Hardware firewall suggestion?...
Posted on 2008-06-23
Does someone have a good suggestion for a firewall for me? I've been using a NetScreen 5XP, which has worked very well but is now outdated in the sense that my network has grown beyond 10 attached internet users. There was only a costly upgrade to unlimited, and even my NetScreen rep says that a new NetScreen would be overkill for my small office. Basically running about 8-15 computers at any given time, 6 statics and a network printer and network drive, then stop-in laptop users and temporary computer configuration units.
I'd like a solid firewall with fast throughput and the ability to protect 10-25 users, that fits my needs and budget ($500? moe if there's a case to be made). I have experience with the NetScreen (very complicated for me, but doable), the Watchguard Firebox, and Sonicwall.
Basically, I'll be happy if I can keep the same Quality of Service I've been getting with the NetScreen, but with a simpler interface and still be able to protect 10-15 users at a time...to surf the internet and send/receive emails, daily but not intense vpn connections to synchronize files (handled via microsoft RRAS, so only forwarding to the file server is necessary, not a vpn hardware box) and some remote pcAnywhere and gotomypc access, dhcp, and of course the main point a reliable sturdy firewall.
Thanks for your help on this.