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Thread: Router options - HO network
2004-01-10, 08:48 #1
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Router options - HO network
Looking to get a modem for a small home / home business network (Currently ICS on XP - cable internet with fixed IP address).
I am attracted to the D-Link DI-704P for a couple of reasons (price + printer port). Tax admin issues here in NZ make the price attractive (low enough that I would not have to treat it as an asset). Also the D-Link routers sold in NZ have a "built in client" for the cable system that I am on (so hopefully likelihood of problems less?).
My only concern is whether the built in firewall is "up to scatch". Other (dearer) routers appear to claim more robust(?) firewall capabilities - the marketing putting emphasis on their VPN & SPI capabilities; eg. see specs for:
+ D-Link DI-804HV VPN Firewall ...
+ Netgear FR114P, True Firewall ...
& going by the prices, other models that are even more robust (but well beyond what I can justify for a home business).
However, the specs seem to indicate that the DI-704P has at least VPN Pass Through Function (PPTP, L2TP, IPSec); Also states "Supports DHCP, VPN, PPP, PAP / CHAP Security".
So, how much more robust are the firewalls in the DI-804HV & FR114P? Is SPI worth the extra $$$ (& the pain of carrying forward yet another minor item as a capital asset for the next n years)? Certainly not running an internet server or similar.
Comments on the technical merits of the various cheaper router options would be much apprecated.
2004-01-10, 18:10 #2
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Re: Router options - HO network
Regardless of which one you get, you will still need to run a software firewall to control the out going. The hardware ones will block the incoming.
I am running the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> version of ZoneAlarm with a NetGear RT314 and it (the router) is several years old.
Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.