[rescue] Good SOHO router for ASDL? (was: what is this traffic?)

J. Alexander Jacocks jjacocks at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 12:10:30 CST 2015

On Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM, Doug McIntyre <merlyn at geeks.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 04, 2015 at 08:12:53AM -0500, Mark Brown wrote:
> > On 11/4/2015 2:48 AM, microcode at zoho.com wrote:
> > > my router is the problem. That also somewhat explains the problem of
> why the switch was
> ..
> > > So, what is a good SOHO router for ADSL?
> > Heh! -Everyone- will have an opinion about this....
> >
> > Here is my opinion  - there isn't one - and I wouldn't waste any money
> > one one!!!
> I agree, anything out there is pretty horrible.
> You still need the DSL modem/router from the telco to terminate the DSL
> line, because halfways decent devices with ADSL ports are very pricey.
> Put the modem/router into bridge mode, and move the PPPoE auth onto your
> separate firewall instead.
> > I'm using a PIX 515e.
> I've never ever liked the PIX's.
> I'd go for a used FortiGate instead.
> Something like a FortiGate 100A or FortiGate 60B should be about $40
> on ebay at the low end. I see a 100A for $35 now. The 60B is fanless,
> but I've had to start replacing dried out caps in some of my old test ones
> now.
> There are a few 80C that get cheap enough, but most are overpriced.
> > Even a basic 2651XM will do what you are asking.... cheap and reliable
> too.
> A bit underpowered compared to what people expect though. I certainly
> setup my share of them. The ADSL card for the 2600 series isn't any
> "better"
> than a consumer router. Guess my customers expected so much more for a
> $1000 addon card when they bought them.

How do you all feel about running unsupported (i.e. vendor no longer
provides updates) hardware, even of good quality, on Internet-connected
networks?  I had an older (admittedly consumer-grade) firewall penetrated
no too long ago, and it has made me unwilling to run any firewall that is
not actively patched.  So, pfSense is my choice, at the moment.

- Alex

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