This week the DSR-250 was included in “REVIEW: Best VPN Routers for Small Business” on Network World. In addition to D-Link, contributor Eric Geier tested Cisco, DrayTek, Linksys, Netgear and UTT Technologies VPN routers. Eric was impressed with the DSR-250’s variety of VPN options, USB file and printer sharing, and dynamic web content filtering.

Highlights include:

  • “When choosing a VPN router, you want to pick one that supports the VPN protocol of your choice… If you’re looking for a wide variety of VPN options, consider D-Link.”
  • “This D-Link model supports six VPN types. It supports up to 25 simultaneous site-to-site or client-to-site IPSec connections with a max throughput of around 50Mbps.”
  • “On the front of the unit, you’ll find a USB 2.0 port for 3G Internet failover, file or printer sharing, or maintenance usage. Plus there are eight Gigabit switch ports, a Gigabit WAN port, and an Ethernet port for console access.”
  • “In addition to the typical VPN router features, this unit supports Intel AMT to enable the management of computers when powered off or when lacking a hard drive or OS. It also supports dynamic web content filtering, but requires purchasing a subscription at approximately $60 per year.”

Eric’s overall analysis was positive, concluding: “Overall, this D-Link unit is a feature-rich router. It supports a wide variety of VPN options, offers USB file and printer sharing, and supports dynamic web content filtering. Our gripe about the GUI is minor.”

One of the drawback’s he pointed out was the lack of a second WAN port.  For users that require this feature, we recommend the DSR-250’s big brother, the DSR-500.

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