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Topic # 14856 24-Jul-2007 09:31
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I was just wondering what peoples opinions were on the best router for a web server? I've tried a number of DLink routers now and think I will throw in the towel with them as they keep requiring restarts weekly!
Has anyone had any experience with any good ones?

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  Reply # 79405 24-Jul-2007 10:26
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Linksys WR54GL with DD-WRT or Sveasoft firmware. Rock solid and feature packed.

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  Reply # 79409 24-Jul-2007 10:42

if you need some serious features like VPNs and traffic stats, best bang for buck would have to be a Dynalink RTA1320 operating in IP extension mode (PPP half bridge) connected to a  pfsense router/firewall

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  Reply # 79448 24-Jul-2007 15:39

Dont forget the monstrous ASUS WL500g which can also run OpenWRT WhiteRussian or Kamakazi custom firmware with a load of features. Most stock firmwares have either limited functionality or are buggy and quite literally consumer class not meant to handle web server traffic. You either have to get something decent or opt for a custom firmware based router like the above mentioned or maybe a linksys WA54GL.

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  Reply # 79463 24-Jul-2007 17:25
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If you need something powerful, flexible and stable you should be looking at a Cisco.

Most companies have the arse backwards approach of skimping on a router and them complaining because they lost a days work of productivity while their $70 router was kicking its heels.

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  Reply # 79485 24-Jul-2007 19:40

Can't say my $70 router is unreliable, its a Pentium :-P
# uptime
7:24PM up 258 days, 12:19, 2 users, load averages: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

bragging aside, I've setup a few 800 and 2600 series Ciscos and I find pfsense easier to use, just as reliable and more featureful. no question as to Linux firmwares reliability either, 365+ days from WRT54Gs at multiple sites. D-link are a poor example for Linux firmware.

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  Reply # 79505 24-Jul-2007 21:34
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Not having used pfsense I cannot really comment too much.

From what I have heard and seen it goes look pretty powerful and in some way more feature rich than a Cisco 800 series, in other ways less however. I hear good things about reliability too however:

You are unlikely to get the same reliability out of something with a HDD than solidstate.
Running costs for a pc vs a router are likely to add up over a few years to the point where it may have been cheaper to buy an 800 series.
If you leave the company then finding somebody with a working knowledge of pfsense may be difficult vs finding someone with knowledge of Cisco kit or this being outsourced.

Not that I'm saying not to look at pfsense, I keep meaning to myself.

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  Reply # 80566 31-Jul-2007 12:50
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m3mberman: Dont forget the monstrous ASUS WL500g which can also run OpenWRT WhiteRussian or Kamakazi custom firmware with a load of features.

Seriously looking at this solution. What is the differnece between WhiteRussioan or Kamakazi? Which is better?

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  Reply # 81260 6-Aug-2007 10:27

White Russian is the older firmware while Kamakazi is the Newer one. The newer one is more stable but isn't as compatible with some of the packages as WR. An excellent source of information if you are planning on implementing routers with custom firmware and other hacks would be Linksys WRT54G Ultimate Hacking (Paperback) by Paul Asadoorian and Larry Pesce. You can also refer to their website for more info. I personally am waiting on delivery of my book to start working on my custom made router to automate a lot of my network needs. Hope this info helps.

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