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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Router questions
From: John Alexander <wicjra0@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 14:51:39 -0500
Reply-to: discussion@xxxxxxxxx

I've been having pretty good luck deploying the Linksys WRT54GL with v.23SP2
of DD-WRT. All kings of spiffy-neato things like QoS, OpenVPN, PPTP
server/client, and hotspot management. There is even a build that
incorporates Asterisk. If you get something along the lines of the WRT150N,
you have to jump up to a v.24 build, which I have seen fail in 'interesting'
ways. The later builds are supposed to be much better.

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 2:25 PM, Steven Saner <ssaner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> On May 18, 2009, at 1:48 PM, Dale W Hodge wrote:
> > 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?
> Well, perhaps you need to describe a little bit more what you are
> trying to secure, but I really don't see that some "off the shelf"
> router is going to be any more secure than a Linux box, assuming that
> you know what you are doing at least to some extent. With a Linux box
> you can tweak it to do almost anything. You are much more limited in
> your options with a commercial product.
> If you either are not comfortable driving a Linux router or don't want
> to, you might look at It is an open source
> Linux based project that turns an x86 computer into a router/firewall
> with more features than many commercial ones.
> Steve
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