feedback on VPN routers--which to buy

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  1. nmaynan

    nmaynan Registered Member

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    I'm going to be picking up a VPN router for secure connections to the internet while I'm away on business. I don't have any previous experience using these, so am not sure which brand/model to go with. Here are the models I've narrowed down to. Anybody have experience with these? Any problems or strengths/weaknesses one has over another? My primary desires are to have strong security, reliable connections, and good throughput. I'd also appreciate any input on where I might learn more about people's appraisals of these models to help me make a decision. thanks.

    Syswan SW24
    D-Link DIR-130
    Netgear FVS318
     
  2. SweX

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    Hello.

    Well i just bought my self a new DrayTek router wich i would like to recommend to you.

    It is a DrayTek router 2820n wich includes following

    Inbuild- adsl2+ modem
    firewall
    vpn
    and WIFI draft 2.0 N connection (if needed)

    more info on the router: http://www.draytek.com/product/Adsl2plus_Firewall/Vigor2820n.php <<

    And customer reviews here:http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/Reviews.asp?ProductID=5267

    OR IF YOU WANT THE MODEL WITHOUT WIRELESS ABILITY
    WICH IS A LITTLE CHEAPER CHECK HERE:
    http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/Reviews.asp?ProductID=5266 <<

    Or here:
    http://www.draytek.com/product/Adsl2plus_Firewall/Vigor2820.php <<

    And since i have no experience with those 3 brands you name do i recommend a brand that have very high quality on their products. Wich i have used a couple of years without a singel problem.

    And regarding Routers i general i say " You get what you pay for " but that's my experience.

    I hope this helps you out !-) Cheers.
     
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    pandlouk Registered Member

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    I have never seen a Syswan router in action but between D-Link and Netgear I'd choose netgear.

    I like better netgears logging ability and reports.

    Panagiotis
     
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    What VPN features are you looking for? PPTP? IPSec? SSL browser based?

    Last week I setup a DIR-130...it's a good little bang for the buck router.

    Linksys/Cisco makes their RV0 series..which has a great PPTP VPN server built in, I'm not fond of their IPSec VPN client however.

    Netgear also has a decent little SSL VPN box...the FVS336G
    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30280/51/
     
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    Another consideration you may want to consider...a UTM appliance (Unified Threat Management).

    I've been moving my SMB clients over to UTM appliances over the past couple of years, removing their plain NAT routers (like those above) with UTM appliances.

    All of the above suggested routers are really just plain NAT routers..they do your typical NAT/SPI features. All they really do is protect your network from outside intrusion, not much different than your typical home grade router. However...todays computers are suffering from additional threats, such as the common rogue antivirus threats out there like XPAntivirus2009, phishing, bad spam, etc. UTM appliances help give you additional protection from these threats, by doing scanning of traffic through them right there..at the gateway (no performance hit on the workstations).

    At the clients I've implemented these UTM appliances at...I've had noticeably reduced issues.

    You also get a slew of other services from these appliances...content filtering, blocking of unwanted traffic such as P2P/torrents, IM, logging, various VPN abilities, etc.

    Many of them are "free"..you can download and install on a spare PC you have, quite easily. 2x good examples...
    http://www.endian.com/en/
    and the one I'm using more often...
    http://www.untangle.com/

    Other pre-made ones...such as Netgears STM series
    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30716/110/
     
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