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Subject: [aclug-L] Router questions
From: Dale W Hodge <dwh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 13:48:39 -0500
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I could use the help of some network pros before I rework my network. 
First off I have a small lan with 8 computers. Currently I have two 
linux boxes working as firewalls for my network but I'm considering 
replacing them with some kind of hardware router and moving those boxes 
to a DMZ. My network gets hammered by port scans and break-in attempts, 
badly enough so that my ISP is offering to trade out IP's so they can 
use mine for their honeypot!

The questions I have are two fold, whether replacing them with a 
hardware solution would enhance security and if so what kind of router 
should I purchase?  I have looked at both low cost residential routers 
on up to Cisco SOHO routers like the 831/851/871. I know some of the 
residential routers run a linux derivative, so are there any preferred 
models I should consider? Or should I move on up to a Cisco or is it 
overkill for small office like mine?



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