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Need router recommendation


Overclocked Like A Mother
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,



Overclocked Like A Mother
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.



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Political User
WRT54GL does not do gigabit. I'm actually disappointed with the quality of the cost effective wireless routers Linksys has that does Gigabit :(
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.
LOL.. i'm guessing that will probably be out of their price range. But yes, they are quite nice.
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


Political User

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?

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.


Are we there yet?
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.

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