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I have a confession to make. Although I joined this forum way back when we were all much younger, I have just now come to require your advice and expertise. Spent the entire afternoon reading one of the networking threads and now must confess I feel like a confirmed idiot. You guys are good.

 

At any rate:

 

Briefly, I own Cisco SG300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch (SRW2008-K9-NA) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041ORN6U/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 A gorgeous piece of equipment, almost orgasmic for me. :)

At present:

1) I have 5 computers and a file server - running Win 7 64 bit Ultimate and Linux, with a total of 40-45 TB.

2) All ethernet CAT 6 hardwired - (darned if I'll ever use wireless! :p)

3) I need Dual Gigabit WAN router to complement the above Cisco switch

Now here's where the wheels come off. There are only two Cisco routers that appear worthy of consideration from http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/solutions/small_business/products/routers_switches/small_business_routers/index.html

1) Cisco Systems Gigabit VPN Router (RV320K9NA)  http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Systems-Gigabit-Router-RV320K9NA/dp/B00DGH08OC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top  - Complete with some real crappy reviews. Actually a real piece of Krap!

2) Cisco Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router (RV042G-NA)  http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Dual-Gigabit-Router-RV042G-NA/dp/B008CWW6VY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

My conclusion from reading reviews about Cisco is that they tend to ship ancient products with ancient firmware. Could be wrong?

Then there are:

1)  ZyXEL ZyWALL USG100 Unified Security Gateway Firewall w/50 VPN Tunnels, SSL VPN, 7 Gigabit Ports, and High Availability  http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-Unified-Security-Firewall-Availability/dp/B001AZP6O4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top  More expensive than I would like, but supposed to be rock-solid quality.

2) ZyXEL ZyWALL USG50 Internet Security Firewall with Dual-WAN, 4 Gigabit LAN / DMZ Ports, 5 IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, and 3G WAN Support  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CKW7v_eh27oCFSdp7AodrwUAHg&Item=N82E16833181137&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Firewalls+%2f+Security+Appliances-_-N82E16833181137&ef_id=UoADmgAABcZiPAvu:20131110222729:s Great reviews but said to be a real *itch to set up, by people who network for a living.

3) Peplink Balance 20 Dual-WAN Router  http://www.amazon.com/Peplink-Balance-20-Dual-WAN-Router/dp/B0042210U6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384122922&sr=8-1&keywords=peplink

4) TP-LINK TL-ER6120 Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN Router, 2 WAN ports, 2 LAN ports, 1 DMZ port, Ipsec PPTP L2TP VPN, Load Balance  http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-ER6120-Gigabit-Dual-WAN-Balance/dp/B0077AXF4E/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


I need the obvious:

1)  Good WAN to LAN throughput
2)  UTM

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I like the usg50 or the Rv042g. Dunno performance wise what they packing but those are the ones I checked put when lookingnfor the same. Didn't end up getting one yet (red tape) bit still liking the USG even though they say its a pain.

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You stated you need dual wan, and then go into everything but what your wan connection types are.. So you have 2 different isps? Are they both dsl, both cable?

What devices are going to be in front of this super router your looking for?

What speeds do you have from your 2 different isps? Are you wanting to do load balancing?

You mention some examples like the USG100, seems a bit pricy - but supports 50 VPN Tunnels, etc. I don't think you need 50 vpn connections - do you?

As to your needs

UPnP - really, what are you doing that you NEED this? Do you even know what it is ;)

UTM - again do you even know what it is? You need IPS and DLP in a home setup?

You link to untangle - why don't you just run that? It will clearly do everything you have asked. Run it on whatever hardware you have around or buy some.

And I am confused why it needs to be gig? Do you have +100Mbps internet? You have a gig switch, so your gateway/router unless your internet is over 100mbit has no use of a gig connection.

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Hey SHoTTa35, you must have read my mind. "USG even though they say its a pain."  That's what I hear too but I'm too brave/stupid to be scared off by that.

 

Ah BudMan, you have such a kind and gentle way of telling me what an idiot you deem me to be (my self-deprecatory humor - please excuse)

 

1) Re: As to your needs
UPnP - really, what are you doing that you NEED this? Do you even know what it is ;)
UTM - again do you even know what it is? You need IPS and DLP in a home setup?

