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I was reading a few threads on overclock.net here and saw a few suggestions about new routers...


I have run into a dilemma. Someone suggested a cisco small business router and I assume this has more security than a asus router? You always hear good things about cisco and their firewalls.

How do these two routers compare?

Asus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320038
Cisco: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833150130

Which router is more secure for hosting a webserver? I noticed the Asus router has "Support up to 300,000 sessions for extensive P2P clients." and the Cisco one only has 5,000 sessions.

The VPN the cisco router has doesn't really interest me, I have openVPN.


In your opinions & experience which would you say is the better router?

Thank you for reading.
post #2 of 9
As much as I love Cisco routers, for something as small as this I would just grab the ASUS out of the two.

The ASUS states that it supports DD-WRT out of the box AND it has Gigabit Ethernet support.

A router is only as secure as the person securing/configuring it.
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I bought the asus and instantly flashed DDWRT immediately. Works like a champ. I have a website behind mine, and have boat loads of port forwards running to deal with things and it doesn't even hiccup. The Asus CPU is 450 MHZ (faster than my first computer) and has 32 MB nvram, so you can load the advanced features from DDWRT as well. Cisco is good, don't get me wrong, but not sure if it's worth the extra money for them. Also, 300,000 sessions is something you'll never get to. I work at a college campus with 2000+ users on, and we just this year broke the 250,000 concurrent session limit of our juniper router.
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I bought the asus and instantly flashed DDWRT immediately. Works like a champ. I have a website behind mine, and have boat loads of port forwards running to deal with things and it doesn't even hiccup. The Asus CPU is 450 MHZ (faster than my first computer) and has 32 MB nvram, so you can load the advanced features from DDWRT as well. Cisco is good, don't get me wrong, but not sure if it's worth the extra money for them. Also, 300,000 sessions is something you'll never get to. I work at a college campus with 2000+ users on, and we just this year broke the 250,000 concurrent session limit of our juniper router.

Wow thats awesome.

What do you recommend to flash it with? Tomato?

Thanks for the replies guys.
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I recommend DD-WRT

I can't comment on Tomato since I haven't used it.
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I'd take the N16, personally. Mine's been going strong since the end of 2009.
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I bought 3 Cisco Small Business routers and implemented them in what they were designed for, small businesses. The SPI was very extensive but throughput with it enabled was 15 mpbs and they kept locking up. I contacted Cisco about it and got the runaround. I figured out it was an extensive issue with the firmware version and I couldn't update it because I didn't have the most up-to-date hardware version. Complete crap and I haven't used Cisco SMB since. ASUS however, nothing but good smile.gif
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I bought the asus and instantly flashed DDWRT immediately. Works like a champ. I have a website behind mine, and have boat loads of port forwards running to deal with things and it doesn't even hiccup. The Asus CPU is 450 MHZ (faster than my first computer) and has 32 MB nvram, so you can load the advanced features from DDWRT as well. Cisco is good, don't get me wrong, but not sure if it's worth the extra money for them. Also, 300,000 sessions is something you'll never get to. I work at a college campus with 2000+ users on, and we just this year broke the 250,000 concurrent session limit of our juniper router.

Well, that's because the college students don't typically use p2p in campus. If you do download a lot of stuff from p2p, then session limit does matter. I have a Cisco EA3500, I can tell the session limit is really low on this model. Everytime I use my uTorrent, my browser will start to timeout, pretty obvious.
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Well, that's because the college students don't typically use p2p in campus. If you do download a lot of stuff from p2p, then session limit does matter. I have a Cisco EA3500, I can tell the session limit is really low on this model. Everytime I use my uTorrent, my browser will start to timeout, pretty obvious.

I don't know where you went, or are going go college, but college campuses are always fighting with P2P clients buddy. I get DMCA notices once a week about things the students have downloaded. I'm just saying that at home, you won't break 300K sessions if my college campus I administer has just been breaking 250K with 2000+ users online.
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