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Recommend a WAN failover applicance/router

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Hey all,

If you have personally used and would recommend an internet failover solution in the ~$200 USD range for the purposes of internet failover, please tell me about it.

I have a perfectly functional home network using residential cable for internet.  The cable modem feeds into an old (but reliable) Cisco NAT/Firewall router.  The Cisco is the gateway and handles all my router needs, but unfortunately it lacks the ports (and probably firmware) necessary to accommodate the addition of a DSL failover line.

So right now my idea is to obtain a failover appliance that I can plug both DSL & Cable into, for the sole purpose of feeding my Cisco transparently failed-over internet bandwidth.  The failover appliance itself does not need to be feature-rich, it just needs to know when the Cable goes out and perform the failover task reliably.  So suggestions along this line or any suggestion is welcome.

Thanks
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http://www.cradlepoint.com/

makes a lot of different solutions.  Many dual wan and several different celular options.
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Question remains open pending actual use case opinions e.g.  "[model x] by [brand y] is good because of a, b, c".  I'm really just trying to narrow the product field at this point.
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if money is not an issue look at the device also

http://www.barracudanetworks.ca/load-balancer.aspx

They alsp provide loaners if you are in the US
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Money is an issue which is why I said I was looking for something in the $200 range.  Sounds like this scenario isn't exactly common at the consumer level yet, I'll just dig around on my own.  Thanks.
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it is not common, at least not for $200.  I have done this for $50 to $5000 and it depends on your needs.

The reason I put the CP up as the only real option is because it is feature rich for the cost.  You do not have many options, but based on research I see three options for you

1) a CP device ( 100-200 New)
2)Linksys RV042 (75-100 on Ebay, 160 new)
3) Cheap Cisco router from ebay with dual FE ports and purchase a wic-fe module to add a third port.  Use one facing in and two facing out. (150-250)

The CP is the best option,I have used all three and the CP always ends up as the most durable.
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