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Old 05-18-2004, 04:11 PM   #1
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Fast DSL/Cable Router/Switch


Currently, I have a Linksys DSL/Cable Router (BEFSR41). I've been using it for about four years now. Overall, it works good, but I think the bandwidth throughput is slow and the firmware is buggy. Connecting to FTP is tricky and there are problems with passive mode, etc.

About six months ago the power supply started making howling noise. So I think its days are just about over. Plus the firmware is buggy. I cannot connect to FTP servers when using certain firmware builds.

I'd like to get a new DSL/Cable Router with at least 4x100mb network switch support. What is the best DSL/Cable router right now?

Here are some models I am considering right now.


Model RP614 4-Port Cable/DSL Router with 10/100 Mbps Switch

Model FR114P 4 Port Cable/DSL ProSafe Firewall/Print Server


BEFSX41 Instant Broadband EtherFast®Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch/VPN End

They're all about the same price. Really I want to stay away from Linksys, but 3COM backs them. I have not had a Netgear router. It is any good?

What is the best DSL/Cable router right now in terms of speed (bandwidth throughput) and security?


Old 05-20-2004, 12:05 PM   #2
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well cisco bought linksys last year.. made a few changes to the router gui.. its rock solid now
Old 05-21-2004, 11:32 AM   #3
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Linksys BEFSR41 ver.3

Yes! I have to agree. I futzed around with the old Linksys at school and it was crap. But I just bought a brand new one recently. (under the CISCO name), and it really is FAST.

I immediatedly upgraded the firmware when I got it home, (no problems - use the tftp method) It almost seems like I am getting better speed with the router installed (Xp anyway) then connecting directly to Internet.

I haven't updated Slackware yet, but I am sure it will be the same or faster. (I think WinXP just had allot of overhead when it was connecting directly-(firewall / routing / etc)

I only have 2 computers on this network, but each is screaming fast (as far as a DSL will go anyway 160-200 K.B.P.S.). (BTW I have SBC Yahoo DSL... never had any problems with it - *knock on wood...!*) I am in the process of setting up the router for Slackware today. (Which is why I am here in the first place!)



PS: (The Linksys was $52 with tax and discount from $10 rebate.)
Old 05-21-2004, 12:41 PM   #4
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Okay. Thanks.

The Linksys router is actually more expensive than the Netgear. They used to be about the same, but now Linksys costs about $10 more. I hear Netgear is also very fast.

Old 05-21-2004, 02:57 PM   #5
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i personaly use and love the SMC7004FW

its a great cable/dsl router with 4 port 10/100 switch and 20 built in VPN both IPSec and PPtP.

do a google serch for them, i got my last 2 for $25ea plus s/h. they blow away any Linksys router ive ever used.
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Don't let the "10/100" fool you. I was fooled when purchasing an Netgear FR114p. Sure, it says "10/100", but that doesn't mean you'll get the same throughput in actual use.

On the FIOS fibre connection (15MB/s down) I can get no more than 11MB from the router - and Netgear says this is a limitation of the device.

Makes some sense: packet inspection takes respources, and there's only so much that will fit inside that little box.
Old 05-25-2006, 01:02 AM   #7
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k1mgy, 10/100 refers to the internal network speeds. There is a 'docsis' version you need to look at to determine the cable protocol that is supported. You need a Docsis revision above 2.0 I *think* to get the higher speeds.

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I have an Airlink101 wireless (model AR525W) replacing an old Linksys that finally decided to fry on me. It has four cable ports plus the wireless function. So far it's been running well.
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I have a smoothwall and a Belkin PreN Wireless working as a dumb switch and wireless relay. They seem to work great.


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