WatchGuard XTM 21 VPN firewall appliance delivers performance-driven security to small business and remote sites that need strong protection without the hefty price tag. Enterprise-grade security includes full HTTPS content inspection and VoIP support. Wireless models feature dual-band 802.11n for WiFi with enhanced speed and responsiveness. Flexible, centralized management tools allow administrators to work from an intuitive console, scriptable CLI, and web UI. Includes real-time monitoring and reporting at no extra cost. Ideal as a stand-alone security solution or VPN endpoint on a WatchGuard XTM or Firebox X network. For up to 10 users.
Great appliance, advanced network knowledge recommended.
This review is from: WatchGuard WG021000 XTM 21 VPN Appliance
Pros: This box can do just about everything- ssl vpn, ipsec vpn, branch office vpn, web-blocking, virus scanning of packets before they hit your network, spam filtering, voip, and on and on. Once you understand it, you can easily upload pre-built configuration files, remotely manage and make many changes to the firewall without even being on site.
Cons: There is a learning curve, for the most part the device is designed to be configured not by a web gui but by a program called the WSM- Watchguard system manager. This tool is amazing and can be used for any watchguard firebox product but if you've never seen it you'll easily get frustrated looking for things in the web gui. Also there are addition costs associated with many of the extra features like web blocking and virus scanning. Once installed these features have to be manually applied to the network before they are actually active- simply purchasing these features doesn't just make them work.
Other Thoughts: The company I work for has a large number of clients on Watchguard Firewalls and they are great to work with as a partner. This is a great tool with very diverse uses but expect a steep learning curve if you've never used a firewall at all.
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