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10-03-2008, 01:24
Anybody know of a good business\small office ADSL modem\router\WIFI access point that can do the following (apart from what is should already be able to do):

1. Very configurable DHCP server

I need this thing to be able to assign the same IP address to a particular MAC - wired and wireless. I know that many devices can do this, but for some reason alot of them are limited to 32 addresses. I'm reading device manuals, but my eyes are bleeding by now...

2. A good configurable firewall.

This is for a small network at my university. We've got three rackmount servers (web, app and database), the UPS and switch setup. We're going to get an ADSL line to host the research group's website.

Thanks for any suggestions.

10-03-2008, 11:38
Have you taken a look at one of these: (

Kind of a pain to configure but work well once they are up and running.

10-03-2008, 13:51
Have you taken a look at one of these: (

Kind of a pain to configure but work well once they are up and running.

Thanks musashi. I'm taking a look at the user manual right now. Any reason you pointed me to that particular model?

The only other possibilty I could find earlier today was a Billion device.

10-03-2008, 15:53
I just put one in place here at work as I have had previous experience with Cisco stuff. Costs a bit more but like I said reliable and a lot of support out there for it if you need it. I personally like the Linksys products for home, etc. Cisco bought them a while ago. Either way you can't go wrong.

10-05-2008, 01:00
look at a netscreen ( juniper), fortinet or cisco. I would reccommend a cisco device like a 870s or 1800 series both with WiFI and you have the option for a DS1/ADSL WAN module in the 1841 series if you need it or a fortinet if you have an current dsl router from your provider.

Other options would be the simple to admin/manage fortinet 50B series. Here you have the ultimate with security, ease of firewall configuration and other cool features. Cost shouldn't be over 500-600dollars if you shop around. I have to checl but I think you can enable static mac-2-ip address mapping for over 32 address in the fortinet. And you should have any issues with this in a cisco with the dhcp pool and exclude options.