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By Zsolt ·
I need to set-up a small office to connect 10 clients to a database. The database supplier told us that we have to get a router and a firewall. I thought that a router is a firewall. They suggested using a Cisco Pix 501. Can I get just one box that does both? I need VPN and state full inspection as well. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

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by STURNER In reply to Firewall VS Router

For a small office of 10 clients then I would get a sonicwall firewall. ALthough called a firewall, it also includes NAT (which is what the database supplier probably meant when he said router).

Others would agree ot say get something along the lines of:

Checkpoint
Cisco PIX ($$$$$)
Watchguard
Linksys

So on and so on!!!

Hope this helps!!

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by isys In reply to Firewall VS Router

Forget the other choices listed in the first answer. Go to sonicwall.com and look over their web interface demo. It's bulletproof and brain-dead simple. And they certainly have the appliance and features you want. I've been using a Pro VX for five years now and it's like a Maytag.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Firewall VS Router

Routers route traffic from network to network. YOu would get a router to route all of the traffic from your office to the Internet and visa versa.
Firewalls sit either behind or in front of routers (depends on your network setup; behind a router ismore common from what I have seen) and they examine the packets coming in. A firewall will keep unautorized users from connecting to internal machines. For example, you don't want a remote user to connect to TCP port 139 on your Windows machines; that is the NetBIOS port. If a remote user COULD get to this port on your servers, then they could break into your systems, get your data, deface your web sites, and cause all kinds of havoc. So, you put a firewall up that blocks inbound access to thisport.
Now, a firewall can do some packet re-routing. If you have a web server behind the firewall (with an internal IP of 10.1.1.2), but you have an external IP address of 4.15.1.8 that your www domain name resolves to, then the firewall could re-route TCP port 80 requests (the www port for browsing web sites) that come in on 4.15.1.8 and send the requests to 10.1.1.2. That way, eventhough your web server has a different IP address then the IP your domain name has, people could hit your web server.
But a router and a firewall are different things.

I agree with the suggestion of using SonicWall. I have used the SonicWall DMZ firewall, and it was very good for a small office. Go to www.sonicwall.com for details.
Cisco PIX is good also.

hope this helps

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by Thyo-J. A.-a. In reply to Firewall VS Router

There's no such thing as too much security...a router and a firewall will be enough providing
customership won't evolve...like if two sets of hands wouldn't be usefull at times...but yes some
routers may be configured as such...and that makes for not so ligth contraptions and slow at that.

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by sketch88 In reply to Firewall VS Router

the implementation depends on your needs, router can serve some functions of a firewall and packet filtering can be one of those

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