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Hi,
I inherited a small business network with a VPN between two locations. One location accesses a server at the main location over the VPN. The VPN is handled by two SonicWall TZ 170 firewall / routers, one at each location.

We are having periodic connection issues, not just the VPN but the internet in general and the local network, at the branch location. I have narrowed down the SonicWall device as the probable source of the problem. After verifying it has the latest available firmware already installed, I am considering simply replacing it since, as far as I can determine, it is at least 7 years old.

I have no experience with SonicWall, since I have always used basic consumer grade router / firewall devices from the local computer store, TP-Link, Netgear, etc. I am looking the the current TZ series of devices for a replacement, and just wanted to ask for suggestions on any other comparable brands anyone might recommend I consider for a replacement. Thanks.
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Cisco has many products that could do the job.  Check out the following links:

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/solutions/small_business/products/security/ISA500/index.html

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/solutions/small_business/products/security/SA_500/index.html

Look for a model that has the performance and options you need for your VPN.  Their prices are fairly reasonable for their small business products.

David
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Hi westone,

Yes, you are correct the TZ 170 is now EOL (End of Life) and has been for some time. I'd highly recommend upgrading to TZ 105's in both locations - they will far outperform what is currently there and give you a plethora of security & functional features that just didn't exist when TZ 170's were manufactured. I

Here is the TZ 105: http://www.sonicwall.com/us/en/products/TZ-105.html

SonicWALL has really stepped up their game big time with their Gen 5 releases - there is nothing comparable regarding throughput, NGFW features & price IMO.

With Cisco there is a learning curve involved, SonicWALLs are straightforward and easy to use.

Let me know if you have any more questions!
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Thanks for the input. We are ordering two TZ 105s today. The Ciscos would be fine as well, but I am unfamiliar with Cisco and there would be a learning curve. Judging from the TZ 170s we have, the interface is easy to figure out with my experience with off the shelf routers.
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Thanks for the points...glad I could help!
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