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Best router for port forwarding?

By jonhunt2 ·
Hello all:

I have a client who has a simple one-server environment. Users are generally mobile and connect in the office and outside the office. They currently use Exchange server for their email with an Actiontec DSL Gateway (provided by Qwest) which I have configured to forward ports 25 (and others for VPN and RPC over HTTP) to the server.

Every other day or so, if connections are not working, they reboot the Actiontec and that seems to help, but we shouldn't have to reboot that often. Since the server is performing VPN end point, I just need VPN pass-through port forwarding. What's a good, reliable, and cost-effective router/firewall that we could use? Would Linksys or NetGear work OK or are they in the same class as the Actiontec? (We'll still use the Actiontec, but we'll turn off NAT and just use it in bridge mode. We have 5 static IPs available.)

Thanks,
Jon

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by CG IT In reply to Best router for port forw ...

if you have to reboot a router on a continual basis to get it to work somethings not right. Linksys, Netgear are good reliable low cost consumer level routers. [I bought an el cheapo [like $20.00 USD on sale] Airlink Wireless router to play with wireless and wouldn't ya know it it works good to. Not as nifty looking as a linksys but heck it does the job.

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by escheitz In reply to Best router for port forw ...

You should take a look at the Linksys BEFSX41

"The Linksys Instant Broadband? EtherFast?Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch/VPN Endpoint is the perfect solution for connecting a small group of PCs to a high-speed broadband Internet connection or a 10/100 Ethernet backbone. The Router can be configured to limit internal users? Internet access based on URLs and/or time periods?URL filtering and time filtering. For enhanced protection against intruders from the Internet, the Router features an advanced Stateful Packet Inspection firewall."

http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=433

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by jonhunt2 In reply to

Thanks. We may get one that provides more than two sessions, though. :)

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by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to Best router for port forw ...

Be aware that the BEFSX41 does not work properly on DSL, with the current production firmware -- v1.50.18. You can Google it, or check these links:

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12669454~mode=flat

This is a download link for a BETA release firmware. Use at your own risk!
http://www.speedguide.net/~brian/Linky153.zip

So far, the above BETA release firmware fixed my DSL problem.

If you want to use this router with DSL and production firmware, you can set the clients to directly dial your DSL carrier. Somewhat of a jury-rig, but it does seem to work.

Good luck.

Craig Herberg

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by jonhunt2 In reply to

Thanks for the head's up!

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by PeteH In reply to Best router for port forw ...

Draytek Vigor 2600 or 2600G (Wireless) has VPN built in, firewall, and just what you need - a port forwarding table to allow different ports to go to different servers.. plus a DMZ machine - you can nominate one IP to appear on the WAN IP.

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by jonhunt2 In reply to

Thank you.

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by mendenhallre In reply to Best router for port forw ...

Hotbrick offer good cheap solutions for soho. www.hotbrick.com

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by jonhunt2 In reply to

Thank you.

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