Need a VPN capable Firewall/Router
Posted on 2004-10-20
Okay, here goes (first time posting a question)
I need to purchase a Firewall/Router that will allow multiple concurrent VPN connections from different locations. I have employees that travel and need access to the Office LAN. As of now I have a Netgear FVS318 ProSafe Firewall/Router, but it only supports 8 IPSEC connections. I want to put the new Firewall/Router "behind" the FVS318 (supports 100 IPSEC connections) to create a sort of DMZ and forward all VPN connections to the new Firewall/Router.
My questions are:
- What are some recommendations for the new Firewall/Router that I need? I have looked into Netgear FVL328, and my boss loves it because it is cheap, but I'm not sure how well it will perform or how easy it is to setup/use. I've also looked briefly at a CISCO PIX 501, but the price tag is a little high and I've heard that CISCO products are tough to configure and use.
- As far as VPN protocols, I hear that IPSEC is very secure but difficult to setup and use, while PPTP is less secure but easier to use. Any advice on which protocol to use would be helpful. Do the security benefits of IPSEC over PPTP out weigh the ease of use benefits of PPTP?
- What else should I look for in a new Firewall/Router? My company is not very big, but we are growing rapidly. Do some solutions scale better than others.
Thanks In advance.