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Seeking Advice on Upgrading a Netscreen SSG Firewall

Last Modified: 2020-12-19

I am looking for advice on selecting a new hardware firewall for my home/office.  I have been using a Juniper Networks SSG5 for over 10 years.  It is configured with multiple zones (Work, Family, and Guest). My network is much simpler now than it was 10 years ago.  The number of users has also decreased to just 5 who are all family members.  Here are my desired specs for a new firewall:

1. Be easy to use/program with a GUI interface from my desktop using a current browser.  Bonus if there are easy to follow training videos available.
2. Have between 2 and 6 GbE ports for my network.  The SSG5 only has Fast Ethernet ports.  My ISP is providing me with download speeds of 400 Mbps, but this gets cut down to 95 Mbps by the SSG5.
3. Support multiple zones so I can configure a Work Zone (for a couple of desktops, a file server, and some peripherals) and a Family Zone for three personal use PCs for family members and in-home wifi.  I want to block all traffic between the Work and Family zones.
4. Be compatible with MoCA 2.5 which I use for two smart TVs in my home.  
5. Work with Wifi extenders and mesh routers - in particular Netgear Orbi WIFI router and satellites.
6. Have a max throughput/performance that is better than my SSG5.
7. Be compatible with Strong VPN (which I use).
8. Cost under $500.

In addition, I would like the firewall to come from a company with a proven track record and support IDS/IPS.  I am open to a firewall that provides the option for Unified Threat Management on a subscription basis (depending on cost).

I started looking into this and found a few candidates:
  • Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway (USG) $130
  • Zyxel UTM Firewall USGFLEX100 $220 hardware only
  • ZyXEL Next-Gen VPN Firewall USG20-VPN  $145
  • ZyXEL Next-Gen VPN Firewall with Wireless USG20W-VPN $170
  • Fortinet FortiGate 30E $270
Any thoughts on the above?

Thank you!!
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