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tanndo

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Recommend ADSL router with decent firewall
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:29:07 AM »

Hi,

I've just signed up to plusnet ADSL broadband and have received their Sagemcom 2704N router/modem

The line isn't live yet but looking at reviews I can see this router isn't going to meet my needs.
http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/plusnet/1403635/plusnet-hub-zero-2704n-review

Can anyone recommend me some alternatives.

I'm fairly technical, e.g. I have once managed to flash a wrt54g with dd-wrt but have little knowledge
on broadband / modems / current routers.

The main thing I want to have is a fairly easy to configure firewall that allows me restrict access,
e.g. to block/allow based on IP ranges / MAC address / ports / websites
and be able to schedule this. E.g. so I can stop kids accessing youtube after 9pm.
Obviously will need to have a configurable DHCP server.

Nice to haves I can see myself using in the future would include
  logging / monitoring / reporting (e.g. traffic / bandwidth / IP browsing history)
  compatible with a VPN service
  port forwarding
  VLAN support
  SNMP / DSL Stats (just reading about these on kitz!)

Any advice much appreciated
Thanks
T
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hushcoden

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Re: Recommend ADSL router with decent firewall
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 02:47:48 PM »

Are you looking for an all-in-one device or a modem+router set up?

I would probably start with a ZyXEL 3925-B10B or a Billion BiPAC 8800axl R2 and see if your requirements are met.

If not, you can always buy a separate router, i.e. Netgear R7800 or Asus RT-AC86U and you can configure the modem in bridge mode.
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tanndo

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Re: Recommend ADSL router with decent firewall
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 06:41:23 PM »

thanks,
not that sure if want all in one or just modem router but maybe the latter:
currently I have basic one sky send you but have turned wifi off and
it goes to a netgear gigabit switch, have an old  buffalo whr-g300n
with two ssids for the wifi.

what do you mean modem in bridge mode? does that mean I'd still need
the plusnet modem and bridge it to the router ?

just looking on amazon the zyxel and billion are a bit more than i wanted
to spend.
Don't mind using old tech if i can pick something up cheap or second hand off ebay
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hushcoden

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Re: Recommend ADSL router with decent firewall
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2018, 10:28:44 PM »

Bridge mode means that you need your modem being connected to a router such as a Netgear R7000 (I am using that model since three years and it never let me down) or a newer R7800 as well Asus with the most recent RT-AC86U or the older but still valid RT-AC68U...

As for the modem itself, a few users of this forum are using ZyXEL VMG1312-B10A in bridge mode and they are very happy about its peformance and you should be able to find it on ebay at a cheaper price than the VMG3925-B10B...

There is also the VMG132-B10D but several users here have been advised that it uses a different chipset (BCM63381) than the VMG1312-B10A (BCM63168) which it translates in a lower sync speed.

Lastly, I recall I read that also the old Billion BiPAC 8800NL (BCM63168) is pretty good at least in bridge mode, but it's now discontinued so you can only find it second hand. And the second version, the BiPAC 8800NL R2, seems not to be as good as the first revision due to the different chipset, that is (BCM63381).
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tanndo

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Re: Recommend ADSL router with decent firewall
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 09:24:07 PM »

Thanks, I think I am going towards a separate modem and router set up, probably will go for cheap router I can put dd-wrt on and connect to adsl modem in bridge mode as you say. I wil see if I can find the vmg1312 on eBay
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tanndo

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Re: Recommend ADSL router with decent firewall
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2018, 09:53:08 PM »

Also looking at tp-link td-w9970, only 30 new!
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