Plus Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router with VPN
IPSec and security is all the rage these days, for good reason.
We welcome the added security to these routers since it helps protect
us all. Many small to medium businesses are using VPN to secure
critical data from remote offices to the home office.
The router comes bundled with the 3 Click install guide, a CD with manuals and an RJ-45 networking cable. Configuring the router is super easy with the excellent SMC EZ 3-Click start guide and the SMC EZ 3-Click installation wizard. Basic setup is as simple as selecting the Time Zone, Broadband type (Cable Modem, Fixed DSL, PPPoE DSL), and IP Type (Static or Dynamic). Once you select these 3 items, the router does a quick restart and is ready to go. Configuring the VPN is a bit more involved, but SMC has a nice VPN connectivity guide to help you get started.
7004WFW with IPSec and PPTP offers more security than any NAT router
can offer. With the other added features like the removable antenna's
allow an IT manager to customize this router and extend the range
with higher gain antenna's. If you want to use this router for IPSec
connectivity to other IPSec routers, you may be out of luck, since
the WFW is designed and marketed to use IPSec VPN with another WFW.
One thing that we found to be very helpful was the VPN connectivity
guide. This shows how to install PPTP and set up a PPTP tunnel/client
for each operating system - very nicely done. We hope to see SMC
add more extensible VPN support (and a list of compatible VPN's)
in future models, but for now, the WFW does the job, and does it
of the SMC 7004WFW:
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