We are considering purchasing an 1811. I have two questions that I haven't been able to answer from the documentation, if one of the experts monitoring this newsgroup know the answers, I'd appreciate it.
First, The 1811 has two WAN ports. The marketing collateral describes load sharing and failover as the purposes for the WAN ports - can both WAN ports be active simultaneously, particularly if we have each WAN port connected to its own dedicated static IP DSL modem/bridge? Will the router ensure a given connection-oriented stream always use the same WAN port? Particularly if we're having the 1811 NAT the outbound traffic?
Or can the redundant WAN ports be only used for failover if one fails?
Second, the 1811 has an 8-port switch. From the documentation, it appears that the ports can be assigned IP addresses. If I turn on ip routing in the1811, can I connect different subnets to appropriately configured switch ports and have the 1811 do the layer 3 routing between the subnets (while routing everything else out the WAN ports)?