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Old January 22, 2012, 10:28 PM
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I'm not sure how much it would differ compared to a modern-day consumer router, but I guess it depends on what you plan to use it for.

The Alpha Shield definitely doesn't do anything more than a basic router that you could buy at Future Shop would do. It has NAT and SPI which any consumer model router of 2011/2012 will have.

The Cisco does provide you with VPN capabilities which most consumer routers don't have by default, but if you get a model that runs Tomato or DD-WRT, running OpenVPN is quite easy.

Honestly, I wouldn't bother with either. If you HAD to chose, go with the Cisco although it will take some Cisco knowledge to configure properly. It's definitely not a beginners device.
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