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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > ZyXEL > ZyXEL USG40W-NB Security Firewall (Hardware Only)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Awesome Performing Security Appliance Firewall with Outstanding UTM Services and Excellent WiFi Range
Pros: This security appliance firewall is packed with features. This is now my third ZyXEL firewall, and every upgrade has been leaps and bounds better than the previous. Setup was mostly straight forward. A firewall with this many features starts to get into the realm of needing general understanding of firewalls to setup all of the main features. But nothing is overly complicated or requires an extreme level of knowledge to set up the core features. The more advanced of a setup you go, the more advanced level of knowledge needed, but that goes for all firewalls. All the ZyXEL units I have owned have a similar menu feel and setup, which makes it easy to jump in and get started.

Aside from all the great features this unit has, the big standout is the UTM (Unified Threat Management) Services. These are licensed services, and there are four UTM services available. They are: Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Application Intelligence & IDP (Intrusion Detection Prevention), Content Filtering, and Anti-Spam. The unit comes with a 30-day trial. After seeing what the IDP and Content Filter were catching and reporting, I didn't hesitate to buy a subscription to the services. I'm using their bundled services UTM that has all four UTMs in it. It was a huge eye-opener to see all of the shady content and exploits that were being brought in through mainstream webpages and the type of content that was being sent out by smart devices. Some of the things the Content Filter and IDP caught were: Buffer-Overflows, Web-Attacks, Access-Controls, DoS, Known Security Threat Webpages, and more. These were all things that never showed up with Norton Internet Security. And catching these things in the ZyXEL firewall, means they are stopped before touching any connected devices. The UTMs even notified me and stopped the sending of personal usage date from my Samsung smart TVs back to Samsung, which I had no idea my TV was doing.

The WiFi range I would rate as being excellent. And the antennas are removable, should you choose to upgrade them.

The case is a combination of metal and plastic, and has some good weight to it. The processor heat sink is large and passive, so no fans or noise. This is a big plus for me, since I have this unit on my desk.

As always, the ZyXEL USA based tech support is outstanding.

The on/off power button is also another big plus. My prior firewalls didn't have one, and it's a pain holding multiple cords when you need to do a power cycle.

I would recommend this unit for anything from personal use all the way up to a medium sized office or larger, depending on needed throughput. But all the features are definitely here for any type of setup.
Cons: I really don't have anything negative to say about this unit. There are only a few things I would improve upon. Setting up the inbound VPN was a difficult, complex, and tedious process. With VPN being mainstream, they really should have come up with an easier way to set up the VPN.

The UTM licenses are pricey, although pricey is a relative term. I use this for my personal firewall, so it's expensive for individual use. But for an office it would be very inexpensive. The subscription price is the same, regardless of usage. I would have loved to have seen a personal usage license at a lower price point.

This last part is just an annoyance. They need to do a firmware update to fix the USB indicator light on the front of the unit. The light doesn't come back on if you restart or power cycle (or if a power outage occurs) the unit. This does not affect the functionality at all. The attached USB storage device still shows up in the menu and is still recording the data logs.

Speaking of USB storage, it would be great if there was a feature to see the log data that is recorded to the USB in the ZyXEL menu. Or better yet, be able to see it in the log menu. As it stands, the log menu only shows the last 512 logged events. And depending on the usage, 512 events can be as much as several hours or as little as the last second of events.
Other Thoughts: I used to own the ZyXEL VFG6005N for over a year. I then upgraded to the USG20W, which I had for a little over two years. I mostly upgraded to the USG20W because I wanted a stronger WiFi range, which the USG20W definitely provided. I also wanted to step up to the next level of security features, which the USG20W also provided. Now I upgraded to the USG40W, which I have been using for a bit over half a year. I've been very happy with each ZyXEL purchase and their USA based tech support.

I want to give some additional information about the four UTM services I talked about above. As I mentioned, I use all four of them. I only purchased the bundle, because there was a discount for the bundle. The only two that have been beneficial for me have been the IDP and Content Filtering UTMs. They are the ones blocking the harmful websites and exploits. The Anti-Spam UTM is only useful if you are hosting your own e-mail server behind your firewall. The Kaspersky Anti-Virus UTM scans downloaded files for viruses. That is all the Anti-Virus UTM does. It has no function beyond that, so it's not like it's scanning webpages for malware content or anything like that. I have not downloaded anything that has had a virus in it yet, so the stat shows zero viruses in both the Kaspersky Anti-Virus UTM and my Norton Internet Security. I have had on occasion, namely smart phone OS updates that could not be downloaded, because the Anti-Virus UTM took the cautious approach on compressed files it could not scan for viruses. Other than that and the cost of buying the the UTM, there is no downside to having the added security of the Anti-Virus UTM.

