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Should I use a Cisco Router and Firewall instead of a home router?

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Hi,

I am learning Networking and I'm debating if I should be setting up my home network with a Cisco Router and Firewall instead of using a all in one Linksys one? Do you think would be safe since I would be practicing? If not, what would be the best practice? Any help would be appreciated, Thanks...
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There are probably many ways to do this.

I use a Cisco RV042G as my main home office router (which is connected to the ISP's modem). I have a Cisco RV220W wireless router attached to the network.

I have client tunnels in the RV042 and that gives me the ability to learn about the firewall and VPN issues.

I do not see a value for me in separating the router and firewall. All units I have seen for small and medium businesses combine these functions.
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Thanks John for your quick reply. Do these routers have a command prompt similar to the Cisco 2610 or are they 100% GUI?
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The Cisco RV042G has a nice GUI browser managed interface. I have use command line for Juniper and I really find GUI better because of the large number of variables for VPN and firewalls.
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The Cisco router is great, when I was learning also I used my Cisco routers and switches, the Cisco router is capable of being the firewall, dhcp, dns. The Cisco router provides enterprise grade firewall, to the point where my isp knew I was online cause they provide the services but, could not ping or find any trace of me on the internet.

you can also set the default firewall in the cisco router if you do not want to configure it yourself.
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@techin4 - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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