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Router Problem

Posted on 2006-11-17
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Our Internet goes down every 2 days. What I have to do is Reset the Internal router and its good to go for another 2-4 days.  I need to find a better solution.   I have checked from our ISP and It shows the connection is good and stable.  We are a small business about 25 Users, 2 Server.  Here's how we have our Network Setup.  

ISP MAIN ROUTER( Dlink 8 port Gigabit Switch)  =>  INTERNAL ROUTER( NETGEAR : Prosafe 54 mbps Wireless Fireless w/ USP PRint Server) => 2 Netgear Switches

How can I fix this problem? Should I get a Cisco Router for my Internal Router?

Question by:Nirmit79
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Expert Comment

by:Keith Alabaster
ID: 17967957
For that number of users a small Cisco PIX is not expensive and is a great investment. At my old age I still believe fully in the statement 'you get what you pay for' but the Pix is the best investment imagineable.

Netgear and other small office/home office routers are inconsistent in their build quality imo. A good one will last forever and give you no grief at all but a rogue one will cause you grief for just as long so yes, that is what I would do.
If you are using wireless though you will still need an access point as the Pix does not carry this function.

Have you tried upgrading the firmware for your Netgear router from their ite? www.netgear.com and use the downloads feature then use the upgrade function from within the router setup screen via your browser.

Author Comment

ID: 17968755
I am not using Wireless Network. My basic needs are stability and security. So if Cisco PIX can provide me Good Firewall Protection as well as avoid Frequent Interent Downtime, It would  be ideal for me.  Is there a particular Model I should go for and How would I keep the same settings I have on my current ROUTer?

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by:Keith Alabaster
ID: 17968986
They are not interchangeable/importable so they would have to be configured from scratch. The Pix comes with a gui so can be setup through a browser and various wizards.

The PIX will give you ideal performance and resilience, make sure you get the appropriate licence. Something like a 501, 506 or even a 515 with an appropriate licence count would suffice. Allows VPN connections as well.

depending on your future use (and budget0, you may want to consider this.


Its the new product range from Cisco that combines firewall, vpn and filtering all in a single box. Even caters for anti-virus blah blah blah.

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Author Comment

ID: 17969287
If that is the case where would I configure the router from? same as what i did for Current router..goto its ip address and configure?

Author Comment

ID: 17969331
Also, I have to be in a budget.  Something under $1000..  
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Keith Alabaster earned 250 total points
ID: 17969339
It comes with a console cable so initially you would talk to it through this. You'd run the setup wizard that sets the internal/external IP's and subnet masks, and such and take it from there. :)

To be honest, there are stacks of sample configurations you can view on the Cisco web site or simply google for them.
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by:Keith Alabaster
ID: 17969348
Then the PIX 501 is your option really but you'd need a better than base licence which is 10 users or buy second-hand which is not always the best option.

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