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So many routers/firewalls/gateways/etc??

By bossdog22 ·
What's the best, but relatively inexpensive router available for home networks? I see SO many available with firewalls that have only NAT, some others have SPI(stateful inspection) & the list of features goes on and on. I'm in the process of selecting a hardware based firewall (I already have software installed my machines) but I really can't tell which ones (if any) are superior in performance. Additionally, I'd like to stay away from wireless routers. Can anyone recommend a couple of products? Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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by LMon In reply to So many routers/firewalls ...

For routers most popular brans are D-link and Linksys. Since they are not going to be wireless you can get them for about $50.00 from your local computer store.


For firewalls they are Norton, Zone Alarm, Mcafee, etc.

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by jumbuck In reply to So many routers/firewalls ...

Recommend you look for a stateful firewall rather that one that just does NAT as this will prevent certain types of attacks. They are a little more expensive though. Do you need dial up as backup or VPN capability? If so, this cuts your choice down even further. There are only a couple DLink DI804-V, a Netgear and a Compro there may be others but perhaps not available where I am. Recommend that you use a proper firewall on the PC as well such as the free versions of Zonealarm or Kerio. You can check your security at http://gc.com to see if it can probe your ports just don't do this at work or your security people will wonder what is happening to the firewall.

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