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Recommendation on Firewall

I'm looking for some recommendations on firewalls. Currently we have a Watchguard x1250e and this thing sucks in terms of performance. Its got a lot more options that we really use as well. I'm looking for something with decent security features and good performance that isn't going to cost $10K.

Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.
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What are you looking for in terms of max connections? What is your current bandwidth going in and out?
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Currently I've got a network of 40 users which I expect to double in a years time. Right now bandwidth out of the building is 10Mbps which we'll probably be upping to 20 at some point in the future.

I'm hoping those are the answers you're looking for.
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Ccomley, could you explain why a user shouldn't go with Cisco? I am interested in your view as I have never heard that statement before.. I have found that the majority of major switching and router vendors use Cisco commands. I found it quite easy to move toward Cisco equipment.
Its horses for courses here guys.

Indeed most network devices will use an IOS "like" OS on them, so I dont think there is a decent argument not to go to Cisco unless you dont like them. :D

Personally, I prefer Check Point or Juniper cos I find it easier. :P  But I know I am not in the majority hehe.

HTH
Cisco is a steep learining curve.

If you *know* IOS it's fine - but I assume anyone who knows IOS would just go out and order a Cisco without asking in HERE, so this guy probably doesn't. (Even though PIX are NOT necessarily that good as firewalls, despite Cisco's undoubted mastery of routers and switches.)

So if you don't know IOS, then unless you have good reason to start learning it, many other firewalls are more acessable. And some of them are just plain better anyway! So - two reasons NOT to go with Cisco firewalls UNLESS you are already an IOS user.

And my *general* answer would be Sonicwall, coz they have a wide range of boxes from 10-user up to very high throughput "enterprise" level equipment, (all using the same standard interface) and have a wide range of deep packet inspection powerful toolsets as well as basic IP address and port level filtering, so can probably answer most people's needs.

if anyone has a *specific* requriement I asssume they'd mention it in their question and in that case I'd consider it in my reply.

All in all, though I'll stick with the breif version above for bandwidth reasons, I think you'll find my reasoning sound.
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Yeah, I'd like to stay away from Cisco. I appreciate the input fellas.