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z1ts

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Router recommendation please!
« on: July 20, 2020, 07:57:58 AM »

Good day all you helpful peeps!

I have a requirement for a new router, but I don't know exactly what make/model etc. is best suited to my requirements.

In no particular order, this is my situation & requirements:-

  • Currently on an EE FTTC package (this may change in the future, but I imagine will always be a FTTC of some flavour)
  • No requirement for WiFi as this is handled by WAP's all around the house
  • I use www.noip.com for DDNS to collect my public dynamic IP so native integration with NoIp would be almost essential (unless there's some other way of achieving the next point that I've missed!)
  • This is the big thing my current router(s) can't achieve:- VPN, I use VPN on my work LAN and love the ability to access files remotely, remotely print, hop on to an RDP session and help a colleague out etc. etc. I would LOVE to replicate this on my home network (i.e. file access, remote print etc. etc.)

So there you have it! Is there anything out there that could do what I need 'out of the box'? I'm not that madly keen on PFSense & anything that requires 'flashing' etc. I'd prefer it to just plug in, configure & off I go!

Thanks in advance guys & girls
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Re: Router recommendation please!
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2020, 01:46:09 PM »

So there you have it! Is there anything out there that could do what I need 'out of the box'? I'm not that madly keen on PFSense & anything that requires 'flashing' etc. I'd prefer it to just plug in, configure & off I go!

Thanks in advance guys & girls
Have you looked at DrayTek router/firewall offering? Cisco RV340, perhaps ?

BUT, frankly I'd suggest either pfSense or OPNsense box :cool: Yes it takes some time to learn, but IMHO it's worth it...
« Last Edit: July 20, 2020, 01:59:06 PM by hushcoden »
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Re: Router recommendation please!
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2020, 03:10:14 PM »

I have a requirement for a new router, . . .

There are two questions that need to be asked --
  • Do you mean a router, as in the true meaning of the word?
  • Or do you mean a modem/router device?
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Re: Router recommendation please!
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2020, 03:21:51 PM »

Correct @burakkucat.....!

  • Possibly I don't!
  • Yes, I need a VDSL modem router  ;)

 ;) ;)

Thankee!
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2020, 03:35:55 PM »

Thank you.  :)

Not knowing what modem/router you are currently using and the budget available for the new purchase, there are many possibilities . . .

Starting with devices from Cisco Billion all the way through to devices from ZyXEL (alphabetical ordering) could be appropriate. (I can't think of any manufacturer names beginning with A or B.)

[Edited to accommodate the adjustment suggested by 7lm.]
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Re: Router recommendation please!
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2020, 06:45:03 PM »

(I can't think of any manufacturer names beginning with A or B.)

Billion?
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2020, 06:55:41 PM »

Billion?

Now why didn't that come to mind?  :-[
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2020, 07:21:01 PM »

Now why didn't didn't that come to mind?  :-[

Probably because I have one (two actually) and you havenít?   :D

Anyway apols for the thread interruption, intended as humour.  No implication that OP should focus attentions on Billion devices. :)
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2020, 07:26:16 PM »

 I recommend Draytek, still a steep learning curve but I found it easier than pfSense and information more readily available and easier to understand.

Starting with devices from Cisco Billion all the way through to devices from ZyXEL (alphabetical ordering) could be appropriate. (I can't think of any manufacturer names beginning with A or B.)]

Apple, ASRock, Asus, Amped wireless, AVM
Belkin, Buffalo

Ok, I did cheat https://www.google.com/amp/s/routerchart.com/brands
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2020, 07:37:37 PM »

Thanks all (especially for the light heartedness that makes this place what it is!)

In answer to varying comments, currently running a TP-Link TD-W9980 (at least for a week or so) having move from an EE Brightbox...

Reason I swapped to it? I had it kicking around at work and thought that it had the functionality for VPN (it does but only with like-devices....... not 'dial-in' like some of the Drayteks do)

Budget:- sub £100 ideally, which should be achievable I believe as I don't need WiFi (I may be wrong!)

Interesting you mention Draytek @Ronksi..... That's what replaced the above mentioned TP-Link at my work...!

Seems like quite a good bit of kit so far.
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2020, 10:16:00 PM »

Something to consider . . .

Will you want to (comprehensively) monitor the circuit's status i.e. make use of DSLstats? If yes, then you will need something that uses a Broadcom chipset.

Let's see what suggestions other members may make.
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« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2020, 10:19:48 PM »

Interesting you mention Draytek @Ronksi..... That's what replaced the above mentioned TP-Link at my work...!

Seems like quite a good bit of kit so far.

I run pfSense at home but do struggle with it, I just don't dabble enough to learn how to use it properly and remember where/how things work. We had issues a year or so back at work with someone trying to hack the RDP connections, so I upgraded the router at work to a Draytek (HG612 modem), and it's been brilliant, still hard to configure, but not so hard and our ISP is very familiar with them.
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« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2020, 11:47:51 PM »

I think the biggest thing that throws you with pfSense is that when you add things like port forwards, it adds the rules for opening up the firewall too.  Obviously all routers do that, but with pfSense because they are listed in a completely different section it can be a little confusing at first.
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2020, 02:51:24 PM »

Will you want to (comprehensively) monitor the circuit's status i.e. make use of DSLstats?

Quite probably not!

Although I may  ;)

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Re: Router recommendation please!
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2020, 03:05:04 PM »

Thank you.  :)

Not knowing what modem/router you are currently using and the budget available for the new purchase, there are many possibilities . . .

Starting with devices from Cisco Billion all the way through to devices from ZyXEL (alphabetical ordering) could be appropriate. (I can't think of any manufacturer names beginning with A or B.)

[Edited to accommodate the adjustment suggested by 7lm.]
And of course A is for ASUS
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