devices, and a wide range of home networking applications, according to Jungo.

Janie Tsao, vice president of sales and business development of Linksys, said, “OpenRG's architecture of software technologies has allowed us to quickly bring to market a customized and unique solution that provides VPN, security, and easier setup and use.”

“By incorporating OpenRG into their new Wireless-G VPN router, Linksys has built on a unified services platform that incorporates the latest networking technologies, eases the user experience and lowers Linksys' overall support costs,” said Ofer Vilenski, CEO and co-founder of Jungo.

Linksys has released the GPL portions of the source code for the WRV54T firmware on its GPL code release page.


 
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