Slightly off topic but this might be of interest to some of you. Bear with me…
You could do the following:
Get yourself a dumb cable modem (I use a Vigor 130, I’m in the UK), you then have the option of installing anything downstream…
The market is going next generation firewall (NGFW). Like everything else this often relies on a subscription. Personally I use a checkpoint appliance (730) and it’s bullet proof, the ability to protect the entire family both from an outbound and inbound perspective is of great interest to me. The firewall is excellent, it has VPN and I’ve not found anything that makes me want to moan about it. Okay, apart from the price, it’s uber expensive and requires a subscription for a router but then it is aimed at the SOHO market. For that I get all manner of protection and it gets updated in the same way a corporate intrusion protection system would. It’s saved the mother in law from credit card/phishing emails numerous times and provides peace of mind. Can’t rave enough about it. Anyway I digress. Final point, I use the CheckPoint because it came to me free with a 3 year subscription.
If I wasn’t using the Checkpoint I’d be using this (and probably will be in the future):
It’s a completely free version of Sophos’ NGFW. It does what the Checkpoint does, did I mention it’s free?
Here’s the caveat. You install it on your own hardware. Any x86 host or a VM that has 2 interfaces. Plenty of info at the link above.
I’m also pretty sure you can put a wireless card in to give you WiFi if you want.
So, if you fancy a break from ST then you might want to tinker with this. It’s not for everyone but it you want something more than a DDWRT or a basic router it might be for you.