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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.

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 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 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 also had for over a year. 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 virus in both the Kaspersky Anti-Virus UTM and my Norton Internet Security. I have had on occasion, namely smart phone system or 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.,5/27/2016 7:48:08 PM
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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 > 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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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Netgear Inc. > Netgear ProSafe FVS336G-300 Network Security/Firewall Appliance

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Real 1 gbps router
Pros: The WAN port(s) speed is exceptional. My previous router (TP-LINK) even though it had 1 gpbs WAN port was only capable of ~200 mbps. This one gives me what I am paying for - 350 mbps. Another good thing is that it has no fans.
Cons: IPSEC VPN setup is very cryptic. I was not able to setup a tunnel to a Cisco 880 router. And I do IPSEC VPN setups pretty often. I am probably missing something as Cisco debug info tells that ISAKMP phase cannot negotiate parameters. Will try again later. But this is not a reason for subtracting 1 egg.
Reviewed By:Dmitriy D.,4/7/2016 2:58:18 AM
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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 WARNING Grey Market Product
Pros: none
Cons: Per Dell the SonicWALL SOHO was sold under special terms to a foreign entity that was not authorized to sell into the USA. It is a grey market product and Dell does not support, warrant, update, or maintain grey market products or their associated subscription services. Further, should this vendor offer to register the device into their account and transfer it to you, please note that the End-User License Agreement for Dell SonicWALL products prohibits that practice.
Other Thoughts: I would not recommend purchasing any SonicWALL device through Newegg.com just wish I would have know this or been warned before I made the purchase.
Reviewed By:John H.,4/4/2016 11:47:26 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Cisco Systems, Inc. > Cisco Small Business RV110W-A-NA-K9 Wireless-N VPN Firewall

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Not sure waht to think
Pros: worked for about 2 weeks
Cons: I tried to reset 2 or 3 times but could not
Reviewed By:Scott S.,3/9/2016 5:23:23 PM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Netgear Inc. > Netgear ProSafe FVS336G-300 Network Security/Firewall Appliance

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Typical NetGear Experience
Pros: Metal box and not cheap plastic.
Two WAN ports when your ISP's are flakey enough that you need a second ISP as backup
A DMZ port should you need one.
Power adapter is pretty svelte and easy to deal with.
Silent, no fans.
NetGear GUI interface is at least consistent across Business Firewall product lines
Newegg RMA service fast, easy and hassle-free.
Faster than specs say on the WAN link.
Cons: First shipped unit bricked upon the initial Firmware update to latest, had to RMA it for another one which cost me a week of time.
NetGear GUI interface is horrendous if you have any experience with any other vendor gear.
Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace an FVS318G-100NAS that was becoming a bottleneck to the ever increasing WAN speeds by TWC Business Class Cable Internet, and also because the FVS318Gv1 was now randomly locking up/rebooting/dropping WAN and LAN connections. (Not sure if the first was causing the second.) First FVS336Gv3 that showed up I tried to flash to the latest firmware right out of the box and for some unknown reason it bricked the unit (even the reset button didn't help). RMA'd for a second unit, which successfully flashed to latest firmware. As I had screenshot all the settings from the FVS318G, I re-entered all the configs into the FVS336v3 which took a bit of time but was 100% successful when I swapped the FVS336v3 into production.

I was considering the NetGear SRX for the WAN link speeds unit up until I figured out it had a fan, I didn't want something noisy as this unit was on a desk near the Cable Modem. Also, the SRX was pretty old hardware wise and hadn't been refreshed recently whereas the FVS336v3 is pretty recent so I figured the FVS336v3 would have longer lifespan.

So far happy with this purchase, it has been stable and all the features we use it for works (1 WAN connection, couple soft client VPNs, a site to site VPN, general firewalling). Wish NetGear wasn't bailing on their UTM line or I would have considered that. This day and age the general SPI Firewall isn't cutting it with the current threat environment but I didn't want to change to another vendor for a UTM, and can compensate for some software at the client level.

For the uninitiated, this NetGear firewall has the same GUI interface as the FVS318G, the FVS338 and a couple other models, so unless you have prior experience with NetGear, this GUI is not always the most intuitive or easy to use. Hope this helps others make an informed decision. I'd recommend this for other NetGear fans.
Reviewed By:Mr. J.,3/7/2016 9:01:54 PM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Dell SonicWALL > Dell SonicWALL 01-SSC-0213 VPN Wired TZ400 Gen 6 Firewall appliance (hardware only)

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 All around great 6th generation security appliance, put in many Sonicwalls and this one is fast enough to handle Google Fiber
Pros: Boat load of features, very secure, lots of flexibility if you know what you're doing.
Cons: This is not the first Sonicwall I've gotten from Newegg, but this one won't register and the mysonicwall.com site says that we must contact greymarketprevention@sonicwall.com to resolve. So I need to contact them and figure out if I need to return this thing or what. But this will probably be my last Sonicwall purchase from Newegg.com as I don't have time to mess around with this kind of stuff, and I don't like shady things to save a few bucks. This is the only reason I don't give 5 eggs.
Other Thoughts: Would recommend only if you know what you're doing and have prior Sonicwall experience. Also, beware of this grey market thing, you may want to buy direct from dell or another supplier.
Reviewed By:Ronald S.,3/4/2016 6:49:21 AM
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Categories > Firewalls / Security Appliances > Netgear Inc. > NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall Switch

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 A moderate Switch for Today's technology
Pros: First, it has plenty of security features and can do quite a few things. the 8 ports are definitely helpful. However, this is where the pros end.
Cons: This unit is already a few years old and I used it for several years before realizing that it wasn't my internet that was slow, it was the unit that was cutting my bandwidth in half and literally costing me $30 each and every month for two years.

It's WAN to LAN is NOT 12.5 Mbps. That's counting BOTH ways, i believe 'full-duplex'. It's 'half duplex' is only 7.5 at MOST. I have 10 Mbps from comcast. I hooked up my desktop and laptop directly to the modem and got 12 Mbps. I added this VPN and it dropped to 4.5 Mbps.

It's a pain to setup. And I mean a pain. Took me 30 minutes the first time. the FVS 338 is a little smarter.

I highly recommend looking for the VPN FVS 338 Model. Up to 90 Mbps WAN to LAN and 60 for the 3DES service.
Other Thoughts: It's 'switching fabric' is 250 Mbps (up + down stream data x 8)

the FVS 338 is a superior model. Faster CPU, more RAM, higher switching fabric, faster throughput.

10/100 Mbps Wired Speed - 50/50.
12.5 Mbps LAN to WAN throughput - WRONG. Try 7.5. I'd know, I tested and suffered for two years with this speed with a 10 Mbps service. Switched to FVS 338 and got full speed instantly.
Reviewed By:Matthew D.,3/3/2016 6:06:56 AM
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