Need router recommendation

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Heeter, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi all,

    Need a router recommendation:

    Small business running 1 Email/FTP/Web server and one 1 DC/DHCP/DNS/Print Server, 10 workstations. All Windows Server 2003 and XP machines.

    Current router has bitten the dust, third one in three years. Need a more viable, reliable solution.

    All machines are gigbit as well as the rackmount switch. A 4port would do just fine.

    Latest casualty was a Netgear Prosafe VPN 8port router.


    Thanks in advance,

    Heeter
     
  2. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

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    Linksys WRT54GL with DD-WRT.
     
  3. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    or Tomato.

    Though I'm running an old spare PC on pfsense. Outspecs our routers at work :D
     
  4. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    WRT54GL



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  5. American Zombie

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    Will that router do gigabit speeds?
     
  6. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hey thanks,

    I am wondering about that AZ, as the reason that this router as well as the other two was because of melted wan ports.

    Maybe the next one should a gigabit one.


    Heeter
     
  7. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    WRT54GL does not do gigabit. I'm actually disappointed with the quality of the cost effective wireless routers Linksys has that does Gigabit :(
     
  8. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    WRT54GS + tomato 1.17 here :D
     
  9. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hmm,

    I downloaded this ddwrt

    I installed like it showed, and now I cannot get into the password.

    tried resetting the thing, tried the default password, nothing

    does ddwrt have a password?

    Heeter
     
  10. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    Cisco 7606, they're quite nice. Though a bit noisy if they are going to be in the same room :p
     
  11. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    I like my D-Link Gamerlounge. It has a ton of nice features right out of the box, and the interface looks like a well-done web page.

    For about $120 you'd get gigabit and Draft-N.
     
  12. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    LOL.. i'm guessing that will probably be out of their price range. But yes, they are quite nice.
     
  13. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    Heavy buggers too with a couple blades in them. May well be out of the price range but I still look forward to the day when we can get 10GBase internet :p
     
  14. X-Istence

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    No, you need to follow their instructions, and probably telnet into it, and set a root password.

    Another great router is Via C7, board with 2 GB of ram, 2 x 1 Gbit cards, running PfSense.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127134 (D-Link DGE-530T)
    http://clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=A4842001 (VIA pc-1 Platform VIA C7-D 1.5GHz CPU + VIA CN700 Chipset Motherboard Retail PC2500E)

    With a small hard drive, and some RAM you should be good to go. Will be extremely fast and flexible.
     
  15. the_tazinator

    the_tazinator Are we there yet?

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    I recommend M0n0wall or pfSense (depending on your needs). Both are free to download and can be installed on a standard PC using a hard drive or a compact flash card. If you want something that is a little more compact you can also purchase dedicated hardware to install it on. They do support Gig NICs but you may want to check hardware support before installing/buying anything.

    I have found that using a Linksys router is fine for home use but when you start adding more and more machines, it is not robust enough to handle the large amount of connections a network of 10 machine can generate, even with dd-wrt on the router.