Internet Firewalls: Hardware
Here are a list of just some routers for your choice. Not everyone does the same things, but they all do provide you a small network in your own house (or office). Just like having your own small Internet!
Macsense Xrouter MIH-130 Pro: An advanced router for people who do know how a network works. Setup might be a little confusing for some, but with the advanced options, you will be a pro. 3.5 / 5
Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router: The most popular router out there. Best bang for the buck, with the easiest setup of any. It's fast, easy to use, and looks nice too. Only real downside is the continuing release of new firmware that addresses a lot of issues that were never fixed before. But this isn't bad at all. This shows support from the company that it wants to improve it
a little too late though. Not recommended for use on a ADSL PPPOE connection. Be advised. 4.5 / 5
Asante FriendlyNet 10/100 DSL/Cable Router: Remote administration is one big plus for this router. The setup process might be a little tricky, but this router will not let you down. 3.5 / 5
Umax Ugate 3000 Internet Sharing Hub: This little hub is useful for those small networks that needs to be routed into another network. The Umax Ugate lets you have static ip configuration on your network, allowing you to setup computers painless. 3 / 5
Here are some security scan results done on all four routers:
Linksys - UDP: 67, 69 Open, TCP: All filtered, Address ping: unpingable
Ugate - UDP: 67, 69 Open, TCP: All filtered, Address ping: unpingable
Want simply the fastest of all these four routers? Then go with the linksys! It is fast for LAN to LAN transfers, and still is not the slowest for WAN to LAN transfers either.