Best Wireless Firewall solution for small/medium business

Posted on 2006-04-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
I'm setting up an office with a wireless network.  The number of users will be in the 25 range at first, but could grow to 50-75 in the future, all wireless.  What's the best wireless firewall product to handle this many users?  I've researched the SonicWALL TZ 170 SP and I've used sonicwall in the past for wired networks, but I've never had to setup a network that's only going to be wireless.  Any suggestions and/or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:jmedeiros21
    LVL 8

    Expert Comment

    the best is the one you can configure most effectively.
    enabling mac based access list is a good function for your WLAN so anyone providing this feature is more than enough to prevent the outsiders. While other access  controls are of less importance here.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the response!  I'm looking for some experiences with certain products.  I could potentially have 75 people using this wireless network, so I'm looking for anyone that's had experience with this many users and what's a good firewall to handle it.  
    LVL 13

    Expert Comment

    by:Nick Denny
    Consider this: wireless lans are no different to wired lans where firewalls are concerned - they simply do not have wires.
    i.e. Focus your firewall security "around" your wireless lan, not within it.

    Clearly its easier to jump onto a wireless network than a wired however (just saves someone having to come into your building and plugging in to the wires).

    In terms of wireless security, as arkoak says, enable MAC address filtering (although a network savvy hacker can easily by-pass this) and additionaly enable WPA security at the minimum. Use WPA-PSK (pre shared key) and NOT WPA-OPEN.

    XP-SP1 and older OS dont have capability for WPA I dont think, but MS has a fix to update if you cant add SP-2.

    Author Comment

    I will take the security info into consideration when setting things up.  What I'm really looking for is specific examples, if anyone has any, of products they've used in a similar situation, whether the product worked well or not.  Should I go with the Sonicwall or a watchguard wireless firewall, or will I be fine just going with one of netgear's that'll come much cheaper?  From what I know, I'm thinking the Sonicwall will provide better security.

    LVL 9

    Accepted Solution

    Now when you say support this many users do you mean they will login to the FW or authenticate with it? Or are they just going to be behind it?

    If there just behind it I would recommend the 5GT basic wireless, if they are going to be authenticating to it, you will need the unlimited.

    Ref these

    Author Comment

    The are going to be behind it and my concern is having that many PCs in a wireless environment.  Will that many PCs affect performance?  There will also be a server behind it and all the PCs will have to connect to that, so I want to ensure that there's no downtime due to the wireless.  So, I was looking for suggestions for the best wireless firewalls, so good for security and does a good job with the wireless signal.  Thanks for the suggestions!!

    Featured Post

    How to run any project with ease

    Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
    - Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
    - View and edit from mobile/offline
    - Cut down on emails

    Join & Write a Comment

    Some time ago I was asked to set up a web portal PC to put at our entrance. When customers arrive, they could see a webpage 'promoting' our company. So I tried to set up a windows 7 PC as a kiosk PC.......... I will spare you all the annoyances I…
    This is an article about my experiences with remote access to my clients (so that I may serve them) and eventually to my home office system via Radmin Remote Control. I have been using remote access for over 10 years and have been improving my metho…
    Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.
    This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…

    733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    23 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now