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Routers and firewalls -- recommendations ?

Posted on 2014-02-17
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What easy setup and maintained routers
and firewalls do you recommend for the below ?
  ** I have 10+ years of IT background,
       but never did CISCO ROUTER configs, therefore
       I am ok with "non-CISCO" if recommended
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 ** one NEW site with 10 users,
      using two CABLE COAX Internet pipes,
      not bonded into one line
        --> maybe put 1/2 of the users on one
              pipe, the other on the remaining pipe

 ** one NEW site with 50 users,
      using two phone T1s,
      bonded into one Ethernet line
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Requirements
  ** site-to-site VPN between locations
  ** VPN client so "remote" users can
       access and use remote VOIP phones
  ** no existing hardware,
       everything will be new
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I use Cisco RVxx series routers in my home office and at some clients. They are a good, entry level commercial router within built in hardware VPN. They are good for site to site work and the interface is a web GUI (not Cisco commands).

Juniper Netscreen are excellent small business routers. I use these at clients and they work well. Again they support site to site VPN and use a web GUI interface.

You can use NCP Secure Entry (or possibly Quick VPN) for client access. I use NCP Secure entry.

I can easily recommend both of the above because I use them.
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Any additional requirements or improvements on the concept, like webfilter or AV features? How about IDS/IPS? If so, you could look into a FortiGate ... depending on the speed of the two lines, something like a 60D or 90D should come in handy ... lots of features, all included in the base bundle, good prices, rather clear and understandable Web UI ...
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@finance_teacher - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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