 

Simple answer: Why, yes I do. :wacko:

 

2) You need IPS and DLP in a home setup?  This is NOT a home setup. No interest in an entertainment center or online gaming. Business only, my friend.

 

3) You mention some examples like the USG100, seems a bit pricy.  Not "seems". Rather it's overkill stupid. Sorry I should not have included it as an option. Thanks for pointing that up! :)

 

 

Regarding my internet, I have Comcast Business Class with a huge modem from which I can pull 4 internet lines. Just by way of a mild rant, internet speeds in the US of A. SUCK. Even Google Fibre is half speed of the internet available in Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, et. al. Sorry, friends, but we are technically a very backward country. As a professor friend from Taiwan told me, "Dennis, you Americans have great technology in your laboratories. We have it in our daily life"!

 

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Additional info. Years ago I used to live on the forums. Right now I know pretty much everything I need to so I no longer lurk - Just the Linux forums and occasionally OCN where I have lots of nice friends. Networking, however, is to be honest rather new to me. Doesn't scare me into submission though.  (EDIT: Networking is emphatically not new to me. I was setting IP's, subnet mask, default gateways on pretty decent sized networks way back with NT 3.51 and then NT 4.0. That is Stupid Simple compared to what you guys discuss on this forum.)

 

When a fellow over at OCN asked me to clarify my needs, here's what I wrote:

 

Not trying to be cute but I don't really know what additional information you might require. Basically, I develop educational materials for publication in both hard-copy (traditional book, etc. materials) and eventually interactive video games and websites in English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. Although I can handle the English, Japanese and Chinese, I will need to hire native speakers in Russian, Arabic as well as sophisticated interactive website design.

Quite naturally then, I am seriously security conscious. I don't want 20 years of my work going out the back door, so to speak. From a hardware point of view I will of course need to disable USB, optical, etc. ports as well as control what any of my coworkers can email out. Also, I want to be able to control traffic flow in the LAN intranet via the Cisco SG300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch.

In terms of firewalls, I want the ridiculous. I don't know how much you read on networking these days but I see a trend in more and more sophisticated firewalls so as to maintain as much privacy as possible. That for me is paramount. I want to know who the devil is trying to get into my network (network intrusion prevention and detection system).

Does that help any? redface.gif

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"This is NOT a home setup."

Ok - then this makes utterly no sense at all..

"3) UPNP

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2) Cisco Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router (RV042G-NA)  http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Dual-Gigabit-Router-RV042G-NA/dp/B008CWW6VY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

fwiw, I have one of these, and 2x 100Mb/s cable connections feeding into the gigabit wan ports. MAX throughput is only a little over 100Mb/s, in other words, if you want to use it for load balancing, it's not up to the job if your 2x WAN links are anything over 50Mb/s each.

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"Comcast business has multiple speed tiers." 

 

Yes, indeed they do. Point of humor actually. Each one slower than the next. Please don't be offended by the Huffington Post "The U.S. now has the ninth-fastest average Internet connection speed in the world, behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Sweden."  We're slower than Latvia and Eastern Europe. Cause to celebrate, eh?

 

Ever ask Comcast for fiber optic, which by the way is much cheaper to string than copper. Well, all you get is that tired old (heard that in the mid 90's) last mile argument with over $1K price tag. The Big Three ISP's are intentially throttling speeds so they can milk the customers for itty-bity incremental upgrades. Please don't defend it. Fight it.

 

""Regarding my internet, I have Comcast Business Class with a huge modem from which I can pull 4 internet lines."  I have the highest tier of Comcast Business Class, which I must repeat with a certain degree of disappointment, ain't quick at all.

That is not dual ISPs that is 1 ISP with 4 lan ports on the gateway device they gave you.. If that is what you have - then you have NO need of dual anything from a wan point of view.

 

Yes, I know, by definition, that I have at present a single ISP - BUT with 4 outs I can share the modem with different intranets.

