dslreports logo
site
 
    All Forums Hot Topics Gallery
spc

spacer




how-to block ads


Search Topic:
uniqs
12
share rss forum feed


BHNtechXpert
BHN Staff
Premium,VIP
join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
kudos:148
reply to FTBoomer

Re: [Internet] Best Routers for Bridged Networks

The advantage of using the media server feature of the router is that you can attach small footprint and power consumption USB drives to your network available to all (and even people off your network if you want). As you have it setup now in order for others to have access to your network shares your main computer must be on.
--
"I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time."
~ Herbert Bayard Swope



bigdaddy

join:2009-11-18
kudos:2

Is this a Good Router ?

Buffalo Tech AirStation™ High Power N600 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router & AP - WZR-HP-AG300H

»www.buffalotech.com/products/wir···-related

Please let me know. I like the fact that it has dd-wrt inside with OpenVPN support.



BHNtechXpert
BHN Staff
Premium,VIP
join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
kudos:148

said by bigdaddy:

Buffalo Tech AirStation™ High Power N600 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router & AP - WZR-HP-AG300H

»www.buffalotech.com/products/wir···-related

Please let me know. I like the fact that it has dd-wrt inside with OpenVPN support.

Bigdaddy Buffalo is generally a good brand but I'll confess I know very little about this specific box. I tried to dig up some tech specs on it and Buffalo apparently feels that flashy websites are more important than real specs (only a couple listed). I'll try to do some more checkin tonight but if I don't get to it I'm not ignoring you...just not feelin so hot today...may hit the bed early for a change.
--
"I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time."
~ Herbert Bayard Swope


bigdaddy

join:2009-11-18
kudos:2

No Problem, Thank You so much for what you do here in this Forum.



BHNtechXpert
BHN Staff
Premium,VIP
join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
kudos:148

Bigdaddy I did some research on that router. The initial reviews are mixed and if the review trend were to continue its present direction I would have to say that customers aren't thrilled with the device. Not to say its bad...it isn't just not what I want to see in that price range ($90+-). That said it is a true VPN endpoint which is good and yes it will run DDWRT however the chipset is not officially supported by DDWRT so some features are not available. This box is also single processor which means that it will be impacted faster at lessor session counts which means if you are a heavy torrent user or have lots of people on your local network it's likely to bog a bit.

That said IF I had my choice today, right now, this instant knowing everything I know I would still spend the extra $30.00 and get the Asus...yes even with the minimal quirks it appears to be a better box, by user reviews, my own personal experience and by specifications. Just my two cents (ok four cents).
--
"I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time."
~ Herbert Bayard Swope



bigdaddy

join:2009-11-18
kudos:2

Thanks my decision on Routers will be based on which VPN service provider I will use for instance HMA use's OpenVPN and work's with routers with dd-WRT inside. Other vpn services is software based. What i have to deiced is what VPN Protocal i want use PPP PPTP L2TP or SSTP and OpenVPN. So if i use a software or dialer based VPN I'll Go with the Asus, if i go hardware I'll Try the Buffalo with openvpn.


solarein

join:2010-12-03
Ossining, NY
kudos:1

You don't need DD-WRT to use OpenVPN. You can install a OpenVPN client on your machines like any other VPN client. DD-WRT includes an OpenVPN server and client, the server is useful for running your own OpenVPN service but since you just need a client, DD-WRT is not essential.



BHNtechXpert
BHN Staff
Premium,VIP
join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
kudos:148

Good point!



FTBoomer

join:2011-04-22
Tampa, FL

Is there any benefit to purchasing the OpenDNS VIP? It's only $9.95 a year. I almost feel like purchasing it as way of saying Thank You for operating a great service.

My question though stands at; is there any real benefit to upgrading?

Award-winning parental controls:
5 preset filter configurations including whitelist-only mode that blocks everything but whitelisted domains
50+ filter categories
Proxy and anonymizer blocking to prevent kids from hiding their browsing
Whitelisting (up to 50 domains that are explicitly allowed)
Blacklisting (up to 50 domains that are explicitly blocked)
Customizable block page

Leading anti-fraud and phishing protection:
Phishing protection sourced from Phishtank the worlds largest phishing database run by OpenDNS

Faster, more reliable Internet:
Anycasting service ensures that you are always served by our closest data center
SmartCache™ means that when a website’s authoritative DNS fails, OpenDNS can continue to serve DNS requests for it.
Geo-tagging directs you to the closest server for the website you are visiting
Typo-correction automatically fixes commonly mistyped website names when browsing
The customizable OpenDNS Guide page appears when you try to access a non-existent website and displays relevant search results to help you get where you want to go
Data centers located strategically around the planet to ensure the fastest service wherever you are
Generous DNS usage capacity is more than enough for most households, but businesses and other organizations will want to consider OpenDNS Enterprise

Easy, no bloat service:
Configure on your router and protect all machines in your home including game consoles, WiFi devices and older machines
No heavy software installation to slow down your computers
No updates to remember or to slow you down. We take care of everything for you in our web application
By installing our updater (a very small application) on a laptop, protection will be extended wherever that laptop goes

Command central for parents
Monitor all Internet usage on your network from anywhere there is Internet access with one of our detailed reports
Change settings for your kids from anywhere there is Internet access
Reporting metrics kept for 1 year
One /32 network

Support for help when you need it
Web-based access to our support team
A VIP badge to make you stand out when you visit the community areas of our site



BHNtechXpert
BHN Staff
Premium,VIP
join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
kudos:148

If you need all that then go for it. I use the free version and it does just fine by me. It does exactly what I need it to do from the standpoint of filtering. I set it and forget it. Once in a great while someone here will come to me and say "hey why can't I get to this site...it says its blocked by you". My response is why are you trying to go to gambling, sex or warez site on my network?

I run a clean network...if you want those sites....get them on your network lol
--
"I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time."
~ Herbert Bayard Swope