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Firewall appliance - most cost-effective currently available?

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Which is the most cost-effective firewall appliance currently available...
Considerations includes:
1.) Cost 2.) Features...capabilities...support... 3.) Speed 4.) Additional functionalities (eg: anti-virus, IDS...)

Note: Needed to support at least a 3DES VPN tunnel.
Must be an appliance and not 'server-based' machine.
Thanks in advance
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personally, since you have cost as number 1 and speed as number 3.....I would go with the Netgear FVS318
lots of features....
Check the link.....
http://www.netgear.com/products/prod_details.php?prodID=129&view=
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hawgpig,
Additional information: For a corporation with a leased-line connecion to ISP (via Cisco routers)...;-)
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I would go for a cisco pix 506E Price is about 500 dollars including 10 VPN tunnels
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bloemkool1980,
Good product, thanks...worth considering...;-)
Have anyone heard of FortiNet FortiGate products...had anyone used them?...
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I never tried those less known flavours of firewalls.
I always used cisco pix and nokia. You could also try ofcourse a small nokia box named IP120
http://www.nokia.com/networks/product_catalog/pc_product_highlights/1,6929,,00.html?prod_id=NIC00016&path=mcat&mcat=34269&scat=38669
it is a bit more expensive
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Fortigate is good too - you get a lot of features for your money !
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bloemkool1980,
Cisco pix is popular...for nokia...er...it has alway been expensive.

tim,
That what i thought too... ;-)
I had evaluated certain models...Fortigate 60, 100, 200, 300.
Imho, it is better than the Symantec Gateway appliance...(had evaluated this product too).
Price-wise, I can purchase all 4 boxes for the price of a single Symantec Gateway appliance.
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SG is expensive indeed.
It is normal too because they started this type of box under the bluecoat.com proxy appliance but I think it is end of life now I suppose.
Well my preference is pix too the license is complete no hassle to set it up etc...
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I'll wait for some more comments before closing this q...soon i hope...;-)
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Going really cheap, you could try:

http://www.openbrick.org/

running IPCHAINS ??  ;)
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lol...Linux not Windows...but considered that too but managing it is kind of a hassle...for me...;-)
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IPtables would be good IPCHAINS would be bad as it does not support FULL NAT meaning inbound NAT is not working with IPCHAINS.
Videoconferencing gives problems with IPCHAINS though with iptables it works fine.
Another suggestion is netscreen.com
http://www.juniper.net/products/integrated/dsheet/ds_25_50.pdf

cheap and good!
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FortiNet FortiGate come from the same person who engineered the initial netscreen products...(if i can recall correctly)...thanks for the info on IPtables...though...;-)
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Ah did not know that :)
so we can mutual learn hehe :)
So many firewalls but no time to test al ofcourse.
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I say Cisco Pix for a hardware based solution with a decent GUI.
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Look at the Netgear FR114P.  Has basic firewalling built in, plus comes with bundled client AV software.  All for <$100.
You really are scraping the bottom of the barrel for features here, but for the home / SOHO environment, who really needs IDS and advanced firewall features anyway ??

http://www.firewallguide.com/

One step up

Netscreen 5GT plus has built in AV, but you're squeezing up to the $1000 mark, so the Fortigate boxes would be cheaper.

Swings and roundabouts !!!  Don't really know what else to add..
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I tried a few comparisons at dealtime - search for 'av firewall' and 'anti-virus firewall' and 'antivirus firewall' - not sure this link will come up, but try it anyway:

http://www.dealtime.com/xFS?GKW=av+firewall&ATV=&RST=PP-&LO=0&FN=Firewalls&KW=anti-virus+firewall&FD=96288&x=2&y=7
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Bottom-line: The FortiGate range of products  are hard to beat, with its features, ease of use, speed and cost.
I guess its ASICS chip and automatic signature updates for the AV, FW and IDS gives it an edge over popular brands of appliances... ;-)
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SMC Barricade 11G   Thats all.
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