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Good Content Filtering on Router?

by maddanmusic / July 17, 2006 8:28 AM PDT

Which routers currently have good content filtering? I am looking at possibly replacing my NetGear 7230 since it seems to "choke" after too much use. I like the "content filtering" subscription the router allows since I can keep my family from stumbling on certain sites.

I did purchase another router that claimed it supported content filtering, but that required entry of each site. I am definitely NOT doing that.

Do any other consumer-grade routers support this?

I have used a SonicWall SOHO for a several years, but their annual fee for content filtering was much too high for my usage.


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Without someone updating the rules, nope. Try..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2006 8:37 AM PDT
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7230 Shows Firmware Up-to-Date
by maddanmusic / July 18, 2006 4:07 AM PDT

When I check for a firmware update I am told it is "up to date".

The unit is also outside the warranty period.

I did purchase a NETGEAR WPNT834 RangeMax 4-Port Switch 240 Mbps MIMO 802.11g/b Wireless Router, since I found it for around $75 (which may have been an error).

I will see if that works any better, though having a spare is not a bad idea either.


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SOHO class firewall versus TZ150
by jbrittous / July 18, 2006 1:04 AM PDT

The cfs subscription is more expensive on a SOHO unit because the SOHO is postioned more as a business class appliance (businesses are more apt to spend higher dollars than consumers).

Consider purchasing a SonicWALL TZ150. You should be able to purchase the firewall and the cfs for about the same cost as the SOHO for the first year. The follow-on years should run you about $120 per year.

Let me know if you need additional details.

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Still Expensive for CFS
by maddanmusic / July 18, 2006 4:05 AM PDT

$120 per year is still 3x to 4x what I want to pay. I don't love my NetGear, but it works for about $30 per year for CFS.

Does the TZ150 limit the number of users? That was a real annoyance with my SOHO unit.


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Zyxel Zywall 2
by padlin00 / July 24, 2006 11:15 AM PDT

Take a look at the Zyxel Zywall 2. I've had one for 2 years and have been very happy with it. The content filtering subscription can be purchased for about $ 65. per year.

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