hardware firewall


i would like to have some firewall that could act as a defence in between modem and server

say my dsl modem is giving me a fix IP say which this will be set to the win server (coz some of the software need this server to be directly conncted to host not forwarding). I dont need a router, only the server will be connected to outside world

Modem ---->hardware firewall---->win Server( !

is there something like that, i was told that cisco pix can do that but i'm no cisco  guy, please advice

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tim1731Connect With a Mentor Commented:

1.Netscreen good around easier to use then a pix off ebay for around £40
2.Draytek modem/firewall can even use windows vpn client
mahe2000Connect With a Mentor Commented:
buy a cisco pix 501... that's the better solution.... a net screen can be a good alternative.
He stated he isnt a cisco person so PIX or ASA isnt it, PIX isnt a better firewall than Netscreen model for model they both have their pros and Cons, but for ease of use for the average person Netscreen wins hands down.

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lrmooreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>some of the software need this server to be directly conncted to host not forwarding
Does this mean that you can't use NAT to selectively port-forward traffic, or can you use a one-to-one NAT whole IP address?

The Cisco ASA5500 can work in either a Layer2 "drop in" mode as an inline filter with public IP still assigned to the server, or it can serve in a routed mode with private IP on the server, public IP on the ASA and do either 1-1 static nat or port forwarding. The ASDM Graphical User Interface is very easy to navigate, has several wizards, and you don't need a degree in Cisco command line.
and the price for the Cisco is  http://gryphonit.securewebstore.co.uk/INU_products/INU_ProdDetailsL2.ASP?ref=09087674

Pricing for the Netscreen is http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpresentation/index.php?product_id=NSNNK103&cm_mmc=Froogle-_-NK-_-NSN-_-NSNNK103&src=FRO1

Both do transparent mode,both have wizards, agree that on the ASA5500 the GUI is miles better than is was but it still isnt worth 3 times as much as a Netscreen.

+ Support and maintenance costs are more, they are other options apart from Cisco

Routers firewalls=Juniper
SSL VPN =Sonicwall,Neoteris now Juniper
Wireless = Aruba Networks

I can't argue that there are many options, but the List price for Cisco ASA5505-50-K9 bundle is only $895 USD. Street prices around $650-700. Fully featured, 50 user license. Extended support contract is $100/year

I specialize in Cisco products and PIX/ASA, so my hands-on experience with other products is very limited. Therefore, I can't argue the merits of other products, so I welcome Tim's experience.

You  just have to go with what makes you-the end user- comfortable with the price you pay, the product itself, the service you get, and your own skill sets and comfort level with new technologies.

Hi Irmore,

In the UK it hard to get Cisco kit at anything like that price unless your a Cisco Silver partner but I will agree that their are times when Cisco is best (IE if using the Cisco Telephony) and the ASA is much more user friendy now.

The point I was trying to make was there is life outside of Cisco (They do make nice phones though)


prueconsultingConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Sonicwall makes a nice "user friendly" product as well for the non engineer types.. although i prefer the cisco product offerings if budget allows
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