Looking for a reliable, simple router...
kimball at kimballlarsen.com
Tue May 27 10:22:31 MDT 2008
At my office, we currently have the following setup:
DSL Modem ---> Gigabit Switch ---> RVS4000 (Linksys Router) --->
---------------> WRT54G (Gen 2, I believe) ---> Gigabit Switch ---
> Office Network (all office computers, a storage server, etc.)
Both the WRT54G and the RVS4000 have their own public static IP
The WRT54G is running stock firmware from Linksys, and is rock solid.
I never have to touch it. It handles some port forwarding, DHCP, and
static routing for the whole office without so much as a twitch.
The RVS4000, on the other hand, is a pain in my hind end. All it has
to do is route packets on particular ports to the prod servers - all
prod servers have their own private IP addresses (10.10.10.10,
10.10.10.11, etc..) - it's basically just a port forwarding box and
that's it. It chokes weekly and has to be reset (and sworn at)
So, I'm looking for a small, cheap, fast, simple replacement router.
In plunking around the intertubes, I learn that this sort of thing is
mostly hard to find now. Everything comes with a wireless access
point, dual wan ports, redundant failover super duper intrusion
detection gunk, VPN connections, and a whole host of other features I
just don't need.
Here's what I DO need:
Rock solid reliability.
1 Wan port to plug into my modem
4+ Gb Lan ports to plug into my servers (this seems to be the sticking
point for most routers - many do not have gigabit lan ports)
Ability to forward ports by range, specific port number, and TCP/UDP/
Rackmountable would be a bonus.
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