Business class wireless routers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mjfarina, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. mjfarina

    mjfarina Network Guru Member

    I'm interested to see if anyone knows of a good "integrated" business class wireless router. I'm looking for a piece of hardware which could take a normal cable WAN connection and provide:
    - wireless A/G access
    - wired 10/100/1000 access
    - web based management
    - wpa wireless security
    - 50+ VPN tunnels (VPN clients terminating at the router is a plus)
    - 20+ port forwarding rules
    - internal omnidirectional antenna would be nice
    - SNMP monitoring

    Basically everything cool =). I've only worked with home/personal routers and I need to find something for my office. I've looked at a few of the Cisco products, but the don't seem to offer anything with all these features + wireless. Maybe I'm just not seeing it?

    Any suggestions would be great!!
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    Don't have a good answer for you on this, but you may be better off (with that many requirements) to buy several standalone devices ie:
    A/G wireless router, managed gigabit switch, hardware VPN server. you may be able to get most of the wired stuff from cisco or someone like watchguard or similar... you can just integrae any AP into that system and that would probably be the way i'd do it, if you have it as an all in one device it will no only be very pricy but also create a single point of failure where every system in the office can go down if any part of the device fails and when that happens you have to shell out for another whole device..

    just my $0.02, someoen else may be able to recomend an all in one soloution fo you though...
  3. mjfarina

    mjfarina Network Guru Member


    I considered that...I was just curious if there are any "all-in-one" type devices out there =).

  4. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    well I hope you get your answer, I don't think theres many people in that market here as most people on this forum are looking to use consumer class products and don't deal with that kind high end stuff, your list of requirements is pretty broad and you have quite a few i'd be suprised if anyone made something like that as a single device you may want to call some of the high end sales reps and ask them, try calling cisco sales and see if they know of a device like that they may be able to tell you where to look but i'd be doubtful you'll find something that does everything on your list...
  5. zgamer

    zgamer Network Guru Member

  6. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    neither of those will do all the things he wants and neither of them supports gige, like I said I don't think such a beast exists in that form...
  7. zgamer

    zgamer Network Guru Member

    Like I said, close. If you want gig ethernet you will need to get a gig ethernet switch plain and simple. The only products which do multiple that do support gig ethernet are enterprise class routers which cost a pretty penny.
  8. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    he's looking for something that costs a pretty penny...
  9. mjfarina

    mjfarina Network Guru Member

    I'm just looking for anything =). I'm really just curious if anyone has found something I haven't seen on the market. I'm using a WRV54G at home, and it does most of those things. Of course, it doesn't do any of them well, but when it is working, it's nice to have an all-in-one solution.

    I've found some Cisco hardware that would do pretty much everything I want, but I was curious to see if anyone had used other componets with any success.
  10. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    do not buy an all in one box for that
    buy an ap-1200 from cisco or some zytel ap. then get the gig e switch then a vpn router from someone like cisco or netopia.

    Z was right it will be the single point of failure and you dont need that.

    besides whoever has more blinky lights wins right??
  11. bluedog

    bluedog Network Guru Member

  12. zgamer

    zgamer Network Guru Member

    The cisco aironet 1200's are nice access points, very nice. But I can't justify the price. For nearly $1,000 I could buy a single cisco aironet with a/b/g capabilities. Why spend it when I could get 8 access points for $125 each(Nortel a/b/g access points).
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