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Hello!
Does anyone have any experience with using Linux computers as routers?
What is the status of Linux routers, are they working properly now (ie could they be used for production purposes)?
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I don't have much experience setting this up but I've looked at it before and didn't really have time to play with it. There is a project called "Linux Router Project" or "LPR" which was shutdown because the author couldn't afford keeping it going. You can check it's website at http://www.linuxrouter.org/. There's another project called FREESCO which stands for "Free Cisco", you can checkout the website at http://www.freesco.org/. it's not yet at a mature level but you can review it and ask the users that use it and then make your own decision whether it can be used for production. Other than that, I'm not aware of another Linux Router project going on.

Regards,

-Thomas
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you need to use iptables  and ipchains to set up the routes. Install iptables package on your box.
This link might help you out
http://www.yolinux.com/TUTORIALS/LinuxTutorialIptablesNetworkGateway.html
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It's the best ideea you could have. It's much more powerful than a Windows machine and more flexible than a standard router.
Here's some documentation about how to set up a linux box to work as a router:
http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache:4nVejBGx-ukJ:downloads.apc.edu.ph/books/Using%2520Linux%2520as%2520a%2520Router.pdf+using+linux+as+a+router&hl=en&ie=UTF-8


Hope this  helps

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