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Pros: Aluminium case and fan keep the router cool even under heavy network load. Plenty of features to play with. Setup is easy once you get past some of the weird configuration names (Static IP is IP/MAC Binding). Regular firmware updates.
Cons: Found out after owning the router for a month that it needs to see very stable power. Like...any other electronic device I have ever owned hasn't needed such a stable supply. If the lights flickered in the house because of a wind storm outside or something the router would lock up. Nothing else in the house missed a beat but even a slight power disturbance always took the router out. I fixed the issue by getting an in-line battery back up for the router. Haven't had the issue since.
Reviewed By:N/A,10/4/2015 5:07:39 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: Customizable options for filtering with the totalsecure subscription. Everything you want can be done if you know how to do it. VPNs are stable. Not the greatest throughput but this is made for SOHO not a huge office.
Cons: logs are confusing, but I may not be reading them correctly. And making NAT policies and access rules is DEFINITELY not for beginners or people who think they are experts because they did a port forward in their linksys router that one time. Sonicwall's Tier1 support, like all support nowadays, is foreign and lousy.
Reviewed By:N/A,9/11/2015 8:09:47 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: This thing works like a champ, if it's not your first rodeo on setting up a firewall then the tz400 is super easy to configure, the throughput rate feels seamless, you can monitor the packets and network without a license for all the fancy monitoring features, out of the box the hardware only firewall is perfect for a cloud based business that only needs simple firewall rules, stealth mode :]
Cons: Need License? = $$$...
Other Thoughts: Is this real life? I have 5 skype users, 9 pandora streamers, 12 citrix portal connections, 2 torrent freaks that download constantly, and an id10t that doesn't understand what happens when they click on every advertisement and popup.. upgrading to this TZ 400 has stepped up the game in protecting my users and giving them all the bandwidth they need with room to grow.. without the CFS license I can't do much for my id10t user.. Let's see how long this device can stay alive.
Reviewed By:N/A,9/3/2015 1:40:08 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: I upgraded my home firewall from a cheap linksys router to this TZ300 because I wanted the ability for my iOS devices to VPN into my network. The setup and configuration was very easy, even getting the VPN endpoint setup wasn't difficult (as long as you follow the instructions available on dell or youtube).
For the most part the sonicwall devices (TZ series, NSA series, etc) all run on the same firmware. This is really nice because for configuration tasks you don't really have to find a guide specific to your model. For example you can find an SSL VPN setup guide for an NSA 2400, and the steps are exactly the same on a TZ300. Coming from a world of DIY firewalls and DD-WRT builds, this is a very welcome change.
Cons: Honestly I think the hardest part of setting up this device was getting it registered via www.mysonicwall.com. The in-device registration wouldn't work so I had to go directly to the website and punch in my S/N to register it (which you have to do to access your license information). Even then I had to fiddle with it a bit before I could access my licensed features (such as content filtering, email filtering, etc).
One thing to note is that the licensed services, such as anti-virus and content filtering, are *NOT* enabled by default (even though you have a license for them). You have to manually enable them once you get your license stuff syncing with the mysonicwall website. It's easy if you google for "'sonicwall best practices", but it's definitely something to be aware of.
Other Thoughts: Most of the common setup tasks have wizards that seem to work pretty well. If there isn't a wizard for what you're trying to do then there is a lot of good documentation online, both from dell and from individuals. However, if you're moving from a cheap firewall to a sonicwall then any advanced configuration you do is going to seem complex at first. I have worked with a sonicwall at my previous job several years ago, so I had a good idea of how things worked. But I do have to say, in the 4 years since I've worked with a sonicwall, dell has done a great job of simplifying the configuration experience while still leaving in the complexity/flexibility for those who need it.
Reviewed By:N/A,8/27/2015 8:00:58 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: I guess it worked as a firewall for the year and a half until the unit started failing. (Lost packets, inability to handle data, SUPER slow throughput when one outside VPN active.)
Cons: We installed a TZ 205 to act as a firewall over two small LANs and to allow one VPN user to each network. (Two small businesses sharing building space, separate networks behind a shared firewall.)
Because my VPN expertise is limited, we hired a SONICWall certified tech to complete the install. The unit never worked properly for the second VPN user and now, after a year and a half, it is failing. Over a thousand bucks into purchasing and installing this little unit, buying the second license and the subscription (crazy expensive) and now its dying. Might as well have just burned the cash.
I will never again buy a Sonicwall product.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/29/2015 7:29:28 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year. Did you find this review helpful?
Cons: Incredibly difficult to configure. Would not allow remote desktop connections to machine on the SAME network/subnet. (Never got around to attempting RDP connection from outside the network.) Configured the trial version of the content filtering service. The test facility indicated it would block a specific prohibited site, but the computers which were begin served by the device could still access the prohibited sites.
Included documentation is useless. You can get a pdf from the Zxyel ftp site, but it assumes you have a rather high level of network configuration knowledge. (i.e. you need to know what all the three letter acronyms stand for or you will be lost). There are no configuration guides that help you accomplish a specific task (like configuring internal remote desktop access).
Other Thoughts: A previous reviewer indicated it was easy to configure if you were familiar with other Zyxel products. That could be true, but I am not familiar with this company's products and I spent three days trying to configure it and ended up giving up and purchasing a different product.
Reviewed By:N/A,6/20/2015 8:52:44 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.