My old WRT54GL flashed with Tomato had a kind of local DNS service. I wrote backup scripts on a server to check which of my multi-boot OS's was active and to proceed accordingly. These scripts rely on local DNS recognition as does ssh and others. My system long ago became too complex to easily use the /etc/hosts file for this purpose.
I bought a Netgear r7800 based on recommendations here and it seems to be a nice router. I replaced my old router with the r7800 yesterday, but haven't yet flashed it with OpenWrt. My question is in the subject: will OpenWrt handle my local DNS needs? If so, can you point me to some documentation? If not, I suppose I may have to install bind on my debian server and use that for local machine recognition. Any opinions on the best way to address this?
btw, as some have said when I was asking about hardware, the r7800 is more than 50% faster in download speeds than the old Linksys.