I have an old hp that i installed ubuntu on and I was wondering how I can turn it into a real router. By real router I don't just mean broadcast the internet but use security software, configurations, and all the stuff normally found on a real router. What are the steps i need to take? I dont have 2 NIC's in it just one but I do have a wireless usb that I can just stick into it.
There are a number of linux distros that are tailored specifically for use as routers/firewalls
There are also BSD based options as well.