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Suggestions on a good router for following enviroment

By DavidOrcus
Oct 13, 2011
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  1. Hello,

    Suggestions on a Good Router, just looking for any general advice from experience!

    Will have following devices on the relevant network.

    1 Windows 2008 SRV
    1 Web Server PC for Demo Sites
    1 FTP Server PC
    11 Desktops PC'S Wired (running XP Pro SP3 or Win7 Pro) using internet for an array of different reasons
    1 Wireless Laptop
    Several wireless Smart Phones.

    Things I would like the router to have:

    Gigabyte connection ports
    MAC address filtering for wireless
    NAT\Firewall settings to only allow certain static Public IP'S

    If you need any more info then please ask...

    Thanks, David
     
  2. gguerra

    gguerra TS Maniac Posts: 317

    I would suggest getting a wireless-n router such as a Cisco/Linksys for less thab <$100 and a gigabit switch.. Most router/switch combinations do not have that many ports.

    Router: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124414
    16 port Switch: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833129035
    24 port Switch: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833129021

    On this router (much like any linksys) you can open up certain ports and direct them to certain static ip's
    So you can for example direct all traffic on port 80 (http) to 192.168.1.X (or whatever)
     
  3. DavidOrcus

    DavidOrcus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Firewall / Nat

    Hello gguerra,

    Thanks for the reply looks like a very good router.

    Just one question:

    I understand you can open up certain ports and direct them to certain local static ip's.

    However, can you configure the firewall/nat to only allow certain individual remote public ip's from different locations.

    I have tried to look at documenation on the linksys website but couldn't really see this facility!

    Thanks again, David
     
  4. gguerra

    gguerra TS Maniac Posts: 317

    I believe you can only do it by MAC address.. I am not sure..

    You may need to look at something on a higher end. You can always set up a wireless router like the one above as an access point and get an appliance such as a Sonicwall to handle your security.
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    I love MAC Filtering, but as yet, found that once you enable it and enter the first device
    (wifi or otherwise) it then becomes all inclusive, meaning it applies to ALL CONNECTIONS regardless of being wired or wifi.

    IMO, that level of control is worth the extra effort; eg: without it, Mr Junior Staffmember could bring his own wifi router into the shop, connect and enable it and you would not know that occurred. With Mac filtering, Staffmember can not make the connection :)
     

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