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DD-WRT: Linux super-power your home router w/Jim Kauffman


6:30 - 7:00: food and socialization

7:00: Jim Kauffman's DD-WRT talk

DD-WRT is a free, after-market BIOS upgrade that converts a consumer-grade Wi-Fi access point into a corporate-class router with features that come stock in routers costing hundreds or thousands of dollars.  The operating system in DD-WRT routers is a custom Linux distribution and supports telnet and SSH (dropbear—server and client) in addition to the HTTP-based web interface for configuration and management.   The lecture will start with a brief overview of Internet Protocol, Network Address Translation, Wi-Fi and encryption and then will include instruction and demonstration on how to identify routers that support DD-WRT, how to obtain and install the software, encrypted tunneling (using L2TP, PPTP and OpenVPN), wireless signal boosting/repeating past the typical 100 meter limit and using the router as a private SOCKS5 proxy server (tunneling over secure SSH).

About Jim Kauffman

Jim started programming in 1981 and worked as a programmer until 1993.  Jim was a network engineer from 1993 until 2003 and managed networks for multi-national firms.  Jim still manages some small networks for friends and old colleagues.  Jim is currently working as a freelance consultant in the Chicago area implementing SAP for a manufacturer in Libertyville.

A special thanks to Veredus for sponsoring food this month!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good presentation. Informative, well presented, and thought out. I think it gives attendees "food for thought"

    June 19, 2013

  • Ralph I.

    Good topic and I'm sure that we could have covered even more ground if the Jim didn't have the problems flashing the router. Still, I appreciated the presentation especially the PPTP demo. Thanks for the presentation.

    June 18, 2013

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