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Hi all,

i wish to connect locations using DSL both with static IP Adress's, but the problem is i need a very secure firewall on these hardware devices because they will be attached to our network. Its mainly going to be used for just remote printing from our users to these remote depots.

So ive been looking at Zyxel and Netgear products, i hear Zyxel do good firewalls etc, can anyone offer anything they have had experience of or know of any excellent hardware to keep intruders out.

Thanks all!
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Wow thanks for the good response everyone!

It really is going to be a simple connection, the point of all this really is just to print our delivery tickets to the drivers who deliver the product, no users at all on site or apps!

My intention is just to attach a HP Jet direct print box with a fixed IP at the remote end and then anyone should be able to send jobs to it, does this sound feasable?

So the only reason i need it to be secure is just to protect our network at head office as this is where everything is stored. Im a little cautious about putting a DSL internet connection onto it and making it vulnerable to attacks, maybe im being too cautious. Though its because im not sure how 'hackers' get into systems in too much detail in the first place that maybe im being too protective but i think its better than not worrying about it eh?!

Price is also another consideration, because there will be no 'users' exactly just a print box and a printer then theres little justification (in the managements eyes not mine! you cant put a price on being secure eh?) also because this is the first time ive set this up im asking you guys who have done it before for advice so please forgive any 'newb' questions!

Thanks again for the response, this site is great! Think ill look into all the links you guys have given and split the points ill try to add more to split as well!

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I'm not sure this is quite feasible.
You're relying on your central site being able to 'see' all remote printers at any one time, in order to print.
However, dial-up or DSL connections are kicked off by client activity, not by incoming activity unless you subscribe to a business DSL service that supports incoming connections ($$$s).
Depending on the size of your print jobs, perhaps you could stick in a standard dial-up router that would regularly dial-up to your central network every hour or so, and pull print jobs off the queue ?
..or the other way round, where remote sites would dial up and have print jobs pushed out to them ?



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Mmmm so if i had two DSL connections, one at each end and the routers were set to keep the connection alive permantly and both ends had fixed IPs would that not be possible?
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Possible, yes, but your ISP reserves the right to change your external IP addresses whenever they see fit..  :)
If you used a Cisco router in your head office, with a permanent IP address (ie plug it into your Internet feed), then you could use smaller routers in all your branch offices, and configure dynamic VPNs back to head office.
Dynamic VPNs do not need fixed IP addresses, but they do rely on connections made from the remote offices back to head office in order to work.  So - your HP JetDirect device would need to send out more or less continuous polls back to your head office.
You could even use dial-up for this purpose.  Depending on how much printing you guys do, the dial-up solution may be cheaper ?

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