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# 82259 26-Apr-2011 11:29
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Good Morning,
I'm looking to cancel the SecureME product from Telecom and get our own managed box, wondering if anyone could suggest alternatives, brands, models that are similar to this product ?

Cheers,

G

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  # 462404 26-Apr-2011 11:41
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IIRC, SecureMe is just Telecom reselling/rebranding Mako Networks services.

http://www.makonetworks.com/

No idea of the costs involved in using it directly from Mako, but I'm sure someone here will be able to share...

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  # 462412 26-Apr-2011 12:12
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Yea you could just use Mako directly bypassing telecom..

 
 
 
 


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  # 462431 26-Apr-2011 12:49
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Kraven: IIRC, SecureMe is just Telecom reselling/rebranding Mako Networks services.

http://www.makonetworks.com/

No idea of the costs involved in using it directly from Mako, but I'm sure someone here will be able to share...


Mako charge about $500 per year for the service and $600 ish for the hardware.
You can get a few different models based on your internet connection.

PM me if you need me to get you in touch with someone who can get you one.

As per Mako's aggreement with TCNZ they can only sell to resellers, however I have some who will give you a good deal.




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  # 462806 26-Apr-2011 23:07
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Can you not get just a managed box, such as a firewall ? cisco or netgear end-user manageable ? I just don't want to pay for a "service", want to manage everything myself BUT getting similar capabilities. Am I asking too much ?

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  # 462812 26-Apr-2011 23:25
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It's usually more cost effective to pay a sub for access to a aintained service for stuff like the list of sites that should be blocked, av/malware signatures and so on.. compared to having someone manually manage that.

 

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  # 462827 27-Apr-2011 00:10
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The Mako solution is really good. I used it and helped with some of the initial installs in early adopter customers in Auckland. First site I installed and their support people rang me 10 minutes after I plugged it in and told me the 3 IP addresses of machines on the site with various infections on them sending traffic! (No privacy issues - trial site - this was the deal)

It doesn't do anything you couldn't do yourself, but it does it all a lot more easily.

ONe thing it's spectacularly good at is making VPNs easy... Say you have 3 offices, to built the site to site (to site) VPN, you go to the online management portal, and select the three offices and click "make a VPN" or something like that... A few minutes later (after the boxes checkin in get the config), the sites can see each other.

Before I used it I was skeptical, but it's a well thought out product.

Note, I do work for Telecom, but these experiences are from before I started at Telecom, and I haven't been involved with Mako since joining Telecom.

Cheers - N




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  # 462844 27-Apr-2011 07:25
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I quite like the offerings from Sonicwall (www.sonicwall.com)

We use them at most of our sites, they are nice and advanced so there are lots of features you can tweak.

Setting up the VPN's on them is a peice of cake, as long as you understand how a VPN works (correct settings/ip addresses etc)

You can buy the device outright, or op to pay for extras like antivirus/content filtering (all license based)

I would recommend buying the support though, allows you to download newer firmware along the way.

 
 
 
 


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  # 463002 27-Apr-2011 13:16
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Yeah there are loads of options for SMB's for good easy to configure/manage UTM (unified threat management, ie: virus, spam, malware sites etc).




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  # 463007 27-Apr-2011 13:31
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Forgive me if the comparison is wrong, but if you are looking for a UTM box that you can manage (and tweak) yourself, why not look at Untangle (www.untangle.com)?

I have run it (at home) for 3 years now, across various hardware, and have never had a problem (well, apart from one strange issue with the virus scanner thinking Apple downloads over port 80 where suspect and killing them....).

It does all the firewall stuff plus anitvirus, spam management, full reporting etc.

Having read the Untangle forums there are some large (1000's of seats) environments that it is used in.

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  # 463015 27-Apr-2011 13:52
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timbosan: Forgive me if the comparison is wrong, but if you are looking for a UTM box that you can manage (and tweak) yourself, why not look at Untangle (www.untangle.com)?

I have run it (at home) for 3 years now, across various hardware, and have never had a problem (well, apart from one strange issue with the virus scanner thinking Apple downloads over port 80 where suspect and killing them....).

It does all the firewall stuff plus anitvirus, spam management, full reporting etc.

Having read the Untangle forums there are some large (1000's of seats) environments that it is used in.


Not trying to hijack this thread, but are you running the free version or the paid version?  How do you find it?

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  # 463027 27-Apr-2011 14:13
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jaymz:
timbosan: Forgive me if the comparison is wrong, but if you are looking for a UTM box that you can manage (and tweak) yourself, why not look at Untangle (www.untangle.com)?

I have run it (at home) for 3 years now, across various hardware, and have never had a problem (well, apart from one strange issue with the virus scanner thinking Apple downloads over port 80 where suspect and killing them....).

It does all the firewall stuff plus anitvirus, spam management, full reporting etc.

Having read the Untangle forums there are some large (1000's of seats) environments that it is used in.


Not trying to hijack this thread, but are you running the free version or the paid version?  How do you find it?


I am running the free version, but seriously looking into paying for the new web cache module.

I find it an excellant product - it has given me minimal problems (except for the one above) and just does the job.  I haven't had any virus issues in 2 years even with kids downloading everything, and it protects them from all the porn out there too.

I have it running on a 3Ghz P4 with 2GB Ram, an old Shuttle machine, and it doesn't slow down any of the network traffic (I can still max out my ADSL2+ line) - there is a small delay at the end of every download whilst it scan the files for viruses, but thats all.

I run all the free modules.

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  # 463036 27-Apr-2011 14:52
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timbosan:

I am running the free version, but seriously looking into paying for the new web cache module.

I find it an excellant product - it has given me minimal problems (except for the one above) and just does the job.  I haven't had any virus issues in 2 years even with kids downloading everything, and it protects them from all the porn out there too.

I have it running on a 3Ghz P4 with 2GB Ram, an old Shuttle machine, and it doesn't slow down any of the network traffic (I can still max out my ADSL2+ line) - there is a small delay at the end of every download whilst it scan the files for viruses, but thats all.

I run all the free modules.


Good to know,  I am always open to other products.

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