I always recommend using a firewall, whether it's in a home or office setting. With so much personal and financial information on your computer and transferred online, it's worth the extra security. You should also always use a full Internet security suite, not just an anti-virus. And yes, you can use software firewalls, like those included with Internet security suites, and a hardware firewall together. It's just another layer of security.

As I upgraded to this USG40W and used its UTM services, I discovered that my Samsung smart TVs have been "spying" on me. They have been sending back all my usage data to Samsung. After researching this, I came across some interesting articles from news outlets and Consumer Reports that talked about companies selling this data for huge profits. Ultimately all this data winds up in data banks that can put together your name, phone number, address, age, IP address, and usage habits. This data is then sold to and used by telemarketers, online advertisements, junk mailers, and unfortunately also shady individuals/companies. It was definitely some interesting reading to say the least. I suppose this is part of the downside to the Internet-of-things.

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Reviewed By:Steven K.,6/12/2016 6:09:00 AM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Dell SonicWALL > Dell SonicWALL 01-SSC-0576 VPN Wired TZ300 Gen 6 Firewall Secure Upgrade Plus 3 Year

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Does the job
Pros: This is our 4th or 5th generation Sonicwall in the main office, maybe 15 years worth. We have 2 other locations with TZ 200's, connected to the TZ 300 via VPN. Also use NetExtender for road warriors. Considering all of the intrusion protection and anti malware options, along with all the application blocking/reporting options (1500+), it is complex to set up but has a reasonably friendly GUI. Many KB, FAQ and how-to articles. My experience with support has been minimal but very good. Forums for user to user, so-so. Licensing is not cheap but well worth the cost, IMO. We block all social network connections and non-approved webmail locations (sources of some of the ransomware), and many others. Very flexible, which creates challenges but well worth it IMHO. Port forwarding can be set up to only allow selected public IP addresses for forwarding, this adds security prior to password entry. SSL-VPN (NetExtender) can be set to restrict access to selected internal IP addresses.
We use a global anti-spam/AV service (Comodo), the Sonicwall Security services, Sonicwall Intrusion Prevention, and Exchange attachment filtering. We are not paranoid, they really are out to get us. Got this on a trade-in offering, decent price.
Cons: Learning curve to set up all the protection stuff is steep.
Other Thoughts: This is our 7th or 8th Sonicwall, so we must like them. I have set up several Cisco low-ends and some other brands. Keep coming back to these.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,6/5/2016 11:08:20 AM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Ubiquiti Networks > Ubiquiti USG UniFi Security Gateway Enterprise Router 3 Giga Port VPN Firewall

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Interesting concept but falls short
Pros: - Well built
- Presumably powerful
- Integration with other UniFi devices
Cons: - Confusing set up if not in the most basic of situations
- Extremely limited options for an "enterprise" firewall
- Pre-defined ports
Other Thoughts: The Ubiquiti USG has an interesting concept in being a simple but powerful firewall. At first I was excited about the concept of being able to control our remote offices centrally from one server. Unfortunately the execution here falls way short. For one thing, the set up is maddening. It's confusing to get it set up remotely, and Ubiquiti's instructions are very unclear on how to do it, especially with the router. I can see how it works well with the UNiFi Access Points (which I love), but it just doesn't work with the USG.

Even if you do get it attached to the controller - the settings are extremely limited. Perhaps that's the point with this unit, but it's laughable for something they call an "enterprise" security appliance. My little ASUS router at home has more advanced options. You get DHCP settings, WAN settings, some port forwarding, and that's it. The one thing that I've heard that works well is the site-to-site VPN, but I have not been able to try that.

Overall - unless you just really need the dead simplicity or the tie-ins with the UniFi controller, there are much better options for less money when it comes to a simple firewall. Ubiquiti's own EdgeRouter is a great choice for many of the same applications.
Reviewed By:Justin D.,6/3/2016 5:55:23 AM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Dell SonicWALL > Dell SonicWALL 01-SSC-0219 VPN Wired TZ600 Gen 6 Firewall appliance with 1 Yr TotalSecure

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Update of previous review. Good service response.
Pros: Seller was very responsive to problem of not being able to register product. Product returned and refund issued. Seller was forthcoming that there was a problem with Dell equipment they had received and responded very professionally.
Cons: Still wound up without a firewall but problem was resolved as well as possible under circumstances.
Reviewed By:Charles B.,5/25/2016 1:39:44 PM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > ZyXEL > ZyXEL USG40-NB Security Firewall (Hardware only)

