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.

Wiresoft Firegate 100 Router

The Firegate 100 boasts simple design. The front console features only a branding label and power button.

Wiresoft Firegate 100 Rear View

The Wiresoft Firegate 100 utilizes a small desktop unit form factor. However, only the gigabit Ethernet and power ports utilized.

Firegate 100 Cooling Vents

The well-built chassis' top cover includes numerous vents to assist in cooling. The actual unit measures 11" wide x 7" deep x 2.25" tall. It weights approximately four pounds.

Firegate 100 Side View

The Firegate 100 feels bombproof. The unit's case is noticeably tough. The sides boast cooling fan-like rounded edges, as can be seen here.

Firegate Setup Wizard

When deploying the Firegate, this wizard initializes setup and configuration.

Firegate Setup

Administrators must specify primary and secondary DNS servers when first deploying the Firegate. The wizard provides this menu for specifying the DNS information.

System Overview Console

The Firegate System Overview console displays a brief dashboard view listing critical system information. System and memory usage and system uptime are among the statistics included.

WAN Configuration

The Firegate 100 supports static, DCHP, PPPoE and PPTP connections for the WAN interface. WAN settings are configured using this menu.

Service Administration

The Firegate 100's services are administered from webConfigurator pages such as this one used to configure the device's antivirus protections.

System Logs

The Firegate 100 logs numerous events and alerts, as can be seen here. These system events, errors and alerts can be used to track firewall and service activity, interface configuration and network activity.

Interface Status

The Firegate's webConfigurator lists the status of each active interface. Here the WAN interface (em0) is serviced by the device's LAN1 port, while the LAN2 port(em1) is powering the unit's connection to the LAN.

By Erik Eckel

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...