Hotbrick went wide open!!

Discussion in 'Backup and Security' started by maxpi, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. maxpi

    maxpi

    I have a Hotbrick hardware firewall for the trading machine... I whitelist it, only a few url's are open to the computer and all others are blocked.. I have the home page on the browser set to something that should be blocked. This morning I open the browser to manage the whitelist and discover that I can access the whole, wide www world! I checked the Hotbrick, it should be whitelisting, I try blacklisting and it's still open to the whole wide www world... I had to do the physical reset with the reset button on the Hotbrick and reenter the whitelist to get it working again... whether it got hacked or a power glitch just messed it up, I don't know.. but I don't like it..... the other choices are SonicWall and Cisco I guess... I hate Cisco, if you aren't a PhD in computer science you can't even navigate their website let alone set up the firewall.. maybe Sonic is better?
     
  2. ehorn

    ehorn

    This thread is old I see, but I just picked up Netgear's SRX5308 and I gotta say - it is the bomb!

    Tons of Firewall features and easy to configure/use
    Load balancing
    Failover protection
    Quad WAN - 924 Mbps WAN-LAN throughput
    Gigabit LAN

    I am only running 2 of the 4 WAN ports. I picked up 2 Motorola SB6120 modems and have 1 to Comcast and 1 to Wide Open West. More bandwidth than I need but the failover will be nice.

    The Router is easy to configure, has a very nice feature set, low latency and incredible throughput!

    Here is a review:

    NETGEAR ProSafe SRX5308 Gigabit Quad WAN SSL VPN Firewall
     
  3. maxpi

    maxpi

    Hotbrick company went belly up last year too...
     
  4. The Xincom DPG502 and HotBrick...
    Are EXACTLY the same router made in the same factory...
    But marketed by 2 different companies.

    I used the HotBrick for 2 years (it was tricky, but OK)...
    But now I use the PepLink Balance 30..
    It's BY FAR the best router I've ever owned.

    http://www.peplink.com/balance/
     
  5. maxpi

    maxpi

    Is the setup easier/intuitive compared to Hotbrick? It whitelists?
     
  6. It's ** much better designed ** than the Hotbrick...
    I simply do not have to worry about it...
    Every issue has been easily resolved...
    And when a WAN goes down... I don't even notice.

    In terms of security...
    I don't do much at the router level...
    But I'm sure you can download the documentation.
     
  7. thanks DeeDeeTwo for your PepLink Balance recommendation

    you said: "And when a WAN goes down... I don't even notice." - if you lose an ISP
    feed, doesn't it cause your charting/order entry software to re-start ?
     
  8. I trade spread over 3 PCs...
    On a Windows XP network...
    So I'm running 2 TWS platforms with API...
    Quote data from Thomson Reuters...
    And about 50,000 lines of proprietary Algo Systems...
    And sending 2,000 order/day = 5/minute...
    Over 2 broadband (one cable, one DSL) thru Peplink 30...
    And when one of the broadband goes down for a few minutes...
    The Peplink fails over...
    And I do not even notice.

    During the Financial Crisis...
    My system up time >>> IB system up time.

    Peplink rocks...
    They are in it for the long haul...
    And make most of their revenue from enterprise > $1,000 routers...
    So all that quality trickles down to the $300 retail multi-WAN.
     
  9. do you still like your peplink 30?
     
    #10     Jan 23, 2011