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Will there be a big difference for network security if I buy and use my own router, and how much will the network performance be affected?

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Will there be a big difference for network security if I buy and use my own router, and how much will the network performance be affected?

I travel frequently between different countries and locations in the world, and would like to use my router with built-in firewall to get extra protection. Is there any point in this, or would it not help much but only slow down the network speed further?

Or could I make my own configurations of this router to get maximized network security to minimized network performance impact?

I will use this router for both a Windows computer and a Mac, and maybe a Linux computer also.
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
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How is your travelling related to the router? I suppose you want the router to be stationary (office or home)?
Do you want to replace still being you use currently?

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I mean to take the router with me from place to place (a small router with built-in firewall). By the way, I can use it for Wi-Fi network also (because most of the time the networks I connect to are Wi-Fi)?
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Antzs, yes, I plan to connect my router to the existing Wi-Fi network.

Nattygreg, I think your solution could be optimal. So you mean I keep the router back home and connect through that via VPN? Even better, wouldn't that be a NAS back home designed specifically for security?
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Ok, then I definitely will opt for the second alternative (router with built-in VPN tools to allow very limited access through) as, when I travel, there are always surprises and mishaps and things I can't foresee ("opportunity makes the thief"), so if I know I always have this first high-security protection I would be less vulnerable in difficult situations.

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Thanks, the solution with a configured router back home and VPN connection to that seems like the best solution.
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