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I would get one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16859324029 and put pfsense on it.

pfsense is more than enough for what you want, and it will blow the doors off any of those routers. As long as you don't want high thoughput VPN, then that box is more powerful in every way. The purpose built units have hardware AES, though you could get a 1155/1150 ITX board get get AES-IN.

The best part about an x86 router is pfsense gets regular updates. The same firmware will run on a 10 year old system and a brand new haswell setup. That means you don't send up stuck with last years model and no software updates.
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Please accept my apologies for not responding sooner. Although I had my settings to "notify me immediately", I saw no responses in my email box so I just concluded that this topic might not be of interest.

Well, in the meantime I spent a lot of time over at www.neowin.net/, where it was rather nicely concluded that I don't know what the heck I am looking for and need to do more homework before making a purchasing decision.

Here is the thread if anyone is interested: http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1187053-need-recommendation-for-dual-gigabit-wan-router/

So what I am doing now is just reading the manuals for what I currently own:

1) Cisco SG300-10 10-port Gigabit Managed Switch (SRW2008-K9-NA)

2) SMCD3G-BIZ - Comcast Business Class Modem

What I can tell you is that I have literally looked at everything worth looking at and nothing looks good - without sacrificing something.

A) Cisco Systems Gigabit VPN Router (RV320K9NA) = KRAP
B) Cisco Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router (RV042G-NA) = Not bad but poor throughput (WAN to LAN, etc.)
C) ZyWALL USG50 = I was hot to buy this and so were lots of other guys --- Until I found that most of the features don't work unless you subscribe

Now everybody listen up:
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What you are seeking honestly doesn't exist. If you want a true UTM solution, you will be looking at Untangle, pfSense, m0n0wall, and IPFire.
Ubiquiti EdgeRouter and SonicWall are two that I would suggest if you don't require a true UTM, and want business class without the enterprise price tag.
Also, if you want to really know the traffic on your network, you likely will want some sort of NetFlow monitoring software, such as Scrutinizer or Splunk.

tycoonbob, that is some of the best advice I have seen. Actually, you are preaching to the choir, my friend. After banging my head against the wall and reading reviews until migraines set in, I came to the exact same conclusion. However, and it's a big "however", you did list up some stuff that I really need to read up more on for a sound UTM solution.

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I have an Asus AC66-U. Why are these so expensive?
Emotional Post-it Note, depends on your needs. Just for sake of comparison, my managed switch is $200.00 and all my ethernet routers have cost about $200.00. Now I will surely make some enemies here (not my intent) but I would never ever use a wireless router - pretty much for the same reason I wouldn't run around with my panties down in public. lachen.gif

Also, I haven't heard much good about ASUS routers (though I have 5 of their motherboards and swear by them)
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@ionstorm66, I wanna take a moment to thank you for the intro to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16859324029
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pfsense is more than enough for what you want, and it will blow the doors off any of those routers. As long as you don't want high thoughput VPN, then that box is more powerful in every way. The purpose built units have hardware AES, though you could get a 1155/1150 ITX board get get AES-IN.

The best part about an x86 router is pfsense gets regular updates. The same firmware will run on a 10 year old system and a brand new haswell setup. That means you don't send up stuck with last years model and no software updates.

I really respect people who know their stuff. This is a whole 'nother direction for me, and I will surely look into it. You know, I tend to be rather abrupt and direct in my conclusions, after I have studied a subject to death as I have routers, and I have come to the exact same conclusion you have. They are all impotent little wannabe's. None of them really provide security.

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Oh, and sorry to Emotional Post-it Note. I think wireless routers are probably OK for an AV setup, but I would never ever trust anything to them that I did not want to be made public knowledge. Quite frankly, I could never see them in even a SOHO environment. But then your needs may be different, so please accept my apologies for disrespecting your choice thumb.gif.
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