Confused on DSL Router Firewall? - what to buy?
Posted on 2003-11-26
I have a small network with several servers. I have a single DSL connection with a Linksys DSL Router BEFSR41 which shares the DSL connection with everyone (20) on my network. Not very expensive and works fine. This DSL router 192.168.0.1. is the gateway for the network.
I am not real sure on this, I only know what works, but I understand that these Routers are not real firewalls. The only feature I currently use on the router is port forwarding. Example map port 7080 to port 7080 but to computer 192.168.0.7 my webserver. I can only map ten ports to ports on other computers which I am using for SMTP, FTP, VNC, OWA etc.
Can you recommend an inexpensive firewall, (under $100?) that would let me have some more control. Or should I abandon the DSL router and run everything through Windows 2000 server?
Kind of scary thought since the hardware gateway works pretty well... TIA-TOMG