Solved

Hardware firewall recommendations

Posted on 2011-02-25
4
430 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
My trusty Netgear FVS318 firewall died a peaceful death last night, and I'm in need of a new one for my small office/home office. I run 3 machines, with a wireless access point that manages a few other laptops as well, very low traffic (no video, some audio streaming occasionally). I don't want an integrated modem/firewall/WAP product, since I just upgraded my WAP and modem in the last 6 months. My main concern is safety over anything else, along with ease of installation and use.

I'm looking for recommendations of what I should use. Please don't post a list of links, or a Google search page or anything of that nature. I'd prefer recommendations from those who have acutal experience with a product.

The machines are all Windows 7 64 bit or Windows Server 2003 32 bit) or 2008 (32 bit), with quite a few vmWare virtual machines hosted on those platforms.
0
Comment
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 11

Accepted Solution

by:
Old User earned 250 total points
ID: 34978796
I would recommend a Watchguard x10e, they are very simple to configure and we have started replacing many of our small business clients PIX firewall with these devices or larger Watchguard devices.

You may also get Sonicwall as a suggested option in my experience these are overely complicated to configure
0
 
LVL 42

Assisted Solution

by:paulsolov
paulsolov earned 250 total points
ID: 34979448
The Watchguard is a decent SOHO unit, especially the UTM which includes everything including webblocker, spamblocker,etc..

I would also look at the Cisco 5505, it's a nice unit that supports the same OS as the bigger units. I would recommend this if you have a production envionment
0
 
LVL 84
ID: 34979973
What about the Cisco RVS4000, which is defined as a "security router"? It included the firewall, VPN, VLAN etc etc and seems to be a decent price point (~150 USD).
0
 
LVL 84
ID: 35046179
Thanks for your comments. I ended up with the RVS4000 and except for a conflict with ESET's firewall (which I cleared up through configuration settings in the ESET software firewall) it seems to do the job.
0

Featured Post

Active Directory Webinar

We all know we need to protect and secure our privileges, but where to start? Join Experts Exchange and ManageEngine on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:00 AM PDT to learn how to track and secure privileged users in Active Directory.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
ip igmp join-group 8 43
Need a "SonicWall" Replacement 12 41
IR 1023 Scanning 4 28
Network over eigrp 100 topology ? 3 17
#Citrix #Citrix Netscaler #HTTP Compression #Load Balance
I had an issue with InstallShield not being able to use Computer Browser service on Windows Server 2012. Here is the solution I found.
Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…
After creating this article (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/23699/Setup-Mikrotik-routers-with-OSPF.html), I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…

830 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