 

"Dude lets get real, you could go to the computer store and close your eyes and spin around and point to one on the shelf and be fine from a security standpoint."   Emphatically NOT true. Please don't kinder me. :rolleyes:

 

Now, fellows, you can continue to portray me as the Village Idiot or you can be kind enough to tell me which of the two routers I suggested might be the best companion to my Cisco switch. If you folks don't know, kindly just say so, but enough of the posturing please. :)

 

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Hey dvb2000, thanks for the constructive suggestion. Actually I was looking at that one as well. You like the GUI? 

 

"if you want to use it for load balancing, it's not up to the job if your 2x WAN links are anything over 50Mb/s each."  That may be a handicap down the line, when I use one of my servers to host a website - dunno. I tend to overbuy, because it tends to last longer. Not worried about a few bucks.

 

Actually I had a D-Link Gamer Lounge router for many years. Not bad, easy to program. Nowadays ethernet routers seem rather scarce, seeming to give away to wireless routers, which I will never ever trust with my info.

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Ok for someone who knows almost next to nothing about this subject, might I just throw in a couple of suggestions?

I noticed these

 

 

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps12262/index.html

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/290986144698?hlpht=true&ops=true&viphx=1&lpid=95&device=c&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=95<-- this one's a UK result, you might need to search if you're not in the UK

 

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/48838586/819980317/-/ListingDetails.html?_%24ja=tsid:13315%7Ccat:48838586%7Cprd:48838586&$$ja=cgid:7025486697|tsid:48121|cid:130773417|lid:54129052017|nw:g|crid:22604418417|rnd:18299127441694764415|dvc:c|adp:1o3|mt:<--- uk again, sorry

 

You mention you have a Cisco switch, is that a Bridge device? (for my understanding) if yes, it should be ok with these as it's wifi certified

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The RV042G is solid and works well for the small network you have. I have tested it using it with point to point gateway VPN's and cable/dsl dual wan and it works solid. As for firmware, Cisco does not update the firmware often on these SMB routers. As for UPnP, turn that off, there is no need for that in a business and let alone your home. You might as well unlock all your doors to your home and post a add on craigslist for people to come on in.

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"Ok for someone who knows amost next to nothing about this subject, might I just throw in a couple of suggestions?"

 

OK, enough of the put-downs. I came here quite humbly. True I don't know that much about sophisticated networks but in my life I have always been behind and trying to catch up. I taught myself 8 non-cognate languages, Japanese and Chinse being of native speaker fluency. Translated between French and Japanese; translated between Japanese and Indonesian. And did simultaneous interpretation in Japanese. Check up on that. There are barely a handful of people in the world who could simultaneosly translate a lecture on nuclear physics with no notes and no prepartaion. I also worked with approximately 15 PhD.'s at Caltech on various projects. Homie ain't no clown. What I don't know today I'll be teaching folks in a couple of weeks. Strong background on virtually every form of symbolic logic.

 

So kindly assume that I have a brain - a quite a scary one I've been told.  Put of or humbled by networking? Not a chance.

 

Regarding the suggestion http://www.cisco.com...2262/index.html, you may have noted that I included that as one of my favorites in my initial inquiry. If there is such a thing as "common sense", I would think it to be common sense to buy the Cisco RV042G in lieu of TP-LINK TL-ER5120 or the USG50 - due to possible compatibility issues? It would seem that Cisco would play better with Cisco than with others?

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"Ok for someone who knows amost next to nothing about this subject, might I just throw in a couple of suggestions?"

 

OK, enough of the put-downs. I came here quite humbly. True I don't know that much about sophisticated networks but in my life I have always been behind and trying to catch up. I taught myself 8 non-cognate languages, Japanese and Chinse being of native speaker fluency. Translated between French and Japanese; translated between Japanese and Indonesian. And did simultaneous interpretation in Japanese. Check up on that. There are barely a handful of people in the world who could simultaneosly translate a lecture on nuclear physics with no notes and no prepartaion. I also worked with approximately 15 PhD.'s at Caltech on various projects. Homie ain't no clown. What I don't know today I'll be teaching folks in a couple of weeks. Strong background on virtually every form of symbolic logic.

 

So kindly assume that I have a brain - a quite a scary one I've been told.  Put of or humbled by networking? Not a chance.

