Firewall Hardware Recommendation?

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  1. silentak1

    silentak1 New Member

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    I'm interested in buying a firewall hardware to connect to my dsl modem/router. Just need medium protection but it must be reliable (no downtime).

    What would you guys recommend?
     
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    home or business? users? what kind of bandwidth? vpn? servers? redundancy? budget?
     
  3. silentak1

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    It's for a home, but what are the advantages of buying a small business firewall unit?

    It will run on a standard DSL line (3.0mbps down), no vpn/servers, just needs to be reliable and stop common attacks. Budget is <$150.
     
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    If your budget is <$150 then you're not getting any decent SBiz solution.

    I'd recommend a Linksys WRT54Gv4 for $50 and then throw DD::WRT on it.

    Save the rest of your money. a 3Mbps line is nothing in terms of bandwidth and any router should handle that fine.
     
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    Okay, so for <$150 you'd recommend the WRT54Gv4. What's a DD::WRT?

    Is there any "firewall only" hardware? I don't really want to change the router since it's already built-in to the modem (2wire dsl modem+router combination)
     
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    eww. 2wire == crap. I'd recommend getting a standard DSL modem.

    It's cheaper to use these consumer gateways for your purposes than it is to get a purpose-built hardware firewall. You don't need the benefits of a purpose-built hardware firewall, so it's a waste to go that route.
     
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    Are you sure you're modem/router doesn't have a built in firewall already? (My parents have one of those from SBC and it has a built in firewall)

    I agree with potroast on this one, I hated my parents 2wire. I really like my ZyXEL X-550 though.
     
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    they have a very basic one.
     
  9. silentak1

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    The 2wire does have a basic firewall, but who knows how effective this may be. I'll look into the Linksys unit, but still don't understand what DD::WRT means? Sounds very...technical.
     
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    DD-WRT is a 3rd party firmware that offers advanced features that the OEM firmware doesn't have.
     
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    Cool. I'll look it up once I buy the WRT54Gv4.

    Thanks guys.
     

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