I put this device together for fun sometime around the start of 2007. The ideas that spawned this was using OpenWRT on a Linksys WRT54G access point. A surprisingly powerful and full linux distro with all kinds of advanced capabilities running on a Linksys wireless router which Id previously thought to be a reasonably dumb device with computing power more comparable to a calculator than a PC.
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The project opened my eyes to embedded devices, and I wondered what device base I should start with. To cut a long story short and for reasons that I cant even remember anymore I came across the Mikrotik Routerboard 532A and decided that I should start with that.