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Small Business Firewall - Which one ?

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I want a firewall solution for a small business of 20 Users to connect via ADSL Broadband. I have narrowed the choice to Cisco PIX 501 or Netscreen 5GT ADSL. I would like advice on which would be the best choice in terms of value for money, standard features and ease of configuration.
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I would personally opt for the PIX 501 - bearing in mind that the PIX 501 is a firewall and will require a seperate adsl router to connect to adsl.  The Netscreen 5GT is an "all in one" device featuring firewalling and ADSL connectivity.  People tend to be scared off from using Cisco because of the command line interface but the advent of PDM (the web interface),this is becoming a thing of the past.  
PIX has 4 ethernet ports - Netscreen has 5.

I have not used this particular Netscreen but have nothing bad to say about the rest of their prodcut range.  The reason I would go with Cisco is because of the ease of finding support on same.  You can find an answer to virtually every question you might have re Cisco because they are so widely deployed - just post EE!

That said, I would compare pricing as this may be a governing issue:

Netscreen:
http://www.juniper.net/products/integrated/ns_5series.html

PIX 501
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/vpndevc/ps2030/products_data_sheet09186a0080091b18.html

Along with a DSL router - e.g a Cisco 837
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps380/ps4874/index.html
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Thank you for the information.

I was swaying the direction of the Cisco anyway and wanted this decision confirmed. Do I need to go with such an expensive router ? It only needs to bridge the ADSL to the external port on the PIX doesn't it ?

I was going to get this http://www.solwise.co.uk/adsl-billion-5100s.htm
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The above router looks fine - I just gave the Cisco solution to illustrate what kind of router was needed.  Theres nothing to a DSL router - the PIX is the most important part of this solution as its protecting your internal network.  Plus, having VPN support is a great advantage.

good luck
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