|Greg Helledy on 11 Aug 2014 12:03:14 -0700|
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|[PLUG] Network gateway solution for small business?|
The solutions I see are:1. buy a new PC and do a fresh install of the OS and application (both of which we already have licenses for)
2. buy a new PC and install an OSS alternative (pfSense?) 3. buy a dedicated gateway/router/firewall appliance We are leaning towards 3. for a few reasons:a. the router will be easier to maintain, take up less space, produce less noise and heat, and consume less electricity than a PC b. it looks like we can get a small business-class router for around (~$500) the price of a basic PC c. we can get an appliance that does out-of-the-box the things we care about, and don't need the additional flexibility that a PC would provide.
The things we need are:*gateway with firewall that can be configured to do port forwarding of incoming connections *ability to handle 2 WANs simultaneously. We have service from two providers, for redundancy. We don't need any complex traffic shaping/load balancing, just need traffic to go to ISP B when ISP A is down.
*DHCP that can assign fixed IPs to networked machines by MAC*antivirus scanning of traffic, to protect the Windows-based machines on the LAN *a built-in wireless access point would be nice, but is not necessary (we can just plug something in).
I have started doing some research but surprisingly, flaky firmware seems to be a frequent user complaint even in this class of device. I love my tomato router at home but we need to stick with factory firmware for this application. If anyone has a recommendation, please send it my way. Thanks in advance, and sorry for the interruption.
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