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This review is from: SONICWALL 01-SSC-6947 TZ 205 Wireless-N Network Security Appliance
Pros: This appliance is incredibly powerful and customizable. I have five of these installed with a vpn in a star configuration. The vpn has never failed and I'm approaching one year of up-time across all devices.
One is installed in a very large house with multiple external wifi antennas. It works extremely well and there are no issue with devices swapping over to different hotspots. It's all seamless.
While the learning curve is very high, I have not needed to adjust a single thing since I finished all the configurations. The only ongoing task is adding mac addresses to the white list for wifi access.
The logs are comprehensive and you will be shocked at how much malignant traffic this thing stops.
Cons: The learning curve is very high, even if you have a good networking background. The good news is that there are no command lines to fiddle with. The gui is well organized. There is however a hidden, advanced control panel that controls some very obscure options. I've only had to use it once.
Other Thoughts: If you're considering making the switch to SW and the learning curve has you scared, you might consider buying a TZ100 to learn with. They're a lot cheaper and you won't feel so bad if you decide it's above your skill level.
I would not consider this appliance if you're playing a lot of games online. Port forwarding and nat traversal issues can be a pain to figure out.
And lastly, if you don't know the difference between a port and an ip, this appliance is not for you. Only consider this appliance if you have someone to help you with the configuration and they have ample time to learn the system. If you're going to pay someone to configure it, make sure they have some experience with SW.
Pros: Have two installed in a moderately busy web server and very pleased with performance. Running a stack of VMs. Boot swarms are no longer a problem.
Cons: Intel needs to be a bit more forthcoming about their advertising here. A 3.9 turbo assumes you've only activated one core in the bios. With all cores active, turbo is only 3.3.
Other Thoughts: Not a huge concern but a note for any Intel process engineers that happen to be reading this.. both chips had cardboard fibers inside the final plastic packaging tray, and under the pins.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great 2U package for DP setups, with 2.5" disks. Install was flawless and build quality is unmatched.
A full configured system, with fast procs and ssd raid arrays is crazy fast. I'm currently running 5 vms and a dbase/joomla setup at the iron level. The system laughs at every load I've thrown at it. Even boot storms pass in the blink of an eye. A standard 2012 vm reboots in about 5 seconds. A normal Joomla page loads in less than 0.35 secs. Admin actions with heavy writes, ~1 sec.
Cons: The pci slot area suffers from insufficient air flow. After installing two raid cards, temps on the cards were approaching 80c under load. With a pci slot cooler and a couple of suspended 40mm fans, temps are normal. But I'm not thrilled with my hack job or losing a pci slot. I wish SM would engineer a spot for a couple 40mm fans in the pci area.
IPMI is nice but slow to report on any non-local system.
Need a better bios update function. System was picky about usb bootable disks.
I can live with the last two issues but inadequate cooling is a serious design issue.
Other Thoughts: Please review the manual before spec'ing and populating ram. A misconfiguration here can slow you way down. Also review cpu world for your particular processor when trying to figure out the correct turbo speeds. The advertised turbo speed assumes you've enabled only one core. For example, a E5-2690 is advertised for 3.9 turbo, but that assumes only one active core. But with all cores installed, that value is only 3.3.
This system is designed for installation of discrete raid cards. You can certainly run storage through the board but you will have to rewire from the backplanes with standard sata cables.
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