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Very Capable Firewall
Pros: - This firewall can do everything I have ever wanted one to do and much more: gigabit router with switch, SPI firewall, DHCP server, DNS server, RADIUS server, access point management, and redundant WAN connections.
- Does not require any rebooting during setup.
- It is designed to be configured by attaching the WAN port to an existing network, setting it up, and then connecting it to the modem.
- This product is fine for my 85 Mbps home internet connection.
Cons: - Many features had to be disabled because I did not need them at home.
- Takes over 3 minutes to boot when first turned on.
- The device is not secure when first turned on.
- IPv6 setup is complicated, but after contacting support, Zyxel emailed me the correct instructions for Comcast.
Other Thoughts: - Highly skilled technical people will find this firewall a joy to use, but inexperienced individuals will be confused and frustrated.
- This product has application filtering requiring a subscription, which was not tested. Application filtering would slow down throughput, so the USG60 or USG60W is recommended for that feature.
Reviewed By:John B.,5/15/2016 11:16:15 AM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Cisco Systems, Inc. > Cisco Small Business RV320-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 TERRIBLE router!!
Pros: I can't say anything good at all about this router. Cisco needs to stop selling it!
Cons: I had issues from the first day. Internet would run great for a few days then I would have to reboot. Then VPN is broken in so many ways. The IPsec doesn't work and I was told by support not to use The VPN client on the CD. I was told Cisco no longer supports using their own VPN client with this router and to download ShrewSoft client instead. Even it wouldn't work! PPTP was my fall back which did work ok but then when I had to setup VPN to connect site to site it started killing that! I started a support ticket with them and a month later I get an RMA. This has been by far the worst router I've ever installed. This pretty much killed the Cisco name for me. Maybe if you're buying a $2,500 router but for small businesses stay away from these.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,4/25/2016 12:37:13 PM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Cisco Systems, Inc. > Cisco Small Business RV320-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Horryble - I own 2 CISCO RV320 for site-to-site VPN
Pros: - It is are pretty
Cons: VPN is stability is as bad as they say it is (look on CISCO forums).
Forced limitations are ridiculous and all over.
The VPN client does not work on recent OSs and there is no real replacement and you end up using PPTP. Even that is not good because of a known bug that crashed IPSEC site-to-site VPN at the moment a PPTP get's connected .. randoomly

Logs do not work on it, known bug, no resolve.





Other Thoughts: They are going to the bin!
Reviewed By:Anonymous,4/20/2016 9:07:17 AM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Cisco Systems, Inc. > Cisco Small Business RV320-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 I like it a lot, but be aware...
Pros: Great Router
Cons: It is on the incompatible Routers list with Jive Communications, meaning they will give your VoIP system limited support when you have issues. So what I'm saying is, the only reason to reconsider buying this is if you are using VoIP; check with your VoIP provider first. The router shouldn't matter in this scenario, but somehow it does according to Jive.
Other Thoughts: Nice interface compared to many routers. Easy to port forward.
Reviewed By:Craig C.,4/19/2016 9:36:50 AM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Cisco Systems, Inc. > Cisco Small Business RV320-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Reserved MAC to IP reservation table limited!
Pros: None in this case.
Cons: MAC to IP reservation table limited to ONLY thirty devices.
Other Thoughts: This was bought to replace a small business clients seven year old home router. They have about forty five devices which connect to their LAN and they want each device to have their own dedicated/reserved IP based on MAC, even though they realize MAC's can be spoofed. They are also comfortable with how their present LAN works and want to continue seamlessly with their way of doing things.

The old home router has the capability to do this as the MAC to IP reservation table had not yet been completely filled. The RV-320 being seven years newer should have been able to do this with ease, after all it is sold as a small business router. But unfortunately it can't. It is limited to only thirty reserved MAC to IP addresses. This is very limiting for this client and and renders the RV-320 useless for their needs.

Furthermore this information can NOT be found online in any documentation or specifications from the Cisco or other websites.

The firmware was updated to latest version from Cisco as well. Limits still persist.

Since this is not useable for this client a return was initiated as a dissatisfied item here at NewEgg, NewEgg then promptly added a restocking fee to the return. Not happy.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,4/14/2016 1:25:52 PM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Dell SonicWALL > SONICWALL 01-SSC-0217 Dell SonicWALL SOHO Gen 6 Firewall appliance (hardware only)

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 be warned
Pros: this is a great product, except: (see cons)
Cons: I bought 2 and when I tried to register them, it said they were grey market and I had to contact Dell/Soniwall for a resolution.
Reviewed By:f n.,4/11/2016 6:20:41 PM
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