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D-Link DFL-300 Office Firewall or WatchGuard Pro 100 ?

Just was wondering if anyone has had experience using either product.  They kind of look the same and have very similar features "makes one wonder".  But, the price difference is huge.  The D-Link DFL-300 is $300 vs. the SonicWall Pro 100 at $1,300.

The issue at hand is I’m setting up a Windows Server 2003 server running IIS6/ASP and 1 networked workstation for development of the website.  I would like to have the protected DMZ if possible and complete protection of the development station.  I have 3 static IP's and running a DNS/Mysql/web hosting on the server and windows XP for the development.  I have never setup a firewall (being a software only developer), and could use some insight on how to go about setting up the hosting server.

I already have been hacked with a Trojan Backdoor.Afcore.AI, and need to protect the server a bit more.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!

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MaxPalmaAuthor Commented:
Sorry, the question should read SonicWall PRO 100 not WatchGuard.. =)
Hi Max,

A couple of things to help in your quest.

- A DMZ stands for demilitarized zone, this area is not protected by your firewall.

- if you are only running one server that will be accessable to the public, then either will be ok.

- I would assume that with the more expensive model, you get more customizeablilty (is that even a word?), as in pointing each of your three IP's to specific computers behind the netowrk by using one to on NAT for example.

After you decide on how many servers need to access the public (one from what I am reading) and find out how many you may want to access the internet in the future, you can make the decision on the firewall.

If you go with the one server and the D-Link for example, you will need to open up ports on the firewall that host the services you are running on your network.

For example, a webserver would need port 80 open to allow the public to access it.

This should help get you pointed in the right direction..

Good luck,

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