Netgear launches open source router

Netgear has announced the launch of the Open Source Wireless-G Router, WGR614L, designed to serve as a "reliable, high performance" platform to support a wide variety of applications created by the open source community.

The router is "Works with Windows Vista" certified, features a 240MHz MIPS32 CPU core with 16 KB of instruction cache, 16KB of data cache, 1KB of pre-fetch cache, and incorporates 4MB of flash memory and 16MB of RAM.

The router supports free open source Linux-based Tomato and DD-WRT firmware and will soon support OpenWRT.

The WGR614L is supported by a dedicated open source router community, www.myopenrouter.com, which provides open source firmware downloads, forums, blogs, articles, source code, and user guides, and claims to provide users with dedicated and responsive support by open source experts.