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Router for data center cabinet

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Hey guys,

I'm looking for a router for my cabinet. I have about 5 machines and they all are used to host ecommerce websites. Nothing mega traffic hungry.

Initially this was all for my projects but now I've grown into hosting these sites for various clients and need to get stuff together.

Right now I've everything going right into a switch (no router) and I need to get a solid router so that I can segment everything cleanly, create a VPN so that I can take XenServer consoles away from the public, etc.

Can anyone here recommend a good gigabit router for a datacenter cabinet? The hot isle is in the rear of the cabinet so it would need to airflow to either the front or back (no side).

I'd like to spend less than $750 if possible. I'm happy to pick something up on eBay.
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For the price point you've mentioned, look into the Mikrotik Cloud Core router.
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It sounds like you need a firewall, not a router.

In order to recommend a model we would need to know the expected bandwidth, and number of content sessions.

For that budget I would buy a Juniper SRX100.
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An SRX100 would work just fine, but only has a limited number of ports and they are 100mbit, not Gig-E so you'd need to create VLANs on the switch and trunk them to the SRX100.

If you want to do this all in one device your options are few and far between for that price point, and come with a list of caveats of significant length.
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When you look for SRX100, keep in mind there are three generations of these:

SRX100B, 512MB
SRX100H, 1GB
SRX100H2, 2GB

Essentially, you need more memory for more sessions or security features, like IDP or antivirus.
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The 100B and 100H are EoL, so you won't be able to order them anyway. The 100H2 is the current model.
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eBay was mentioned...
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I presumed that given a brand new SRX100H2 is within budget, an eBay version wouldn't be needed, and after a basic search of eBay the SRX100's there are more expensive than what we sell them for new.
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thanks guys!
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