TP-Link TL-R600VPN? Other VPN router suggestions?
New guy here, in search of some feedback/recommendations for a Gigabit VPN router for my home network. Price and on-paper capabilities have kind of drawn me to TP-Link’s new TL-R600VPN offering, but I have so far been totally unable to find any reviews or feedback on it or any of their other similar-class offerings. Does anybody have any input or feedback on this router, or TP-Link VPN routers in general? If I should consider something else instead, what would that be? Cisco? ZyXel?
I’d like to consider myself competent – I build my own machines, and I laid the CAT6 throughout the house for the current network and got it up and running on the basic Comcast Business Gateway, but I’m new advanced networking – I’ve never set up a VPN or anything more complex than a basic home network. So, please help set me straight here, but be gentle . . .
The network it will be install on will be a home/home office setup with between 7 – 10 machines, all served by a roll-your-own WHS2011 server. The network will be multiple use, serving simple home use, streaming video to multiple TV sets, and work needs for both myself (history teacher) and my wife (museum curator) involving large image editing, website work, and offsite access via the VPN I wish to set up. It needs to be Gigabit capable for both WAN and LAN, and I’d like at least 4 LAN ports. Right now the incoming service is is 12Mbps, but I plan on paying for an increase to 15 or 20. Capability to work with all the common VPN protocols is desirable – I don’t know enough yet to know which I need, and it would suck to end up needing, say, L2TP and then finding my router couldn’t do that. Please correct me though, if I’m wrong about this. Oh, and under $300 would be cool too, to pass the wife-approval-process :-)
Thank you in advance for the help – it is appreciated!