 

Regarding the suggestion http://www.cisco.com...2262/index.html, you may have noted that I included that as one of my favorites in my initial inquiry. If there is such a thing as "common sense", I would think it to be common sense to buy the Cisco RV042G in lieu of TP-LINK TL-ER5120 or the USG50 - due to possible compatibility issues? It would seem that Cisco would play better with Cisco than with others?

For the record, I was talking about myself, I know next to nothing about it

I am not as advanced in my knowledge as +BudMan, and I don't pretend otherwise, historically, I've always deferred to him and have checked his post history when I do have networking questions or problems.

As for the Cisco, I only suggested it as I'm using an E4200 for personal home use, and have connected a Netgear Bridge to it (hence why I asked if a switch was the same thing) and have never had any issues, my ps3 and blue ray player alone have access to my 5ghz connection and that's about all I know about the subject

 

And so far as you having a brain, you jumped on the assumption I was being patronising or condescending when I wasn't, I myself speak 3 languages fluently, and can translate between either with little to no trouble too.

my biggest failure is articulation, but that's another matter

I'll back out of this thread, as you clearly, in your superiority don't need my suggestions

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"- BUT with 4 outs I can share the modem with different intranets."

What?? What gateway device did comcast give you.. I highly doubt it does any sort of vlaning or your connection.

What exactly is your plan here with the 4 outs? How many public IPs do you have, why do you need more than 1 dynamic IP? Again are you serving up anything off, lets see here 20mbps up? The router you want to buy - make sure it has vlan support if that is what you want to do with your 5 computers? You going to put them all on their own network segment?

Nobody has called you the village idiot, and I don't mean to suggest anything of sort. But clearly there is bit of miscommunication going on.

You come in here asking about dual wan, gig routers - when you have a 100Mbps connection down tops with only 1 ISP. You think you need some buzz words like UTM, and IPS and DLP..

What is the device that comcast gave - to be honest your done.. Connect it to your switch.. What else do you think you need? Your behind a NAT, no inbound ports are allowed out of the box. Your not serving up anything?? Atleast not that you have mentioned as of yet.

So you can think you need some magic box that will scare off the NSA - when in reality your all ready do go with what you have.

You have not said one thing that suggest you need anything other than what you already have. Sorry, and that doesn't mean your an idiot - just means your unclear on what you need, and you have been bombarded with buzz words, etc.

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Hey dvb2000, thanks for the constructive suggestion. Actually I was looking at that one as well. You like the GUI?

 

the GUI is simple and clean, with lots of options, most of which you don't even need to look at. Yeah the GUI is nice.

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You can get a nice asa firewall to do what you want. You can get a baracuda link balancer to do what you want but it is for multiple isps. With a single isp you should consider 1 link to the modem and 2,3, whatever to different lans. This will allow each to use the internet and not allow each to see each other.

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His managed switch he already has does that I am sure. He was saying that the 400 for the usg100 was high, and now you want to suggest an asa - what model a 5505 is going to be 250-300.

He really has no need for such a device..

Also, thought UPnP was one of his requirements - you know with how secure he needs his network to be, he wants software to just be able to open up any port it wants without any ok from anyone, etc. ;)

So - unless something has changed

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/hw/vpndevc/ps2030/products_qanda_item09186a00805b87d8.shtml

PIX/ASA Security Appliance FAQ

Q. Does ASA support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) feature?

A. No, ASA does not support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) feature as of now.

Why would a highend firewall support such a feature? I asked this before, no business allows such a thing ;)

So lets say this router he buys does support UPnP, his gateway device from comcast would need to be in Bridge mode - ie just modem for that to work. But he wants to leverage the 4 lan ports

"with 4 outs I can share the modem with different intranets."

How is that going to work in bridge mode? Does he have multiple IPs from comcast? He hasn't given us those details other than bitching at how slow 100mbps is.

I really want to help the guy, but not one thing has been mentioned that suggest spending money on any sort of other router.. Why?

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You are right. I don't think the 5505 supports vlaning the ports.

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Please Forgive Me!

