11 years with FLI4L… good bye

Quite exactly 11 years ago, in may 2003, I discovered FLI4L and used it continuously since then for my private DSL connection and as a fax sever and telephone answering machine. At last this was quite a “zoo” of devices:

  • Arcor “StarterBox” with DSL splitter and minimal telephony functions for two analog devices
  • DSL modem
  • FLI4L on a thin client
  • External ISDN adapter (AVM Fritz!ISDN) via USB on the FLI4L
  • Linksys WRT54GL as switch and for WiFi access

The Linksys WRT54GL was a full-featured WiFi router, but I just used it as access point and switch.

Even though FLI4L worked very well – the hardware does not become better (for example the WRT54GL only provides 100 MBit/s on its switch ports) and the software also reaches its limits. Therefore I turned to the “dark side” – an AVM Fritz!Box 7390 (with up to date firmware) which provides all functions which were distributed to several single devices before. Only the “StarterBox” is still needed since the Fritz!Box needs separate connections for DSL and ISDN:

DSL hardware, may 2014

As a comparison the installation as it was used before:

DSL hardware, march 2014

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