Re: Recommend New Hardware
From: Arthur Hagen (art_at_broomstick.com)
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2005 03:27:09 -0500
Joe <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> An even cheaper solution and better then crappy symantec
While Symantec do have some crappy products, on what, exactly, do you base
this statement when talking about the SGS series? Just because the devices
got painted yellow when Symantec bought Nexland doesn't instantly make them
bad -- especially not since what Symantec has done since then is beefing the
boxes up with better CPU's, more RAM, better VPN facilities and IDS.
> is sonicwall
> www.sonicwall.com . get the SonicWALL TZ150. It cost me $289 and is
> $390 retail i think.
> can even be set up. in my opinion this sonicwall company has WAY more
> features then symantec and most others and for a hell of a lot less
A hell of a lot less money? I find the SGS 320 for $304, or $15 more than
what you paid for your device.
As for features, it goes both ways. Nexland patented a system for unlimited
IPsec pass-through, which you can't find on other devices than
Nexland/Symantec. Then there's a backup line that connects automatically
over modem or ISDN if your ISP's line goes down. Quite useful. Or the
ability to plug in a PC card and get instant secure wireless. Or the
ability to enforce VPN on a port by port basis. Most if not all of the
other features listed are also provided by the SGS device. I'm sure there's
things the Sonicwall does better -- URL filtering, for example, is very
rudimentary on the SGS. Other things, I'm sure it doesn't do better.
No, it's far from perfect, but for the money, I'd go with a SGS320 (or
better yet, an SGS360, and get load balancing/failover between two WAN