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In South Africa, international bandwidth is very expensive, while local only bandwidth is significantly cheaper.  One can expect to pay in the region of R50/GB for international bandwidth, and around R10/GB for local only bandwidth.

Local Router enables you to split international and local traffic between two different connections, so that only data which is destined for international servers ends up going through the international account, saving you money.

Local Router is a telnet script which modifies the routing table on your ADSL router.  This makes it compatible with nearly any router which boasts a telnet interface (which happens to be most routers).  The chances of Local Router working on your router are very good! 

There are versions of Local Router for computers running Windows, Linux, Mac and FreeBSD.

If Local Router doesn't work on your router, please let us know!

Fun times :-D

posted Jan 29, 2010, 1:59 AM by David Way

Hi all,

The site is averaging a good number of hits, actually alot more then I was hoping for when I started this site!  We've had 1 205 page views, from 297 different people, and have averaged around 12 hits per day.  Thats not bad!  Well, by my standards :P

56% of the traffic comes from referring sites (mainly MyBroadband and developers.locality.co.za, 29% comes from search engines, and the rest is direct traffic.

I've had several questions regarding getting this script to run on Billion 400G, Siemens Gigaset SX762 and Billion BiPAC 7300MA routers.  It seems that nobody has managed yet!  If you have managed, please let us all know!

Also, if anyone can get the script running in windows so that it can download and process its own route files, life will be alot easier for all of us!  Please let us know with that one too :)

Site updated, Mac Support Required

posted Dec 22, 2009, 8:49 AM by David Way

I've sorted out the mess that was the Setup and Usage Instructions, so now it makes sense!  I think...  If you don't think so, please be sure to let me know.

In the month of November, I used Local Router for the entire month.  On a daily basis, I checked my usage on my two accounts (Local and International).  66% of my bandwidth went through my local-only account!  Although, because I wasn't paying for the data on this account, I did download alot of files from servers which I know have local mirrors, and I did use a local proxy server for some of my browsing, so this figure is a bit higher then it normally would be.

I've had a few people asking for a Local Router for Mac.  Which is great!  The issue I have is that I don't have a mac!  If anybody has any knowledge with respect to writing scripts in mac, please let me know!  Maybe the best place to let me know would be on the MyBroadband forum topic.  Thanks!

Netgear DG834GU Supported

posted Dec 1, 2009, 7:47 AM by David Way

This is one of the routers which Telkom supplies with their Do Broadband packages.  I have been motivated to get Local Router working on this router (kinda because I got an upgrade).

The only trick is to enable telnet, by going to in your web browser.  Telnet is now enabled, and will remain enabled for 5 minutes after the last activity on the telnet interface.  Note that you don't need to login to the router, so anyone on your network can access the telnet interface while it is open.

Download the "netgear" version of the script (for Linux), and run it as you would run any other Local Router script (See Setup and Usage Instructions), the only difference being that you don't need to open the file and insert your password.

In Windows, follow the generic instructions, except that when you open the .txt file to insert your pasword, delete the following lines instead of inserting your password:
wait "ogin: "
send "root\m"
wait "word: "
send "<password>\m"

Unfortunately I don't have time to write up a proper howto, as I am going away for a while.  I'll do that when I get back.

Windows Beta version of Local Router released

posted Nov 25, 2009, 11:43 AM by David Way

Finally, a Windows version of Local Router!

It works, but not quite as well as the Linux version.  But its a start.  Try it, and let us know what you think!

Anybody out there who is interested in bettering it?  Please go ahead!  And tell us how to do it :P

Do enjoy!

ADSL Price Implosion!

posted Nov 23, 2009, 5:16 AM by David Way

ADSL prices are dropping on a daily basis!  The latest is MyISP, which is offering a 3GB cap for R60 a month, which works out at R20 a gig!

Their local-only offerings are also pretty impressive, at R6.50 a gig (in a 10 gig package), and R5.83 per gig (in a 30 gig package).

See Cheapest ADSL Available in South Africa for more info.

Site Updated

posted Nov 22, 2009, 2:25 PM by David Way   [ updated Nov 22, 2009, 2:36 PM ]

Finally, the time has been found to update the site.
Still on the todo list:
  • I've made a silly little logo, and shall upload that shortly.
  • I'm going to create a script to do exactly the same thing from computers running Windows.  I've tried convincing a few people to start using Linux just so that they can run Local Router, and, erm, they weren't to keen.  Hope to have that done within the next few days.
Keep it local!

Support added for more routers

posted Nov 20, 2009, 6:38 AM by David Way   [ updated Nov 20, 2009, 6:46 AM ]

Friday 20 November 2009

  • Support for routers running DD-WRT added.
  • Updated "generic scripts".  All routers mentioned on this site run with one of these two scripts.  These scripts will work with almost all routers.
The instructions section is yet to be updated to reflect these changes.  This will happen in the next day or so.

Please let us know about your experience with Local Router!  We'd love to know how many people are actually using it :)

Many thanks go to nihilist  for his work on the generic scripts! 

Check out the discussion on My Broadband.

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