Home Router Recommendations?
kimball at kimballlarsen.com
Tue Apr 15 11:12:54 MDT 2008
On Apr 15, 2008, at 10:51 AM, Grant Robinson wrote:
> On Apr 15, 2008, at 9:36 AM, Kimball Larsen wrote:
>> So, like many of you, I've got some servers set up at my house to
>> do things like serve my personal domains and handle my email, etc.
>> I currently use a somewhat old Netgear FVS318 (Version 1 - about 4
>> years old) to act as my firewall/router - it works pretty well, but
>> I have 2 issues with it: first, I can only forward 16 ports with
>> it - which means I occasionally have to decide on which services to
>> disable to be able to enable others. Secondly, it does not work
>> properly with transferring files over IM, which is a tad annoying.
>> In the past I've used a full linux box as the router, and while
>> that was more flexible, it was harder to set up initially and tweak
>> when needed.
>> So, I'm interested to know what sorts of routers everyone has set
>> up? Items that are important to me include:
>> Ability to forward as many ports as I want (tcp/udp
>> differentiation as well)
>> Web-based configuration over ssl
>> Cheap(ish) ( < $100)
>> Intrusion detection/prevention
>> DOS attack detection/prevention
> My suggestion doesn't fit in the < $100 price range, but my favorite
> general-purpose router that I have ever used is a Soekris box.
> They are about the size of a your typical home router (such as a
> linksys wrt54g). Setup is pretty simple:
> 1) Download image of m0n0wall or shorewall or other firewall/router
> 2) use dd to copy it to CF card
> 3) insert CF card into Soekris box, and power on
> You can find better directions than that on the web, but you get the
> They cost more than your average home router, but they also are MUCH
> more stable. Just to give you an example, I have one hooked up to a
> fiber connection that serves a block of public IP's, and acts as a
> firewall and router for those IPs. It sustains a pretty consistent
> load of 3-5 Mbps, with spikes up to 20 or 30 Mbps and has not needed
> to be rebooted in a LONG time. In fact, I don't remember EVER
> having to reboot it, which means if it has happened, it hasn't
> happened very often. I run m0n0wall, but you can run a variety of
> operating systems on it. m0n0wall is FreeBSD-based, has a web
> configuration, and can do just about anything you would want and/or
> If you aren't down with the price, a good second choice is to use a
> Linksys WRT-54* (WRT-54GS, etc) model that allows you to use
> OpenWRT, and use that as your router. I've had much better
> stability with OpenWRT on consumer-grade routers than with the built-
> in software.
>  <http://www.soekris.com/>
Thanks, Grant. I'll look into this.
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