Recommend me a router

Posted on 2011-05-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We currently use a Draytek 2820n, but it's on it's last legs. I'm looking for a replacement. We are a small business, the router will be serving around 22 machines as a ADSL router and DHCP server. It'll need to allow VPN connections and ideally something that will allow blocking on specific sites.

Any recommendations?
Question by:nickedwards
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    I'd just buy another 2820n if it does what you want.  They're good routers and you won't have to spend time reconfiguring it, just backup the config on the old one and put it on the new one.
    There isn't another router of similar spec that I could recommend, apart from the newer Draytek models.
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    by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
    Netgear DGND3700 N600 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N ADSL2+ & Fibre Broadband Router w/ USB ReadySHARE Port (600Mbps)
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    Stick with the Draytek's but get a newer model - they are very reliable and have excellent features.

    The newer ones with 3G failover are exceptional
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    Astaro Security Gateway device?

    They do VM based versions you can play with before going for the full metal versions.


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    I would also reccomend a 2820 again.
    Or maybe a Sonicwall? Better Firewall and higher throughputs.
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    netgear fvs318  
    easy to config
    great firewall
    vpns no problem
    very reasonably priced
    not their K-Mart version by any means
    i have 15 in field now very few problems
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    Neatgear Adsl router
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    Just a thought.
    After successfully re-caping a PC mobo recently...

    As the aging Draytec uses a 15V DC supply from an external source, check that is OK.  I couldnt find out if that is a regulated (clean/smoth supply) or not.   Try another supply of the same rating, but make sure it has the same polarity (+ = +  - = - etc)

    If that makes little or no difference, then, after backing up it's configuration, get someone who is happy with hot sticks and screwdrivers to open it up, and physically examine it's internal power supply regulator and surrounding decoupling cap's, for any signs of leakage or bulging.  It happens!

    Those failing after time is a common problem in many other devices of all types, it's unlikley the data processing side of things has deteriorated, if that happens they just stop dead, or go totally mad...

    ANY signs of leakage (brown or other colour mess arround or on them) or bulging ends.  Get them changed for new parts of the same value and ratings (but probably not the same maker.)

    It's a common problem in everything from PC moterboards, to domestic entertainment kit.  Known as "Bad Cap" problems.  It's so common an issue, you can buy complete kits of replacement parts for many common devices!

    Everything depends on clean power, if that is going funny, all sorts of odd things happen.



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