On Fri, 2004-01-30 at 13:24, Josh McCormack wrote:
> Hilton Travis wrote:
> > Hi Josh,
> > On Fri, 2004-01-30 at 00:10, joshmccormack at travelersdiary dot com wrote:
> >>Here's a commercial product those who are interested in making an all but
> >>firewall box could evaluate and compare to: Linksys EFG120
> >> $850
> >> NAS 120GB drive, space for another
> >> DHCP
> >> Printserver (including used as Internet print server substitute for fax?)
> >> backup
> >> ftp server with password protection
> > This box is far from an all-but-firewall box. Can you authenticate to
> > it? Does it provide an ntp server? Does it act as a web cache? Does
> > it have a RADIUS Server for PPTP and WPA authentication? Does it, does
> > it, does it?
> uh... simmer.
Simmer? What for? I'm about as chilled out as anyone can get.
What I was saying is that aside from the number of things I listed that
this device fails to have, there are quite a number more things it
lacks. Therefore, as I originally said, it is far from the
"all-but-firewall" you purport it to be. That's all.
> > Aside from it being, basically, purely a NAS box with no other
> > functionality, it is also a Linksys product - and any of us who have
> > used anything from Linksys in the past knows that their gear isn't up to
> > home-user standards, let alone business use standards.
> Evaluate what it has, compare it, offer better things to compare to,
> etc. I don't care if you like it.
My liking it or not has little to do with the fact that this is far, far
from an "all-but-firewall" box for a small LAN. It fails to fulfill
many, many needs. It is basically just a NAS box, and nothing more.
That aside, I have found Linksys gear to be wholly unreliable. And I
know a large number of others who have had the same experience. I'd
never consider anything from them for a business environment, and have
actually told clients that I will support the rest of their network, but
not any Linkxyx (and a few other brands) equipment they have.
> If it helps those interested to see what's out there, at what price,
> great. If it helps define everything that should be in a device (like
> you started listing), great.
Exactly why I listed some of the number of things that this box is
missing - to make it clear that, at whatever price, this box is still
lacking a lot of "all-but-firewall" features.
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