Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by elmoco, Apr 11, 2007.
Single-box solution or router+WAP is fine. Price range around $200.
Perhaps the Draytek 2910G available from DSL Warehouse for US$210 plus shipping & handling?
You can always find an alternative for the WRV200 (that will work); the question is where are you going to find something with "the features" the WRV200 has? If you're interested in the feature set that is "still" under development (close to a year, now) as an alternative to the slowly forming WRV200, then you'll need to try the Cisco 857W or Cisco 871W.
Outside of that, check out the WRT54G series line...
I like the feature set the WRV200 (seems to want to) offer. I'll check out these two solutions.
Check out the D-Link Dir-655. No VPN, but a great performer. And under $150. See where it rates on this throughput chart:
Do you need an IPSec Tunnel? if not try the WRTSL54GS and Thibor17 RC3 firmware. you get a PPTP, FTP, and Media Server thrown in for free!
I've been using small form-factor obsolete PCs as gateways for many years. I use ordinary Linux distros.
+ since I was developing the VPN software, the ability to easily debug software and update it on the gateway was great. PCs are much more flexible than dedicated routers.
+ obsolete PCs are often cheaper than dedicated routers.
- PCs take more power and space and generate more noise and heat than dedicated routers
- once in a while you need a monitor, keyboard, and mouse on a PC. This might not be convenient.
Although I have a WRV200, reports on linksysinfo make me think that it would be a poor substitute for my current gateways. At least until they get the software debugged (of course the problems might turn out to be in the hardware).
I am using both Level One WBR-3404TX and WRV200, the 3404 more stable with VPN, wireless and even USB for printer (only for certain models) Price locally around US$55
The WBR3404TX looks interesting. Using PPTP for VPN is considered a Bad Idea and that appears to be the only kind of VPN it implements.
US$55 would seem to be a good price for a wireless router with USB. Too bad that OpenWRT doesn't support it. Do any other third-party firmwares support it?
I've seriously considered this route... Thanks.