Review: Wiresoft Firegate 100 Series firewall

Small businesses that require a unified threat management solution will find serious capacity packed inside the Firegate 100 Series firewall.

Small businesses that require a unified threat management (UTM) solution, without the hassles of per-seat or per-node licensing, will find serious capacity packed inside the Firegate 100 Series firewall. Add votes of confidence from the Proteus|OCM Penetration Testing Team and Tolly Group, and you have a single device that can manage an SMBs' complete security needs, including firewall, SSL VPN, antivirus, antispam, and content filtering.


  • Max Recommended Nodes: 100
  • Throughput: 380MB/s
  • VPN Throughput: 30MB/s
  • Licensed Nodes: Unlimited
  • Concurrent Connections: 10,000
  • Interfaces: 3Gb/Ethernet
  • Dimensions: 11" Wide x 7" Deep x 2.25" Tall, 4 lbs
  • Price: $1,895 (includes one year ANA subscription and one year hardware warranty)
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Who's it for?

The Wiresoft Firegate 100 Series firewall provides an all-in-one security solution for small and medium size businesses. Target markets include organizations that are growing and don't wish to keep adding or tracking node licenses, as well as entities that may not possess internal IT staff.

What problem does it solve?

A UTM device, the Firegate 100 packs numerous solutions into a single box. In addition to providing robust firewall services, the Firegate 100 fulfills content and spam filtering responsibilities, provides gateway antivirus security and empowers SSL VPN connections. Further, the firewall supports up to 100 users, 10,000 concurrent connections and automatic WAN failover. Updates are received and installed automatically as they're released, and reports are logged continuously, thereby minimizing administration requirements.

Standout features

  • Automated Network Administrator: The Firegate's Automated Network Administrator (ANA) minimizes administrative responsibilities. ANA continuously analyzes incoming and outgoing traffic and logs network events. Using proprietary "adaptive intelligence," the Firegate's ANA also performs preventive maintenance tasks, ensuring updates are automatically downloaded and installed as they are made available.
  • Unlimited Licensing: Many firewall models require licensing services according to the number of network nodes in use. Such licensing models can prove inconvenient (and costly), especially within growing organizations. I've seen VoIP handset deployments, for example, instantly exceed supported node counts on competing router models, resulting in the loss of Internet connectivity site wide until the licensing situation was corrected. That problem doesn't exist with the Firegate 100, as the unit features unlimited user licenses and unlimited VPN tunnels, as well as support for up to 10,000 concurrent connections.
  • Wide Security Support: The Firegate 100 possesses considerable SSL VPN and encryption support to ensure remote communications remain secure. Supported encryption algorithms include DES, 3DES, Blowfish, CAST128. 128-bit AES and 256-bit AES. Supported authentication algorithms include MD5 and SHA-1. The device also supports IKE, PPTP, NTP, RIP, DDNS and PPPoE. As a result of its secure architecture, the device is HIPAA, CIPA, PCI and GLBA compliant.

What's wrong?

  • Gateway service subscription required: Smaller organizations seeking simple firewall services may wish to consider alternative devices. The Firegate is designed to protect organizations from a wide variety of threats, including malicious traffic, spam, viruses, spyware, and inappropriate Web use. The expense for these subscription services is included within the firewall's purchase or lease price and cannot be separated. Regardless, organizations seeking a single UTM device to protect against multiple threats will find the pricing model competitive, especially when factoring TCO over three-year periods.
  • No wireless: The Firegate 100 does not include wireless LAN support. Organizations needing to secure WLANs will need to purchase separate wireless access points, which can be joined to the Firegate using one of the UTM device's three gigabit Ethernet ports.

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Bottom line for business

Small and medium-size organizations seeking a single device to protect against multiple threats should give the Firegate 100 a look. The firewall eliminates node, VPN tunnel and user license headaches, while delivering protection against the most common threats: malicious traffic, inappropriate Web use, viruses, spyware and spam.

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