What is a Wireless Router? Well it is a Basic Networking Device which connects all your Wired or Wireless Devices together and connected them to internet or WAN. It is basically a computer which manages all your connected devices.
If you are an average consumer, you are probably going to buy a simple easy-to-use and high-performance router. But if you are tech-head like me then you are going to build one using a “Real” desktop computer and by using the real desktop computer you can do things that no consumer grade router is capable of.
Further you can tweak all the stuff about QoS, Proxy, Squid Caching or even install a real-time antivirus on your router to keep all the suspicious malware and viruses away from your network.
So what actually do you need to build your high performance router? An old PC and some network interface cards to begin with. You can add more hardware to your PC to upgrade your router to match your network requirements in future. That is the beauty of building a router for yourself from scratch.
For the software or “firmware” part of your router, you are going to install pfSense on your hardware. pfSense is a free network firewall distribution which is based on FreeBSD OS and has custom kernel with third-party software packages or “add-ons” to add more functionality and features to your high performance router.
Installing and configuring pfSense on your hardware is very simple. Check out this video in which Logan from TekSyndicate explains the whole process of installing and configuring the pfSense. You can follow along this video to build your high-performance router.
So you have learnt to build your own high performance router which can do Multi-WAN, Server Load Balancing, VPN, QoS and much more stuff. See the complete list of pfSense features here.
Your new high performance router might not look as sexy as a Nighthawk R7000 but it does a lot more than any of the consumer-grade networking solutions. Further you can buy a decent rack mount case to install your router and make it look more professional.