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Discussion in 'Networking' started by gurutech, Apr 10, 2012.

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  1. gurutech

    gurutech Thread Starter

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    I'm on the market for a highly configurable, but inexpensive (under $100, if possible), router/firewall for home use.

    Requirements:
    • Reserved DHCP IP Addresses
    • Configurable Rules to block internet during certain times, but only for certain IP addresses or services
    • Port Forwarding
    • Uses itself (192.168.x.1) as primary DNS, followed by ISP's DNS (Not one or the other)
    • Compatible with DynDNS/No-IP type sites
    • Security Log
    • Configurable services/ports
    • Site blocking
    • One WAN, 4 LAN ports; 10/100 required, 1000 nice to have

    Nice to have:
    • Full VPN Capabilities (from PC to device)

    Currently running a Netgear FVS114, but the connection keeps dropping, and I have to manually cycle the power on it about once every couple days. Haven't seen a firmware update on it in a while (I'm running the most recent), and Netgear doesn't sell it any longer. I know SonicWall firewalls are good, but can't justify the minimum $300 cost for home use.

    Thanks!
     
  2. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    The Netgear FVS114 was a miserable router. It works occassionally but over time experiences performance and reliability issues especially when loaded down. It's good that Netgear canned this product. I pulled one out from a former company I worked for. While I was beta testing the new Cisco PIX515E in the environment, the other employees got wind of it and were beating down my door to gain access because of how terrible the FVS114 was.

    You'll find the FVS318 a much better router and will meet all the needs you've outlined. The FVS318 has been around a very long time and has gone through various version upgrades.
     
  3. gurutech

    gurutech Thread Starter

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    What about the FVS318G? Seems to be the same thing, with the addition of Gigabit Ethernet.
     
  4. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    You could use the FVS318G.
     
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