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.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1 A gorgeous piece of equipment, almost orgasmic for me.
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! )
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...ters/index.html
1) Cisco Systems Gigabit VPN Router (RV320K9NA) http://www.amazon.co..._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.co..._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.co..._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.co...0131110222729: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.co...eywords=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.co..._pr_product_top
I need the obvious:
1) Good WAN to LAN throughput
2) UTM – Unified Threat Management http://www.untangle.com/
3) UPNP – Universal Plug and Play
4) Clear understandable GUI setup - not interested in learning some arcane language
5) Compatible with Linux and Windows
6) Firewall that would scare the NSA into sobriety
Please feel free to tell me I don't know what the hey I'm talking about. I just wanna learn and gotta pretty substantial ego. Thanks, guys!