Small Business Router
Posted on 2010-09-09
Can anyone suggest a small business router brand and/or model that will fit the following criteria. I'm having a heck of a time finding one that's simple to set up. Simple is relative, so I'll explain what I've got, what I've attempted to use.
I support a small private elementary school. They have a Comcast SMC 8014 business class router, that's set up with a 10.1.10.x network. Altho that sounds like a Class A network, the subnet mask is Class C. In addition, the DHCP scope is preset from .2-.199 - and is NOT expandable.
Here's the kicker. The router's admin GUI allows one to change all the parameters, and since I need approx 350 IPs, I figured I'd change the router's config to 172.16.0.0 and subnet it to 255.255.252.0 so I'd get more than what a Class C offers and limit it to the 1066 IPs that would be obtainable with that mask. No going. There's apparently a hidden configuration screen that tells me that I'm now overlapping some sort of preset VPN scope. There's no way to access that VPN screen to disable it and get those elusive IPs I need. Comcast says they don't expect anyone to make changes to their router anyway - altho they allow one in to the GUI to do so. Silly, Comcast.
So, we tried a Cisco 871 small business router. CDW was entirely ignorant (as was I) that it's 100% unconfigured, comes with exactly NO software or GUI (unless one purchases a Cisco contract), and absolutely requires a dedicated PC with an RS-232 port so that one can use the console cable to configure it. We have no PC with an RS-232 port and are not going to purchase any contracts So, that's out.
What I'm looking for is a simple business router, that can be configured with a couple of hundred IPs, preferably in that Class B range. Quick. Simple. Just like a home router, but not Class C, since I need more than 254 IPs.
So, can anyone suggest a router make/model that might fit the bill? It can have VPN capability, I'll just not use it or I'll disable it for now.