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Pros: The box looks nice. (I was not able to use it so I don't know how it works.)
Cons: This unit comes with no support. And without support you cannot log in to the firewall. So you can't configure & use it.
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powerful but complex
Pros: Purchased this to get a step up in security for our small business office (10 users) for a reasonable price. The hardware is handling the traffic of our office without any noticeable drop off in speed and we have full stateful packet inspection turned on including all the security features.
Cons: The price you pay is only for the basics. Expect to pay about $330/yr more if you want all the services they offer with this unit. I didn't deduct an egg for this because this was pretty obvious to me when I bought the router and paying annually for dynamic security services ensures that there are people at those places maintaining it at a high level.
Other Thoughts: No way to sugarcoat this, IT'S COMPLICATED. It has the interface of a much more powerful router and unless you are a network engineer or have experience in this field, this will be very difficult to wrap your head around and configure. They offer a few wizards to help you along the way but even the wizards require some level of knowledge and are inefficient in adding way more rules than are needed. Again, I didn't deduct an egg for this because sonicwall gives you a test interface to see (so you know what you are getting into) on their website and the documentation is very good / complete. However, let me repeat, don't buy this unless you have the expertise to use it or plan to spend a significant amount of time learning lots of complex network topics. Things that are simple with lesser routers like NAT port translation require MANY more steps.
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Great Home firewall
Pros: This is the perfect SOHO firwirewall for anyone with a cable or dsl connection. I installed mine and had it fully operational with 7 computers and a cable connection in less than an hour. The instructions are simply, yet the firewall options are plentiful. I needed this for my home network because wireshark had told me there were people secretly controling my personal files and folders on my personal pc.
Cons: Learning how to use all of the features.
Other Thoughts: This is a powerful little firewall that I would DEFINITELY recommend to anyone with a home network. I an thinking of buying another one for my brother's home network.
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