If not pfsense then what?



  • If you weren't going to use pfsense, what hardware dual wan router would you consider for a small office. We have been using ipcop, but want to have dual wan now for failover at least, but being able to use them at the same time would be nice. I have tried pfsense somewhat, but have had problems(I am probably just too dense) and am possibly looking for a ready-to-go router. Thanks in advance



  • perhaps you should have a look at drayteks products then… they're smart too... but if you're feature-hungry, you'll be back to us soon  ;)

    so welcome back then



  • linksys rv082 is perhaps a choice, dual-wan n a relatively high speed processor.
    expansion wise is limited as it's a wired dedicated box, however it offers right off the box simplicity.



  • @brady47:

    If you weren't going to use pfsense, what hardware dual wan router would you consider for a small office. We have been using ipcop, but want to have dual wan now for failover at least, but being able to use them at the same time would be nice. I have tried pfsense somewhat, but have had problems(I am probably just too dense) and am possibly looking for a ready-to-go router. Thanks in advance

    Don't worry. Follow this document: http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Multi-Wan/Load-Balancing
    I am new in PFSenese and successed in config multi-wan with this document.

    I will replace my Planet MH-5000 with my pfsense (with multi-wan configed) for a few days.



  • Thanks for the input. I went for the Draytek v3300v and so far so good

    Here:

    http://www.draytek.co.uk/products/vigor3300v.html

    and I bought it from here:

    http://www.voipsupply.com/product_info.php?products_id=1780

    I also got two FXS modules so I could get rid of all of my sipura spa-1001s dangling about the office :)

    I like it so far. It is balancing my cable line and adsl line(it is doing the pppoe) pretty well so far. It will do up to 4 WAN. It has simple balancing configuration in terms of percentages and you can also specify policies for certain ip addresses or ports or whatever(eg all of our voip goes over one line). It has only been a week, but so far so good. The one thing I have not figured out how to do on it yet that I did with my old ipcop machine was to restrict a NAT port redirection to only a certain outside ip address. I use this for mysql servers at separate sites to talk to each other on port 3306 to update data and stuff. I don't really want to open up the mysql servers to the world.

    It can also vlan each of the wan ports, so I have our wifi on a separate vlan just in case.

    I haven't messed with the VPN features yet.



  • @brady47:

    Thanks for the input. I went for the Draytek v3300v and so far so good

    Here:

    http://www.draytek.co.uk/products/vigor3300v.html

    and I bought it from here:

    http://www.voipsupply.com/product_info.php?products_id=1780

    I also got two FXS modules so I could get rid of all of my sipura spa-1001s dangling about the office :)

    I like it so far. It is balancing my cable line and adsl line(it is doing the pppoe) pretty well so far. It will do up to 4 WAN. It has simple balancing configuration in terms of percentages and you can also specify policies for certain ip addresses or ports or whatever(eg all of our voip goes over one line). It has only been a week, but so far so good. The one thing I have not figured out how to do on it yet that I did with my old ipcop machine was to restrict a NAT port redirection to only a certain outside ip address. I use this for mysql servers at separate sites to talk to each other on port 3306 to update data and stuff. I don't really want to open up the mysql servers to the world.

    It can also vlan each of the wan ports, so I have our wifi on a separate vlan just in case.

    I haven't messed with the VPN features yet.

    Yes, but with pfsense you can config inbound load balancing, which is not supported by Vigor 3300 or Planet mh-5000.



  • True. If that is what you primarily need, I wouldn't recommnd this router. We only have one server so we don't really need to do any incoming load balancing :)


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