The router finally arrived, but it’s knackered, so has to be replaced in a few days (after 20e worth of phonecalls and Pip’s time). In the meantime I’ve been using my Netgear.

I’ve found that not only do Free give you a fixed IP for free, they also give you reverse DNS, which most web hosts don’t even give you. So I’ve setup an A record in my DNS, so I can access my router from wherever I am without having to use something like DynDNS.

Free seem to be very Linux-friendly too, I expect the Freebox is Linux-based like the Netgear, they even have USB drivers for it, although I use ethernet of course. I wonder if anyone’s hacked it yet to allow you SSH access or SATA connection…..