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Netopia R9100 Router Review

Netopia R9100 Router Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Broadband technologies such as cable and DSL modems are becoming more popular than ever before, due to their high-speed access and always on connections.
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Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Netopia Jul 14 2000   D. Deveaux  
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Effectiveness



As with all Telnet sessions, navigation of the menus is done via keyboard interface. In order to get help with configuration, the online reference guide is required. While useful, it would be nice if Netopia could have bundled a utility that can both provide access to the router's configuration, while offering context-sensitive help. Overall though, Netopia has made the router fairly easy to configure, provided you have a strong understanding of what the various options mean.


In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the R9100, I used Steve Gibson's very effective Shields UP tool located at http://www.grc.com. This site is designed to test the security of your connection to the Internet, and helps ensure that the internal LAN is not accessible by a would-be intruder. Upon opening the Shields UP main page, I was greeted by the following page.


(Click to enlarge)

As you can see, my computer is not directly accessible by anyone on the internet. This demonstrates that the Network Address Translation features of my router are functioning properly. In addition to this test, Shield's UP also offers a rudimentary port scanner, which determines which ports are actively open on a system, and what the ports are generally used for. The port scanner reported that all ports were in stealth mode, meaning that the router is effectively hiding them from view.

Conclusions

The Netopia R9100 Ethernet router is clearly targeted at the small/medium business, and has a price tag to match. Costing approximately $600 US for the unlimited user version (a 12 user limit version is available for slightly less), it is clearly not designed for the average home user.

With support for Virtual Private Networking, built-in DHCP server, and a very effective firewall, this router provides excellent security for its target audience. Netopia has done an excellent job in targeting the business market with the R9100, and it is definitely a viable solution for providing enhanced security on a corporate LAN.

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Contents of Article: Netopia R9100
 Pg 1.  Netopia R9100 Router Review
 Pg 2.  Features Explained
 Pg 3.  Installation
 Pg 4.  — Effectiveness

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