I just hooked-up my new Linksys WRVS4400N Wireless N Router with VPN server built-in. It is currently acting like an Access Point at this juncture, since I want to make sure some issues I discovered during my research phase do not become apparent before I place it in Gateway mode, where it will control of my entire network and the Internet connection.
But already, I am quite impressed by this unit. And boy, is this puppy fast. My Wireless G signal strength appears to be about 40% better than with my previous 2Wire 1800HG Wireless G Router. And the number of security options is truly dizzying. Iâ€™ll be beating on it for the next day or so, then hook it up so that it will be the Gateway. This hurried aspect is due to my having received the Router today, and the seller only offers a 3-day window for returns.
Purchased on eBay just today (not a venue I normally purchase hardware from, but they had an unbeatable price of $100.00, which is more than half off itâ€™s regular price).
This router is so high-end, it boggles the imagination. It has Wireless-N, dual-band reception, a VPN server, and even Intrusion Protection (IP). Not to mention GIGABIT network speeds for the local network, and full backward compatibility for Wireless G (and way old â€œBâ€) connections.
My life will be so much easier after I get this router installed: I can retire the VPN function that my tired old Windows 2000 Server currently controls, and my VPN will be back-up and running again!
It will offer me future growth capability in two areas, I currently do not have Wireless-N clients yet, nor are any of my desktopâ€™s equipped with Gigabit Ethernet adapters, so whenever I wish to take advantage of those technologies, they are there waiting for me.
The big benefit for me will be Intrusion Protection (IP) feature, which is a step further than an SPI Firewall (Stateful Packet Inspection), which the unit also comes with as an Industry standard.
But itâ€™s the VPN that I will get the most use out of. I use VPN on almost a daily basis to link my laptop with my home network so I can access File Shares and FTP.
Iâ€™ll be reviewing this unit in the near future. Hopefully itâ€™ll get high-marksâ€¦