 

As you guys have detected, I have one helluva snarly attitude right now. Reason: I just got out of the hospital where I underwent knee replacement surgery. That went well to the extent that I never even required pain medication. I can even jog 50 yards.

 

However, while I was in the hospital I contracted something truly virulent. Interesting, since I go 8-10 years between even the mildest of colds, never take flu shots and eat foods in the streets of developing countries without the first indication of illness. At any rate when I returned home after surgery, I vomited with extreme diarrhea for a solid month. I could not eat anything; the thought of food made me nauseous and sent me to the bathroom vomiting. My weight dropped from 227 (morbidly obese, I know) to 193 in between 2 to 3 weeks. I was scared I could not stop this downward spiral.

 

The other day family members came to me and said, "Dennis, you have to get out of bed and fight this thing. You have never given up in your life, so why start now? You must make yourself eat, even if it sickens you to do so."

 

I have been up and functioning for about 3 days now. Quite frankly, I barely have the strength to walk to the mailbox and back.

 

That plus the fact that I really almost never have an enjoyable experience on forums. For many years I was active on OCN where everyone behaves as good citizens. There were no trolls who were not quickly brought back into line by other members. Now this will sound like arrogance, but after 25 years of working with every iteration of Windows, also DOS, and now Linux, I don't find too many questions the answers to which I can't root out on my own. I have also found that on most forums newbies are typically treated as no-nothing imbeciles who must endure a hazing period before being accepted by the Resident Powers That WannaBe. Toms Hardware and Mozilla are prime examples of that crap. There are guys over there who are just vicious; they have no life and no love for their fellow man. They also no less about computers than you might ever imagine.

 

So here I come to this forum. Hell No, I don't know much if anything about this level of networking. I made that clear in my intro and throughout my posts. But I'll be damned if I'm going to be lectured to as if I'm incapable of feeding myself without help. How many of you guys, for example, know much about ReFS? Two months ago I knew nothing about it; now I teach others.

 

Same with networking. I don't know a darned thing now. I'm lucky to know what questions to ask. But I'm here to learn. And I need your help.

 

+Aheer.R.S., my sincerest apologies. Your grammar is correct. My reading of it was not. Please accept my apologies!

In conclusion, let me just say that I've done and accomplished a lot in my life (hoping it's not over though). In terms of my mind and my abilities, please allow me to confess that I am indeed arrogant. For 15 years all my friends were Caltech, MIT, Berkeley and the like. An ethereal word. I miss it.

 

But I have no choice but to remain at home for the next few years. I'm a bit old fashioned. I took care of my Dad until he passed in '08 and now my Mother who is 92. I'm locked in a big room upstairs surrounded by computers and electronic equipment - my own personal womb and security blanket. Simply put, compared to most of my life, it's a bit of solipsist lifestyle.

 

Hope, then, I did not hurt anyone's feelings.

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Separate Issue: There is something desperately wrong with this site. Many times the top half of my screen went dead black. Then just a few minutes ago I clicked on "Next" and the site went down.

 

OK, BudMan:

 

What?? What gateway device did comcast give you.. I highly doubt it does any sort of vlaning or your connection.  Comcast Modem: SMCD3G (Please See Attached)

What exactly is your plan here with the 4 outs? How many public IPs do you have, why do you need more than 1 dynamic IP? Again are you serving up anything off, lets see here 20mbps up? The router you want to buy - make sure it has vlan support if that is what you want to do with your 5 computers? You going to put them all on their own network segment?

Nobody has called you the village idiot, and I don't mean to suggest anything of sort. But clearly there is bit of miscommunication going on.  Yes, quite strong actually. I know very little but wish to learn. Let's take it from there.

You come in here asking about dual wan, gig routers - when you have a 100Mbps connection down tops with only 1 ISP. You think you need some buzz words like UTM, and IPS and DLP..  You may wish to address your tone. I;m not interested in buzzwords but I'm interested in UTM for what it does, for example. There is much more but I am just now learning to swim in your ocean - as you well know.

What is the device that comcast gave - to be honest your done.. Connect it to your switch.. What else do you think you need? Your behind a NAT, no inbound ports are allowed out of the box. Your not serving up anything?? Atleast not that you have mentioned as of yet.

