Advice sought: ADSL router / VPN support etc.

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Ian, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Ian

    Ian Guest

    We have a small office LAN (<10 clients) with MS Small Business Server
    2000 and a single ADSL line coming in to an Alcatel/Thomson 530
    Speedtouch "Multi-user ADSL Gateway" which is plugged into a switch.

    We sometimes have people working from home and they are able to make
    an incoming VPN connection. We also need to provide software

    support to our customers and to do this we make outgoing VPN
    connections and sometimes use terminal services client (AKA Remote
    Desktop). We would also like to use XP's Remote Assistance in some

    The problem is that if we have an outgoing connection open, people
    working from home cannot VPN in. We assume that this is a shortcoming
    of our router's capabilities rather than the configuration of it
    (unless anyone knows otherwise!) and so we are looking to upgrade our

    Our requirements are as follows: -

    1. Support for multiple, concurrent incoming and outgoing VPN/remote
    desktop connections.
    2. Configurable, user-friendly SPI firewall.
    3. We seem to have a fairly poor ADSL signal as we are some distance
    from the exchange - some modems are happy with it but some do not seem
    to work - we need a device that is fairly tolerant in this area.
    4. Our current router has a built-in ADSL modem - is it better to have
    this type or is it better to buy a seperate modem and router?
    5. We are a small company so our budget is also small - perhaps up to
    £200 max (<£100 if possible!)

    If anyone can suggest any models or just provide general advice on
    what things I need to be looking for when shopping around I would be
    very grateful - as you can probably tell, I'm not a network expert!

    Ian, Sep 24, 2004
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  2. Graham Tavener, Sep 27, 2004
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  3. Ian

    Ian Guest


    Thanks for your advice - someone else also pointed me toward the exact
    same model (vigor 2600+) which I have since purchased.

    It does exactly what I need and I found it pretty easy to set up too -
    I'd recommend it to others.

    Thanks again - and apologies for the delayed reply!

    Ian, Oct 22, 2004
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