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:

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
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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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