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Can anyone recommend an easy-to-use and small hardware DNS/DHCP server for a home network? I am looking for something reliable and small, preferably running Linux or *BSD, that doesn't use much power and can be switched on all the time.

I would like it to be able to assign IP addresses to specific MACs and act as a DNS server that knows about those addresses.

Any suggestions?

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I ran a Soekris a while ago which was very reliable and offered full control. It had a full installation of FreeBSD running on it with TinyDNS, DHCPD, PF, etc.

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Sounds like you want pretty much anything that runs openWRT. See the hardware page for some suggestions.

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For a small network you could try mDNS which is essentially a server-less DNS tool associated with zero-config networking

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Isn't that software? –  Andrew J. Brehm May 13 '11 at 12:09
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Have you thought about setting up a m0n0wall box? A small atom PC running m0n0wall (a BSD distro) gives DHCP fuctions as well as a few other you may find useful.

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That's a software package. –  Andrew J. Brehm May 13 '11 at 12:10
Yes, but I meant building your own small, low powered PC and installing m0n0wall on that. –  tombull89 May 13 '11 at 12:32
The small low-powered computer is pretty much the thing I am looking for. –  Andrew J. Brehm May 14 '11 at 20:05
Be careful with the Intel Atom platform and m0n0wall. Since the current stable tree of m0n0wall is quite old, you need to check the HCL of m0n0wall (especially the onboard NICs are not supported!). They're working on a never version with a updated FreeBSD which will solve the issue. Looking very forward to this. m0n0wall is such a great firewall/router! –  christianwolff Jul 12 '11 at 11:15
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