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Comparison in functionality between a closed and two open source distributions in a router
University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With open source router firmware being used for various tasks that would be hard to achieve for the standard closed source router firmware, it is important to compare the two in terms of performance. This study aimed to study the differences in performance between open source router firmware and that of closed source router firmware.

In addition to have measured bandwidth, packet loss and response time has also been measured in order to make it easier for companies/people to make informed decisions regarding whether to use open source router firmware or not.

To further help with decision making, a qualitative study was made to gather data regarding how easy each firmware is to configure and how secure they are.

There were some larger differences between the open source router firmware and that of the closed source router firmware. The closed source router firmware performed better when it came to bandwidth, whereas the open source firmware got better response time and overall better stability. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Open source, Closed source, Router, Firmware, Performance, Bandwidth
National Category
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12725OAI: diva2:949644
Subject / course
Computer Science
Educational program
Network and Systems Administration
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-07-21 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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