Re: Router recommendation
"Bob" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I need to be able to connect 2 wired networks (1 on wireless and 1 on
> ADSL) very securely. I believe my best bet would be to get 2 VPN
> endpoint routers for this.
> Here's my problem:
> Although all computers on each network need internet access as well as
> VPN connection to the other network, I need to be able to severely
> restrict the internet sites that can be visited by 2 of the computers
> on 1 network, as well as completely shut down P2P, other file sharing,
> and FTP downloaing. Actually, these two computers would ideally be
> only able to access files on a single domain.
> Are there any VPN endpoint routers out there with such features?
> Thanks, Bob
Bob, Sonicwall makes high end internet appliances that will do all you have
stated you need. I am 99.9% sure they will. The issue is cost as they run a
couple hundred and up plus subscription fees for security services for what
It is possible on lower end routers probably to do all you need, but much
more difficult I believe allthough I'm not entirely sure. I know with
Sonicwall it's pretty darn easy to set that all up.
I own a Sonicwall TZ170W with SonicOS enhanced. It has IPS, CFS, Gateway and
Network AV, AntiSpyware, Spam protection built in, VPN stuff as well and it
is a dual wan plus it has wireless 54g and will probably get to be MIMO when
it's standard as they will add this via software update. Firewall rules are
incredible what you can do.
With IPS it blocks all p2p and filesharing automatically with IPS enabled
plus you can create specific rules and for who they apply. You can set up
user groups, user accounts etc, connection bandwidth limits, restrict ports
and web sites and so forth to whoever you want. It does very good logging,
report features with who goes where, how much bandwidth they use like how
much data they downloaded and on what port etc. It will email the logs, SNMP
etc. It's amazing what it does.
Well I might be wanting to sell my TZ170W with SonicOS Enhanced. So if you
think you might be interested let me know in here. Also you can go to the
sonicwall site to read more. [url]www.sonicwall.com[/url] .
The CFS is content filtering which gives you a list of 12 categories to
block, like porn, gambling etc, plus it will let you configure it for
keywords etc. You can also activate the CFS per user as it is adjustable.
the Gateway AV is anti virus protection built into the router for the entire
network. It covers everyone at the same time so there is no need for virus
apps on their computers. Allthough as I'm sure you know it's still good to
have some. It also has good remote access to manage the device as well as an
awesome reporting tool in software that you would install on a pc to get a
lot of information from the sonicwall. it's all GUI, graphs, pie charts etc.
I'm not sure of other manufacturers who does the same type of stuff you