The worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users, NETGEAR has launched its new full-featured wireless router – Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L), which already supports free open source Linux-based Tomato and DD-WRT firmware, and will soon support OpenWRT.

Features Of Netgear WGR614L Open Source Wireless-G Router :

  • High-performance with 240 MHz CPU, 4 MB flash and 16 MB RAM
  • Community website with applications, forums, and downloads
  • 2 dBi gain antennas – one internal and one external
  • “Works with Windows Vista” certified
  • Supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

“The launch of the WGR614L is significant to the open source community as there has been a growing demand for more powerful platforms to support a rapidly growing segment of open source enthusiasts that are seeking to create more robust, commercial-grade applications for their wireless routers,” said Som Pal Choudhury, senior product line manager for advanced wireless, NETGEAR. “In addition to adding a more powerful processor and additional memory to the proven Broadcom platform, the most popular open source firmware, Tomato and DD-WRT, are available on WGR614L making it easier for users to develop a wide variety of applications. An important feature of our offering is the dedicated and responsive open source community which enables users to easily exchange ideas and troubleshoot issues. New applications currently being developed by this community include traffic shaping applications, redirections to captive portals for hotspots, guest access via a separate SSID, upstream and downstream QOS, and intelligent bandwidth monitoring.”

According to the company, “The NETGEAR Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L), which features one 10/100 Internet WAN port and a four-port 10/100 LAN switch, incorporates an 802.11g access point to support wireless connectivity at speeds of up to 54 Mbps. The WGR614L supports static and dynamic routing with TCP/IP, VPN pass-through (IPSec, L2TP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP (client and server), and Bigpond. A Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall protects the network from intruders, and the wireless connection is secured with support for 40-, 128- and 152-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2-PSK, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Additional security features include: Exposed Host (DMZ), MAC address authentication, URL content filtering, logs and e-mail alerts of Internet activity.”

The new NETGEAR Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) is now available for $69.