After reading countless stories of poor SOHO router security, I went looking for a router that got regular firmware updates and came across the site routersecurity.org. The site author recommends the Peplink Surf SOHO as the best bet for a regular home user interested in security.
His write-up mentions “expect to pay for firmware”, though, and I’m new to that way of thinking. (i’m just wanting to purchase a single router for home and make it secure indefinitely with routine security updates, but I get that Peplink largely serves corporate clients or businesses, and it might make sense for fleets of routers.) anyway, i decided to post my question here rather than bother Peplink sales staff.
So, a couple of n00b questions:
if i purchase a single Surf SOHO router for home use, can i still get firmware / security updates if i download these manually from peplink’s support page? Or do I need to pay for any update? If it is free, for how long? Life of the router? If not, how would i go about making payments, and how much will they cost for a lone router?
I typically connect to a commercial VPN service through client software or a terminal on my pc (i.e., i don’t try to set the VPN connection in the router itself to cover all my devices). i read elsewhere that peplink routers aren’t compatible with OpenVPN (which my client software is based on). does this mean only that i couldn’t install openVPN software in a peplink router directly (which i’m fine with), or does it mean that i couldn’t even expect to connect to VPN servers elsewhere with a peplink router between my pc and those servers?
As you can see, when i say “n00b” i mean it!