Best router for Small Business Use?

June 7, 2010 at 11:13:37
Specs: Windows 7
Hey everyone not sure if this is the best forum
for this. I own a small business and right now
we have Bell Canada 12Mbps guaranteed
ADSL. I'm not using the Bell WiFi, I have it
instead connected into a Linksys router model
WRT330N, it's a Gigabit Gaming router that
was provided by my company ages ago and
wasn't inexpensive so figured it was good.

I have 2 problems. My office recently moved
and before it moved, I could use my Cisco
VPN to connect to our head office no problem.
Now it doesn't work at all unless I connect
direct to the Bell modem or use another
connection. Nothing changed in the router, I
have all the VPN passthrough settings turned
on and so on.

The other issue though that I have is probably
once every few days the connection just dies.
Not the internet, just all my users lose their
WiFi signal, their computers don't detect it,
and even users connected by Ethernet lose
everything. It shows they're connected but it
says No Network or Internet access. So it's
not a Bell issue, since it takes down the whole
local network. After about 5-10 minutes it
comes back.

So I want to get a new router but I have no
idea what to look for. Was at Best Buy and
they had LinkSys routers starting at $69 going
up from there, showing the more expensive
ones better for gaming or video streaming and
so on. I'm really just looking for the best WiFi
router for business that supports VPN and so
on. Things like traffic shaping would be bonus
but not required. Hesitant on getting Linksys
again since this one is so iffy. Are there any
suggestions? (Oh one last thing I'd prefer
something I can just get at Best Buy or
whatever and not have to hunt around or buy
online due to it being a special type. Looking
in the max $150 range? Thanks!)

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June 7, 2010 at 12:47:20
I will not buy another Linksys router after my experience with their wrv4400N vpn/vlan wireless router. What you describe about the wireless is what I experiences with 9 of my sites using the units.

I have been real happy with my new Netgear wndr3700 with dual band wireless. It doesn't have vlans but that is OK. If you want to use the 5G network you need to get the usb netgear 5G dongle.

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June 7, 2010 at 12:50:15
Awesome thanks! What are vlans? It's weird I use Cisco VPN
to connect to my corporate office, it used to work but since
moving it doesn't do anything. I just had to connect to it now so
I'm tethering to my iPhone using my 3G data plan just to
connect to the office! I'll look into the Netgear one though.

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June 7, 2010 at 13:22:11
vlans are a hardware train track in the managed switch that allows you to isolate traffic.

You may need to let your office IT dept know your new wan ip since you moved. Your vpn access maybe set to only a know ip address.

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June 25, 2010 at 12:26:11
Hey wanderer, been meaning to reply to you. Wanted to let you
know I got the router you suggested, it's been amazing so far!
No drops or anything. I love how most settings don't even require
the router to be rebooted. With the Linksys opening a port or
anything would restart the thing, so it's been awesome far.
Thanks so much for your suggestion, was worth the money on it.

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June 25, 2010 at 12:52:47
Hey good to hear that it worked out for you so well.

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