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Hardware firewall

By jhayesit ·
hi i am doing research for a small firewall that can block and do NATing for a small business. The netwok is only about 15 computers so a high end firewall like pix, or checkpoint is too much money. Does anyone know or had experience with a hardware firewall that they can recommed to me, the price range is less than $1000.


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by CG IT In reply to Hardware firewall

Symantec's gateway security firewall appliance. Costs about $600 USD. Comes with 1 WAN 4 LAN and can handle up to 50 nodes. There is the VPN 100 for about $500 USD but that's just a big router if you ask me, AND a consumer level router can handle more hosts that this puppy.

You could go with a Linksys BEF series wired routers which with a firmware update has real configurability. You can block by service/block by time/block by MAC address/ has a built in firewall, port fowarding, block PPTP pass through, block WAN ping, Active X & Java packet blocking. About $60.00 + - $10.00 USD. <<<<< I would go with it for a SOHO.

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by CG IT In reply to

you COULD opt for the trial ware version of Microsoft's ISA server 2004. Good for about 180 days and is really good. Free download or a $10.00 charge for a CD. I have ISA server 2000 on our SBS 2003 network and it's worked very well for us. Looking at the ISA 2004 version [$1,500.00 USD] for a stand alone firewall box now.

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by CG IT In reply to

SonicWall, I believe has some firewall appliances. I haven't looked at their stuff for sometime though. I'm sure McAfee has something, as well as other vendors. They all really do the same thing the differences between em being the bells and whistles, colored lights, dog & pony shows plus , and this is the biggy, customer support.

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by TechKid In reply to Hardware firewall

PIX 501 is less than $400 on eBay. Or, I've heard that SonicWall is pretty decent

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by cliff680 In reply to Hardware firewall

The Sonicwall is easy to install and easy to administer and it isn't as pricey as the Pix. I have installed them at most of my accounts.

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