rant; home Internet routers 

dnsmasq does DNS, DHCP, and is generally speaking an almost complete solution for a "router" providing access to many machines in a local area network. By default, it automatically maintains a local DNS populated with the hostnames of DHCP clients.

It was first released in 2001. Twenty one years ago. It is solid, reliable, highly regarded free software.

In 2022, I don't know of any commercial "home routers" that use it. Instead, they just suck.

re: rant; home Internet routers 

@liw GL.Inet home routers use it, but that’s not surprising as they run a custom build of OpenWrt.

dnsmasq feels almost like an instance of but substitute “Keswick” for “Nebraska”

rant; home Internet routers 

@liw I did buy a specific brand of commercial router (TP-Link) only to install openwrt on it. Being able to ping my .lan devices is so comfortable.

rant; home Internet routers 

@liw @meena Asus routers run a version of DDWRT, I believe.

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