phoenix

Good hardware VPN/firewall

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I want to get a hardware VPN/firewall strictly for play. I was browsing Netgear's web site for no particular reason and realized that I'd never used this sort of hardware. I'd like to get one cheap (used/refurbished is fine as long as it works!) to kick around and play with.

I know very, very little about networking products (always been a weak area for me) so I was hoping someone could point me towards a site that discusses these products (capabilities, reviews) or could list a couple of products that can be picked up on eBay for cheap. (And by cheap I really mean cheap--I've seen some of these things selling for $20 or less.) Nice-to-haves are: biggest feature list and configurability and protocol support for the price (so that there are more switches to flip and features to play with) and stability/strong online support resources (so that I'm not wasting that time chasing down bugs.) What I don't necessary need are lots of ports or bandwidth. Wired would be ideal.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. FYI, this is the sort of stuff I'm looking for:

http://www.netgear.com/Products/VPNandSSL/...allRouters.aspx

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I should also add that at some point I'd like to get a good managed switch to play with as well. Desired features here include vlans, port configuration, some QoS, SNMP support and trunking/rate-limiting. What I don't need/want to pay for are lots of ports (feature-rich 4-8 port is fine if it cuts down the cost) or bandwidth (don't need gigabit). Same basic idea as before: cheap, stable, and don't need much scalability or bandwidth. Again, vendor doesn't really matter--just whomever is cheap and supported enough that I can search online when working through problems.

I'm not sure if it would make more sense to look at this as a "separate" toy from the previous vpn/firewall or whether I should look for a single device that does all these things (if it even exists, which it may not).

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I recently installed a VPN/Firewall setup that consisted of 2 Zyxel ZyWall 2 Plus's and 1 Zywall 5. It was trivial to set up and so far has worked extremely well. They're a little pricey just for play though.

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You could always find something that runs linux and shove monowall on it. That aside, Tomshardware's networking site occaisionally has some good articles on the subjetc.

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