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ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby skywriter » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:52 am

Any use one of these before? My second netgear FVS318 started to get flakey; LAN side connection seems to disappear until I power cycle the box so I went shopping for another. Most reviews of the FVS's are poor althoughits worked OK for me. It has a billion settings that I can't believe they test... But I only use the bare bones stuff.

So, I bought another FVS and one of these ZyXEL 20w wired firewall, etc... It's a cheap looking little thing that has programmable firewall rules, and 390 page CLI reference manual for the series console port. It also, has a licensed features for content filtering, antispam, antivirus, IPD, etc... Not sure of the feature/license but it's a yearly fee.
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby mila » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:57 pm

Your second :) I have used two firewall for the last hmm ~15 years, the first 10 it was a SS10 with dual 40MHz SuperSparc and now a U10 440Mhz!

Netgear is such a crap, as a Decus member you should know better :)
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby skywriter » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:59 pm

good for you.

now anyone have any experience with ZyXEL?
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby zmttoxics » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:11 pm

skywriter wrote:good for you.

now anyone have any experience with ZyXEL?

We miss you on IRC Sky, you should hang out and make the new guys feel bad again. :D

I have a dual wan port ZyXEL at work were not using, aquired it with a batch of other stuff (peplinks and some ciscos). It was supposed to be really good and reliable, but its 5 years old now and doesn't do the new VDSL speeds and such (caps out at 10mb/s on a 25mb line). But other than being old, it ran linux with a pretty complex feature rich web interface and still worked. Must say something.

Never used a netgear firewall appliance, but I buy the prosafe managed gigabit switches pretty regularly. They do great for the cost.
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby sgtprobe » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:56 pm

skywriter wrote:good for you.

now anyone have any experience with ZyXEL?


Always so lovely and to the point. ;)

Regarding ZyXEL, well, imho they sux. Using a ZyXEL wireless router here at home. And it works good when it works, but when it get too much load on it, internet usually goes down (sometimes the wireless devices can't connect to Lan either), but wired Lan is still working. Granted, it's one of their cheaper units. So maybe shouldn't read too much into what I think.


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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby hamei » Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:27 pm

skywriter wrote:Any use one of these before? My second netgear FVS318 started to get flakey; LAN side connection seems to disappear until I power cycle the box ... So, I bought another FVS and one of these ZyXEL 20w wired firewall, etc...

Some people are slow learners :) Look on fleaBay .. you can get a good 3745 for about a hundred dollars.

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Unread postby skywriter » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:03 pm

zmttoxics wrote:We miss you on IRC Sky, you should hang out and make the new guys feel bad again. :D

no, it freaked poor regan out too much. with my kickass studio, and observatory on the way, I really don't have anytime for sitting in front of the computer anymore.
zmttoxics wrote:I have a dual wan port ZyXEL at work were not using, aquired it with a batch of other stuff (peplinks and some ciscos). It was supposed to be really good and reliable, but its 5 years old now and doesn't do the new VDSL speeds and such (caps out at 10mb/s on a 25mb line). But other than being old, it ran linux with a pretty complex feature rich web interface and still worked. Must say something.

Never used a netgear firewall appliance, but I buy the prosafe managed gigabit switches pretty regularly. They do great for the cost.


I have a pro safe 24 port core switch and four of the prosafe 9 port leaf switches that work together for trunking and stuff. they're been great. The prosafe router works fine too, except after 3 years it hangs up every couple of weeks; anything can be capable of that kind of failure, and it's not worth trying to debug it other than for heat... so, I bought a 10/100 replacement instead if the 10/100/1000 since it's only a router for the cable modem and don't use the built-in 8 port switch. so it was cheaper. which I was shopping the ZeXEL looked interesting, so I"ll give it a try. Oh yeah and a 6 disk NETGEAR Riad box; it works GREAT.

@hamei, the last of my ebay crap left with the last dumpster. I've happily bought brand new modern gear that works just fine. I'm done idolizing the past for what it really was; just someone's job.
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby hamei » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:27 am

skywriter wrote:@hamei, the last of my ebay crap left with the last dumpster.

In that case, a quick call to your nearest Cisco reseller will get a you a shiny new 2800-series router by return post. No need to be concerned about some $20 piece of shit when you can buy the good stuff :P

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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby fu » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:24 am

sky, do you still have the zyxel or tossed it already?

i've found a kid in the support team that used to work for zyxel. want me to teleport any questions?

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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby robespierre » Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:09 pm

sounds kind of like a sonicwall, but hopefully better support and performance?

I use a mikrotik RB532 with RouterOS. doing everything from a command line gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, and I don't need fancy virus scanning etc.
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby skywriter » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:17 am

fu wrote:sky, do you still have the zyxel or tossed it already?

i've found a kid in the support team that used to work for zyxel. want me to teleport any questions?


Thx fu! I'm waiting for the working FW to fail again. then I'll decide what to swap it out with. since I moved it to the basement it's only failed once.
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby hamei » Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:27 pm

skywriter wrote: I'm waiting for the working FW to fail again. then I'll decide what to swap it out with.

China Telecom hands out ZyXel dsl modem-routers to their residential customers. If China Telecom gives it away free .... (mouths words "cheap junk" in background)

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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby sgtprobe » Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:52 am

hamei wrote: (mouths words "cheap junk" in background)


And right you are :lol:
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby skywriter » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:43 pm

I have enough 'feedback' thx.
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Re: ZyXEL firewall/routers

Unread postby hamei » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:21 am

skywriter wrote:I have enough 'feedback' thx.

Oh, we've moved beyond feedback. Now that we have Mr ZyXEL on the ground we're gonna give him a good kicking. "Take that, you useless piece of plastic crap ! and that ! and that ! Remember the time I had an important email to send but you wouldn't work ? Here's one for then, too !"

Ahhh. Feels good :D


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