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Looking for a new router

michaelscott
Grafter
Posts: 594
Registered: 09-08-2007

Looking for a new router

Hey all,

I'm looking for a new router that must be

* fairly cheap
* able to handle multiple external IPs
* able to understand that when I visit one of those IPs, I'm looking for the computer on the network and not the router
* be able to use one of those IPs for a group of desktop computers and give the others to servers
* fairly easy to use

Any suggestions?
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craigbrass
Grafter
Posts: 1,009
Registered: 30-07-2007

Looking for a new router

Hello,

What type you looking for Wired or Wireless?

If you are wanting wired, go for the DG834 (http://www.netgear.com/products/details/DG834.php) costing about £30 on EBuyer and if you require addition machines to run, you can pick up a cheap ebuyer own brand 8 port hub for £15.

If you want to go wireless I recomend the DG834G from netgear (http://www.netgear.com/products/details/DG834G.php). You can pick it up for about £50 on Ebuyer.

Their URL is http://www.ebuyer.com

Yours,
Craig Brass
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Looking for a new router

Hello

If you go down the wireless netgear DG834G route, check out
Amazon
.
As well as getting free delivery, you can also get a free Netgear Wireless USB 2.0 adapter worth £30. All in all both delivered for £69.99. Ebuyer and the like, I can only find them delivering the DG834G for around £70
mssystems
Rising Star
Posts: 269
Thanks: 33
Fixes: 1
Registered: 10-08-2007

Looking for a new router

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go for the DG834
Are you sure that will do everything the OP is asking for?
Our experience with persuading Netgear kit to do anything other than a basic domestic setup is not a good one!

Personally i would advise on a Draytek Vigor 2600+. Broadbandbuyer are about the cheapest supplier. You get a lot for your money (£100 ish) but the user interface is a little rough. Sonicwall kit can do pretty much the same stuff with an easier interface, but costs more.

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* fairly cheap
Considering the feature set the 2600+ is very cheap.
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* able to handle multiple external IPs

You are talking about an IANA subnet. Yes it does that.
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* able to understand that when I visit one of those IPs, I'm looking for the computer on the network and not the router
The trick is to have the routers external interface on it's own IP.
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* be able to use one of those IPs for a group of desktop computers
Thats a Dynamic IP Pool (DIP). You set aside a couple IP addresses which multiple outgoing connections can NAT through. Yes the 2600+ can do that.
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and give the others to servers
Thats 1 to 1 IP mapping (MIP).
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* fairly easy to use
The 2600+ falls down a little here. It is 'fairly' easy to program - easier than a Cisco PIX for instance. The IP filters are tedious to set up though. Sonicwall's are a lot easier than Drayteks to program but cost about twice the price. For really flexible and easy to program, you need to start looking at policy based routers like Junipers and Fortigates, but they cost about 4 times the price of a Draytek

A word of warning. IMVHO the programming interface on a router does not provide a substitute for a network engineer that knows his onions. YMMV
Simon_M
Grafter
Posts: 684
Registered: 05-04-2007

Looking for a new router

Not cheap, but good value, with added bonus of being VoIP ready.
www.intertex.se

Helpful & knowledgeable user group with manufacturer input
http://ix66.techarena.org/forum
Post your requirement list on there & they will point you to the most suitable model.

Helpful dealer
http://www.etphones.net
& click any of the 'shop-on-line' links
or phone 0870 0683 299 & speak to Ed Keagan.
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Looking for a new router

I use a wired router - the Speedtouch 510 V4. The shop I bought it from replaced the Netgear router I bought originally as my connection was continually cutting off. The Speedtouch is an excellent router in my view (and many other people's views as well as I have read lots of good reviews about it!). Cool
The router I have is this one with 4 ethernet ports. You can also buy the same model with a single ethernet socket. The four port router retails at approx £60.

Hope this helps. Smiley
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Looking for a new router

The Netgear DG834 will suite the requirement you have, and is very easy to use and setup.
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Looking for a new router

hiya

i had a netgear dg814 fine for ages then bt did something to
exchange for some reasons !
then constant disconnects

changed to linksys wag54g
hard wired and wifi router

lovely bit of kit never had probs
and also good for port forwarding to muliple pc's
which i had probs with dg814

but told the new netgear ones are good for it now?

well takecare everyone

Rob Cool
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Looking for a new router

Try these people...
http://www.solwise.co.uk/
I found them very helpful when I got my router.
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Looking for a new router

louiseandali wrote
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Try these people...
http://www.solwise.co.uk/
I found them very helpful when I got my router.


I'll second that, bent over backwards for me, useful as I am an ignoramus. Shockedops: