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    Star Lounger
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    Wellington, New Zealand
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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.


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    Renton, Washington, USA
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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.

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