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We have a configuration like this: 5 static ip's coming in on each of two broadband lines, 1 primary, 1 backup, serving 5 different internal sub-nets.  This is currently managed by a loose collection of SOHO routers and switches that has accumulated over time.  All of the routers have port mapping for a number of ports.  

We're wondering if there's a single (not too expensive) device out there that could do all of this in one (route static ip's to virtual sub-nets with port mappings, etc.).  All of the ones we've seen are pretty expensive.  Any suggestions?
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What type of firewall do you have? You can get a decent firewall relatively cheap that would do all of the routing, NAT and port mapping that you need. Sonicwalls have a nice web interface and you can easily configure the 2 internet connections on the 1 firewall as well as do all the routing. If the routing is complex, a firewall is not the way to go since the routing can be flakey from other subnets on a Sonicwall (or not functional at all) unless its relatively basic. Cisco ASA's will do a bit better routing but it will take a bit more time to configure unless you're very familiar with them.

If you need a router you can get the Cisco 2911 to do this for you or a Dell Layer 3 (I say Dell because I believe their Layer 3 switches may be cheaper and there's a functional web interface) switch that will do the routing and switching to replace the SOHO switches you have. HP Layer 3 switche(s) would be my first choice those can be pretty pricey. (Actually, Cisco switches would be the first choice but they're outrageously expensive).
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Thanks, we'll investigate those recommendations.
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You're welcome...something to think about here. If you're going to get a VOIP phone system at any point you'll want a router or a layer-3 switch to manage the traffic.

Looks like the lowest end Dell Layer 3 switch is going to be less than 1800.00.
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