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SMC Barricade Plus Cable/DSL Broadband router Review

Introduction

SMC Barricade Plus Cable/DSL Broadband router
SummaryVPN version of popular Barricade router with SPI based firewall and PPTP / IPsec VPN endpoint, but no printserver or dialup WAN support.
Will probably do better with PPTP vs. IPsec-based VPNs
Update10/24/02 - Updates for 2.03e firmware features, including TZO Dynamic DNS, UPnP, PPTP WAN type, and "loopback" support.
Pros• Schedulable firewall rules & URL keyword blocking w/different time periods per day
• Supports 10 WAN IP addresses
• Supports PPTP & IPsec VPN endpoints
• Supports NetBIOS broadcast (MS Network browsing)
Cons• No Web traffic logging
• No inbound port range mapping
• 760kbps IPsec VPN performance
• Poor IPsec VPN setup logging

SMC's Barricade Plus is the only one of the current crop of inexpensive VPN endpoint routers to support both IPsec and PPTP tunnels. I found it to be similar to its non-VPN sibling the SMC7004VBR [reviewed here], but with a few idiosyncracies of its own...