Maybe you've had a broadband connection for a while, and want to expand, or maybe you're just getting set up. Either way, you may find yourself wanting to hook a couple of computers together and share that cable modem or xDSL connection, but how will you share the single, dynamic IP address they gave you, and what about security?
Enter, the ZyXEL Prestige Series P310 WAN Router.
Dimension:267(W) x 178(D) x 37(H) mm Operating Environment Temperature: 0°-50°C Humidity:20% - 95% Storage Environment Temperature:-30°-60°C Power Requirement: 12VDC Weight: 717g Two Years Warranty
1 10Base-T Half-Duplex WAN port for Cable/xDSL modem connection 1 10/100M Full-Duplex auto sensing Ethernet port for Local Area Network
Cables/Connectors included: CAT 5 RJ-45 Straight through CAT 5 RJ-45 Crossover Serial Cable Serial adapter Power Cable
Status LEDs for: Power System LAN 10 LAN 100 WAN 10
The ZyXEL P310 is a unique router with a lot to offer, but has few quirks as well. It has the ability to allow you to share an internet connection over either xDSL or cable. It also has a built in hardware firewall, it can assign addresses for the devices on your network, and it can even allow multiple computers to be seen as coming from one place. And that...is just the beginning! All in all, the P310 has some powerful features, but because of that, does suffer from a potentially complex setup.
A quick look at some of the listed features.
IP routing support NAT/SUA NAT (PAT) Multimedia applications support (NetMeeting, CuSeeMe, Quake, ICQ, etc.) PPPoE and PPTP support RoadRunner Manager Toshiba Authentication DDNS Support
IP Protocol Support
PPP support IP Routing Protocol: TCP, UDP, ICMP, ARP and Proxy ARP IP Multicasting Transparent Bridging RIP-1, RIP-2
Network Management Support
Local and remote console management SNMP management support UNIX Syslog support (CLI) support Trivial File Transfer Protocol(TFTP)/FTP firmware upgrade and configuration backup and restore DHCP server/DHCP client support Built-in diagnostic and remote support tools