Looking for hardware based Content Security

I need to provide Content Protection - specifically anti-porn and would like to do this via a network appliance.

I have started looking at the SonicWall Security Manager 2100 CF - and that looks very promising - but not sure as to the price.

I would like to keep the price under $500


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pdxsrwAuthor Commented:
Ouch... just found pricing - the SonicWall is $2400  - way out of range for a small/medium business...

Surely someone out there is making a device that is under $1000
nprignanoTechnical ArchitectCommented:
i second that.  you won't find much in the way of content filtering in a firewall for under $1000, let alone $500.  but thats if you buy new.

if price is an issue, find the device you want and hunt the used market.  there are plenty of networking hardware resellers - you just have to know what you are looking for because they don't usually offer much product info.

here's one:

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Cisco Has an awesome leasing program just for this reason. Go with the ASA 5510. It has the best features of the bunch and the best tech support as well
Well, you can have it cheap, fast, or good.  Pick 2.  You've chosen the cheap - one choice left.

Here's the fast:  http://www.netnanny.com/

Here's good, (not fast):  http://dansguardian.org
pdxsrwAuthor Commented:
My thoughts were to have a two pronged approach:

1. The desktop Security suite (Computer Associates eTrust, or Trend Micro's PC-Cillin, or others ((McAfee, Norton, etcc.)) protects each PC from virus, spam, spyware, etc... but when it comes to content filtering, users can typically find a way to disable the software based filtering  - that really depends on how well each desktop system is locked down..but that's a 'whole nother discussion' ...

so step 2 is the hardware based content filter which sits out at the router level - whether a proxy (squid or WinProxy) or an appliance such as the Cisco ASA 5510 or Sonic Wall 2100 CP...

As mentioned - the issues are price for a small company, and speed... in a perfect world it would be fast enough to not impact the current surfing speeds and an affordable solution +/- $500

So what about running squid or winproxy or similar and putting that on a PIII or older P4 system - which can be had for less then $400 ... wondering as to speed issues and impact on email, etc...

- pdxsrw
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