Looking for a reliable, simple router...

Peter Bowen peter at bowenfamily.org
Tue May 27 14:41:17 MDT 2008

In a similar vein, I use Clark Connect.  It is running well on as the 
firewall for my cable modem.  The only time I reboot my box is to 
upgrade major releases. :)  It has some pretty nice reporting, and there 
are a number of multi-port cards out there such as 
http://www.aei-it.com/hardware/gigenet/x1000.htm.  Good Luck!


Kimball Larsen wrote:
> At my office, we currently have the following setup:
> DSL Modem ---> Gigabit Switch ---> RVS4000 (Linksys Router) ---> 
> Production Servers
>                     |
>                     ---------------> 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 
> addresses.
> 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 (, 
>, etc..) - it's basically just a port forwarding box and 
> that's it.  It chokes weekly and has to be reset (and sworn at) 
> routinely.
> 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/Both
> Rackmountable would be a bonus.
> Any suggestions?
> - Kimball
> http://www.kimballlarsen.com
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