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    I have two small offices that I want to improve the security with a router and hardware firewall at both locations. I connect to the internet with DSL and use static IPs inside. I run 25 computers at each site. Currently I am using Linksys 4 port routers. I would also like the ability to use VPN to connect between the sites. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    Exclamation Router, Firewall Advice

    I have two small offices that I want to improve the security with a router and hardware firewall at both locations. I connect to the internet with DSL and use static IPs inside. I run 25 computers at each site. Currently I am using Linksys 4 port routers. I would also like the ability to use VPN to connect between the sites. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    I just ordered our company a Cisco 831 Ethernet Router. Don't have it yet, but it looks cool. Either that, or I would go with a watchguard firewall.

    Just depends on how much you are wanting to spend.

    watchguard
    Firebox SOHO 6tc is a high performance end-point VPN and firewall solution for remote offices with mobile VPN users. Protects with stateful packet filtering, application level gateways, and optional web content filtering. Firebox SOHO 6tc includes a subscription to LiveSecurity® Service
    and anti-virus protection.

    75Mbps Packet Filter Throughput

    20Mbps VPN (3DES) Throughput

    6 - 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports
    50 User License

    Can handle up to 10
    Mobile User Clients and 6 Branch office VPN Tunnels

    Remote Management



    Firebox SOHO 6|tc Features:

    Comprehensive Security

    Easy Setup and Management

    Broadband Connection

    Virus Protection

    Scalable Platform
    link: http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...spx?EDC=415245

    Cisco
    Features:
    Stateful Inspection Firewall
    Access Control Lists (ACLs),
    Network Address Translation/Port Address Translation (NAT/PAT),
    Lock-and-Key security, dynamic ACLs, and router and route authentication
    Cisco Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
    Hardware-accelerated IPSec 3DES encryption
    Cisco Easy VPN Remote
    URL Filtering with WebSENSE software and server*
    IPSec NAT Transparency (NAT Traversal or NAT Aware IPSec)
    PKI support with digital certificates
    IP QoS-Low-latency queuing, Weighted Random Early Detection, committed access rate (CAR), Class-Based Traffic Shaping
    Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) QoS (for Cisco 837)-ATM Traffic UBR, VBRnrt, VBRrt, and CBR with per-VC queuing and traffic-shaping
    High-performance encryption
    IP Multicast technology
    Cisco Router Web Setup Tool
    Supported by Cisco VPN Solution Center, CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution (VMS) and Cisco Secure Policy Manager
    *Features targeted for future Cisco IOS Software Release
    Default DRAM1 Memory 32MB
    Maximum DRAM Memory 48MB
    Default Flash1 Memory 12MB
    Maximum Flash Memory 24MB
    link: http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...spx?EDC=449437

    both of those are under $500
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    I just ordered our company a Cisco 831 Ethernet Router. Don't have it yet, but it looks cool. Either that, or I would go with a watchguard firewall.

    Just depends on how much you are wanting to spend.

    watchguard
    Firebox SOHO 6tc is a high performance end-point VPN and firewall solution for remote offices with mobile VPN users. Protects with stateful packet filtering, application level gateways, and optional web content filtering. Firebox SOHO 6tc includes a subscription to LiveSecurity® Service
    and anti-virus protection.

    75Mbps Packet Filter Throughput

    20Mbps VPN (3DES) Throughput

    6 - 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports
    50 User License

    Can handle up to 10
    Mobile User Clients and 6 Branch office VPN Tunnels

    Remote Management



    Firebox SOHO 6|tc Features:

    Comprehensive Security

    Easy Setup and Management

    Broadband Connection

    Virus Protection

    Scalable Platform
    link: http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...spx?EDC=415245

    Cisco
    Features:
    Stateful Inspection Firewall
    Access Control Lists (ACLs),
    Network Address Translation/Port Address Translation (NAT/PAT),
    Lock-and-Key security, dynamic ACLs, and router and route authentication
    Cisco Intrusion Detection System (IDS)
    Hardware-accelerated IPSec 3DES encryption
    Cisco Easy VPN Remote
    URL Filtering with WebSENSE software and server*
    IPSec NAT Transparency (NAT Traversal or NAT Aware IPSec)
    PKI support with digital certificates
    IP QoS-Low-latency queuing, Weighted Random Early Detection, committed access rate (CAR), Class-Based Traffic Shaping
    Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) QoS (for Cisco 837)-ATM Traffic UBR, VBRnrt, VBRrt, and CBR with per-VC queuing and traffic-shaping
    High-performance encryption
    IP Multicast technology
    Cisco Router Web Setup Tool
    Supported by Cisco VPN Solution Center, CiscoWorks VPN/Security Management Solution (VMS) and Cisco Secure Policy Manager
    *Features targeted for future Cisco IOS Software Release
    Default DRAM1 Memory 32MB
    Maximum DRAM Memory 48MB
    Default Flash1 Memory 12MB
    Maximum Flash Memory 24MB
    link: http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...spx?EDC=449437

    both of those are under $500
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    vpn thingy

    hi there pointman,

    I'm a newbie on vpn but basically you can implement vpn using hardware or software. vpn can be via gateway-gateway vpn or client to gateway vpn.

    Hardware.
    - you have a firewall that supports vpn and do vpn gateway. e.g symantec firewall 200R
    - you have a router that supports vpn and do vpn gateway. e.g Linksys BEFSX41

    Software
    - you can use a win2k server box running a RAS (remote access service) as a vpn gateway.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...Fwct110900.asp

    - you can run a linux box as vpn gateway. (Done this personally ssl+pptp+redhat 7.3)
    http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=4772
    http://www.poptop.org/

    Both have it's pro and cons. Hope this help some.

    --lara

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    vpn thingy

    hi there pointman,

    I'm a newbie on vpn but basically you can implement vpn using hardware or software. vpn can be via gateway-gateway vpn or client to gateway vpn.

    Hardware.
    - you have a firewall that supports vpn and do vpn gateway. e.g symantec firewall 200R
    - you have a router that supports vpn and do vpn gateway. e.g Linksys BEFSX41

    Software
    - you can use a win2k server box running a RAS (remote access service) as a vpn gateway.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default...Fwct110900.asp

    - you can run a linux box as vpn gateway. (Done this personally ssl+pptp+redhat 7.3)
    http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=4772
    http://www.poptop.org/

    Both have it's pro and cons. Hope this help some.

    --lara

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    Thanks for the informative and quick replies you both have supplied. You have given two real alternatives and I intend to check into both. Again, Thanks!

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    Thanks for the informative and quick replies you both have supplied. You have given two real alternatives and I intend to check into both. Again, Thanks!

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    No problem.

    If you have any more questions, just let us know.
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    No problem.

    If you have any more questions, just let us know.
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