So you can think you need some magic box that will scare off the NSA - when in reality your all ready do go with what you have.

You have not said one thing that suggest you need anything other than what you already have. Sorry, and that doesn't mean your an idiot - just means your unclear on what you need, and you have been bombarded with buzz words, etc.  Absolutely, completely correct. And I believe that's why people come to this fine forum - to learn just how much control they can have over their traffic, prevent intrusions, Dos, etc.

 

More later. I need to take a break. With all this medical trauma I fatigue easily. My apologies.

 

Right now, I'm thinking RV042G-NA is not for the long run. Tentatively looking at the ZyXEL ZyWALL USG50, though a bit shaking in boots with the setup being said to be so arcane.

 

Hey BudMan, make no mistake, my friend. I really do like it when you challenge me and tell me that I may not need all the bang that I'm looking at. What I want to do is keep my options open for the future, so I don't want to buy some wimpy piece of junk that is appropriate for the "me" of now. Hope you understand.

 

Oh and just to clarify, my love of electronics has been an addiction since way back when I built tube amplifiers and single sideband transmitters. Yes! I am insane. But at least this is my only addiction. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs. Gotta have something. :)

smcd3g-biz_ds.pdf

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Here's a pretty "Don't Buy" review of the very fine ZyWALL USG50, where nothing wonderful really works until you purchase lots of licenses.  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407911,00.asp

 

I just downloaded and printed the manual for my Comcast SMCD3G Modem - about 70 pages. Will study what this sucker can do as well as give a thorough study of my Cisco SG300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch, which I just purchased. When I know what I can do with these two, I'll move on to (perhaps) a router, if and only if I actually need one.

 

A special thanks to +BudMan for all his smash-face truth. More than anyone else on this thread, and all of you have been very kind and helpful, BudMan influenced my thinking. I mean, if I'm too damned proud to listen to someone who obviously knows much more than I do, well I'd be nothing more than a poser or a dilettante. I might not know squat about networking but I am not a phony.

 

Back later when I know more ....

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If I need to start a new topic, per forum rules - I'm happy to. Just saw this thread on a google search and seemed like I could get some much needed advice for my own small business network. Primarily, I just need a recommendation for a dual wan router but I'll go ahead and give all the specs of the situation. 

 

Current set up: running EPB fiber optics (100 mbps connection) into an Airport Extreme router to which 4 other routers are connected. None of the routers are "configured" (is that the term?), they've just been plugged in and everything is working for now. We have a total of about 50 devices currently on the network at any given time but I'd like to have capacity for up to at least 75 devices. Currently, the data "load" is pretty low, the devices are essentially used for basic browser functions. Most of the devices are computers (some on wifi, some direct ethernet), but also includes cellphones, iPads, and on one of the routers we have 4 VOIP phones for customer service connected. Virtually all of the devices are "mission critical" to our daily operations (hence the need for redundant dual WAN connection) so the router will need to have a firewall as well.

 

There's a lot of improvements that can be made to the set-up but the most pressing for me is getting that redundant connection and a solid gateway router.  If you have recommendations for a router that can handle a heavy upload stream (up to 3000-4000 GBs per day) - that could be a future consideration for us as a business and depending on cost it might make sense to go ahead and make that investment. Ideally, cost of the router between $100 and $500. Thanks in advance for any feedback and recommendations. 

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"into an Airport Extreme router to which 4 other routers are connected. None of the routers are "configured" (is that the term?), they've just been plugged in and everything is working for now. "

You should really start your own thread to be honest.

When You start it please answer these couple of questions. What are these 4 other routers you have connect, more APEs ? You mentioned these devices are not configured - so they are all doing nat? So your 4 different segments are all the same? By default (no config) just plugging in soho routers would mean that every network off these other routers would be the same, say 192.168.1.0/24

And devices on router 1 would not be able to talk to devices connected to 2,3 or 4, etc.

You mention mission critical - but your using air port extreme as your router(s)?

When you start your new thread - please draw out your existing network with some basic network info for each segment. You mention wireless, so is the SSIDs different same, etc. Happy to help you step up your network, dual wan, etc. etc. But need to know what we are working with.

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