Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch/VPN Endpoint
Manufacturer: Cisco Part number: BEFSX41
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CNET editors' review
price range: $89.00
- Reviewed by: Xiao Ming Wu
- Reviewed on: 06/17/2004
- Released on: 06/01/2003
The good: Can support two VPN tunnels; cheap.
The bad: Lacks AppleTalk support; lacks VPN client software.
The bottom line: The BEFSX41 is an affordable solution for those who need secure access to their home or office network via the Internet.
Easy to Use, better than fair Quality
Summary: I have had 3 products from linksys, a 4 port switch, a router and now a wireless -g router. Its all been good, until I pluged in the wrong power ...
Summary: I have had 3 products from linksys, a 4 port switch, a router and now a wireless -g router. Its all been good, until I pluged in the wrong power supply to the switch. It fried but it was my fault. These are good products.
Looked good. Didn't perform.
Summary: The reviews looked good, and the features are great, but the router doesn't perform. Installation was easy, but once I got it up and running, the router reduced my ...
Summary: The reviews looked good, and the features are great, but the router doesn't perform. Installation was easy, but once I got it up and running, the router reduced my 10Mbit ADSL connection to less than the speed of a decent dialup. Tech Support was of almost no help, telling me to replace the Firmware with an *OLDER* version (it came with 1.44.3). Still no joy after the "downgrade". And a subsequent call to Tech Support yielded the old "shutdown everything and reboot" response. They must be employing former Microsoft support people. Back to the store it goes. For those readers who like stats: Host=Win2K Server, WAN Connection Type=PPPoe, Final Firmware version of Router=1.44.
This device ROCKS
Summary: Setup was so simple I was amazed. Very easy to configure. I have the model that includes VPN and it is extremly flexible. Employer asked me to test one.... I ...
Summary: Setup was so simple I was amazed. Very easy to configure. I have the model that includes VPN and it is extremly flexible. Employer asked me to test one.... I liked it, but then employer needed it back, so found one in Best Buy and snatched it up!
Easy & Fast
Summary: Thanks to the setup CD that comes with the router, getting on line with this router between you and all the evil doers out there is extreemly easy. Easy as ...
Summary: Thanks to the setup CD that comes with the router, getting on line with this router between you and all the evil doers out there is extreemly easy. Easy as in, all you do is run the CD, and the liittle program makes all the settings for you. And it really is a very effective firewall. I'm glad I bought it.
if you use AIM, dont buy it.
Pros: owned by cisco, but lacking the quality.
Cons: AOL instant messenger connection dies every ~15 minutes. sometimes it doesn't even reconnect properly. you may think you are online by seeing your buddies online, but you're not actually connected to AIM. can't change TCP timeouts. it plain sucks.
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- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Part number: BEFSX41
- Description: The Linksys Instant Broadband EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch/VPN Endpoint is the perfect solution for connecting a small group of PCs to a high-speed broadband Internet connection or a 10/100 Ethernet backbone. The Router can be configured to limit internal users' Internet access based on URLs and/or time periods - URL filtering and time filtering. For enhanced protection against intruders from the Internet, the Router features an advanced Stateful Packet Inspection firewall. Use the Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch/VPN Endpoint to create IPSec VPN tunnels, so you can securely connect to the corporate server from your home office - or any location when you're on the road. The Router provides a dedicated port for DMZ hosting and acts as the only externally recognized Internet gateway on your local area network (LAN). With the performance and security features of the Cable/DSL Firewall Router with 4-Port Switch/VPN Endpoint, your network will take advantage of the Internet while keeping its data secure.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Router
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Compatible Slots None
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Data Transfer Rate 100 Mbps
- Built-in Devices LED panel
- Remote Management Protocol SNMP 2,
- Encryption Algorithm DES,
- Features VPN support ,
Full duplex capability ,
Firewall protection ,
DMZ port ,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.3u , FCC Class B certified,
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 - 4,
1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 - 1
- Expansion Slots None
- Expansion Bays None
- Expansion Slot(s) Total (Free) None
- Expansion Bay(s) Total (Free) None
- Port(s) Total (Free) / Connector Type 4 4 Installed Network node Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX:RJ-45 Female 4,
1 1 Installed Network Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX:RJ-45 Female 1
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Networking type Router
- Switching protocol [Jan 21, 2011 from CDS: Networking] Ethernet
- Network / Transport Protocol PPTP ,
- Communication mode [Jan 21, 2011 from CDS: Networking] Full-duplex,
- Status Indicators Test mode,
Port duplex mode
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.3u ,
- Power Device Power adapter
- Power Supply / Device Power adapter
- Voltage Provided 12 V
- Miscellaneous compliant standards FCC Class B certified
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- Modem Type None
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Expansion / Port(s) Required
- Slot(s) Required None
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 7.3 in
- Depth 6.1 in
- Height 1.9 in
- Weight 0.9 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 85%
- Service / Support Details Limited warranty 1 year