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We are setting up a backup web server (Windows 2000 web server with IIS) in a data center so we can implement a failover service. Can you guys recommend some low priced hardware firwalls from Linksys or other companies that work well. We will spend more money if we have to. I have heard about Cisco Pix firwall. I think all I need it for is to close all the ports except port 80 and 21. I would appreciate any thoughts and your experiences in this area.
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by:zakali
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See the description below. What is 10 connections? Does that mean 10 connections through the IIS?

Cisco PIX Firewall - 501
REFURB PIX-501-BUN-K9 275
TT Part #: 943471
Item Description: Cisco PIX Firewall 501 - Firewall - 5 ports - 10 Connections - EN, Fast EN - refurbished
Item Status Description: Active
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by:JConchie
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Sonicwalls....reliable, good value.
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by:lrmoore
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10 connections in that context most likely refers to 10 VPN connection peers at any one time.
There is a model with 10 user license, but that supports up to ten concurrent source IP addresses from your internal network to traverse through the PIX 501.
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by:oldhamuk
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For a little extra you could consider the PIX 506e I have just install one for a customer. Although the PIX 501 is an excellent device it may not hold up if you have a heavly hit website and the 506e also comes with unlimited license as default.

I would also go with a Cisco PIX as first choice then either a Nokia or Netscreen but Nokia firewalls are very expensive and once you purchase the hardware you will need to purchase a CheckPoint license.

Any more question let me know.
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by:lrmoore
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How's it going? Have you found a solution? Do you need more information?
Can you close this question?

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs5

Thanks for attending to this long-forgotten question.

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by:zakali
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Thanks for the reminder. Sorry I didn't realize it was still open. What do you think about SonicWall TZ series?
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by:lrmoore
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I don't have any direct experience with them, but I think they run a linux kernel at the heart..
Sonic (Juniper now) web site/tech support leaves MUCH to be desired.
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by:JConchie
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I do have a lot of experience with them and think fairly highly of them.

Irmoore.....What does "(Juniper now)" mean....
......Sonicwall is still Sonicwall.........website is fairly good, I think....tech support is average....first line is
sometimes knowledgeable, sometimes not.....but they bump you up to second line pretty quickly....and they are good.

Biggest plus for Sonicwall is the management gui....it's very user-friendly.....yet the control is very granular.....you can lock things down in
just the way you want without a lot of fuss.

Other plus is a very solid VPN....including a good, easily configured and maintained software VPN client for home user/road warrior access.
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by:lrmoore
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D'oh! I confused Sonicwall with Netscreen. Netscreen is now Juniper, NOT Sonicwall.
My sincere apologies for any confusion that may have caused anyone....

Like I said, no direct experience with them.... I'll go away now....

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by:zakali
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JConchie, Thanks for your comments. I am sorry I can't award you any points (but I wish I could) because I already closed the question but I do appreciate it.

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You can always post a link to this question in commnity support and ask to have the points split, if you feel my comments were of use ;-)
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