Hardware Firewall/Router Recommendations for Home Network

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by TheKid7, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    Currently my Internet Speed is ‘adequate’ for what I do. Last week my ISP upgraded my bandwidth to 300 Mbps. My Cable Modem states a maximum speed of 383 Mbps. My UTM Firewall states a maximum speed of around 160 Mbps (However, real world tests for my UTM Firewall show about 60 Mbps which is about what Internet Speed tests show.).

    I would like to replace my UTM Firewall with somewhat faster hardware.

    At one time I was thinking about making my own UTM Firewall with Sophos UTM as the Free OS. However, now I am thinking about just getting something less complicated.

    Some things that I have been considering:

    1. Ubiquiti Router (If you think that this is a good choice please, suggest a model.)

    2. Pfsense powered Firewall (If you think that this is a good choice, please suggest some reasonably priced vendors that sell hardware with pfsense already installed/configured.)

    3. Purchase a ‘Name Brand’ Gaming Router (Turn-off wireless since I don’t need it.)(If you think that this is a good choice, please suggest a good/reliable manufacturer and model number(s).)

    4. Please suggest any other option(s) that you feel may be a good choice.

    Thanks in Advance.
     
  2. fax

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    For your number 3, the simplest solution, sort of "set and forget" is Asus RT models with AiProtection lifetime license (Trend Micro malicious site blocking, Two-way IPS, IoT protection). A good model would be the ASUS RT-AC86U.
     
  3. entropism

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    If he doesn't use wireless, why pay that much? You can get the RT-AC68U for as low as $50.

    I can't believe someone wouldn't have a use for wireless in their home though.
     
  4. TheKid7

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    I have an ASUS Wireless Router that I changed to an Access Point (AP) and only use it maybe once a month for short periods of time. I purchased the AP primarily for a Relative that visited for a couple of weeks earlier this year. I leave the AP turned off when I don't need it. I like 'hard-wired'.
     
  5. fax

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    Well, RT-AC68U can suffer if under pressure and with AiProtection turned ON. I understood that the operator needs something robust which can cope with the stress. :)

    @TheKid7 Not sure if your model support AiProtection, in any case it will not work in AP mode (only router mode)
    If you don't use WIFI then turn it off
     
  6. TheKid7

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    I leave the AP Powered-Off.
     
  7. fax

    fax Registered Member

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    why you don't use it directly attached to your modem and get rid of the firewall UTM?
    Or it is an old non-supported model?
     
  8. TheKid7

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    This is what I am using for an AP:

    Model: ASUS Wireless-N300 3-in-1 Router/AP/Range Extender
     
  9. fax

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    I see, that model does not come with AiProtection.
     
  10. TheKid7

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    Do you know of a list of Model Numbers that come with AiProtection and have at least 300 Mbps hardwired speed?
     
  11. Sm3K3R

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    If you want a real router with a proper firewall get a Router OS based device , a cheap Mikrotik router.
    What you get is often software updates and furthermore , highly customisable firewall.
    Keep in mind the default rules are lax and that you need to enforce block all rules on all chains(input ,forward, output) after you let tru what you need.
    Do not block untill you allow yourself thru though.
     
  12. fax

    fax Registered Member

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    Here you have a complete list, sorry you will need to double check for Mbps. Most of those should anyway.

    https://www.asus.com/AiProtection/
     
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