Catastrophe strikes Blue Feather's 'net presence
kyrrin at bluefeathertech.com
Wed Aug 16 10:54:16 CDT 2006
Murphy's having some real fun with me this week...
It seems that the failure of the outside world to access Blue Feather's FTP site was only the beginning. Within a couple of hours after I started troubleshooting last night, I discovered that our entire domain, including mail and web servers, had disappeared from the 'net.
The problem turned out to be (and I never saw this coming) -- our firewall/router! It had, apparently, decided that it was simply going to give up the ghost, and not give ANY indication in its (alleged) self-diagnostics.
No amount of power-cycling has fixed it, so I am going to replace it. Post-haste, I would add. The original unit was a Watchguard Firebox II that I got as a freebie, but Watchguard's current products are way too expensive for my tastes.
If anyone knows of a good, solid VPN router, in the $400-$500 (max) range, with at least the following features I would appreciate hearing about it. I'm currently looking at Zyxel (the Zywall 5) and Multitech (RouteFinder 830).
--Must support 1:1 NAT mapping.
--Must support at least IPSec VPN with 3DES or AES encryption, and the VPN client must be low-cost or included.
--Preferably, should also support PPTP for when IPSec is blocked at the originating end (I've seen it happen).
--Must be RACK-MOUNTED, as in it has rack ears or brackets. This is NOT negotiable.
--The manufacturer must NOT, unlike Watchguard and Juniper Networks, nickle-and-dime its users to death for extra features.
Thanks much, and I apologize for the hassles. I never saw this one coming...
Bruce Lane, Owner & Head Hardware Heavy,
Blue Feather Technologies -- http://www.bluefeathertech.com
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