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  Reply # 1968157 5-Mar-2018 10:05
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@elpenguino call it what you like, enterprise/industrial, it's basically the same thing once you get above SMB kit.  sounds like you're better to invest in a decent firewall and then just get a dumb switch, but if you're getting something unmanaged you're going to have trouble down the line when you have a problem and need to figure out what's going wrong.

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  Reply # 1968159 5-Mar-2018 10:09
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To be honest, a switch to do firewalling is going to be expensive. You'll need a layer-3 switch probably the 3650 to 3850 range of switches - expect a RRP of $4k for one of these. The firewalling capability of these isn't great - they'll do packet filtering between VLANs but not anything stateful or any other firewall functions. The user interface is most likely command line, I can't remember what the web interface looks like.


IMHO, you're probably best to look for a Cisco ASA 5506. This is an 8-port firewall which you can configure switching between ports. Inside, it's logically like an 8-port configurable switch with a firewall attached to it. RRP is about $800-$2000 off the top of my head. The cost depends on the licences you want - how many hosts, VPNs, number of networks, extra fancy features like IPS and so on (the ASA licensing is a bit of a nightmare). The user interface is a reasonably good Java app. Note that you'll need a maintenance contract to download the latest firmware (about $120-150 /yr from memory).


The Juniper SRX300 for SRX320 boxes are similar, slightly cheaper, and less of a 'mare to license. They also do switching just fine, and have a good web interface. Again, a maintenance contract is needed for latest firmware.


Fortigate boxes may also suit well - they also have switching between ports and will be cheaper and easier to manage.


I'm just a consultant, so I can't sell any of these. Pricespy is your friend, or if you have a relationship with a reseller that might be better.


Kerry (Cisco CCNP & Juniper certified)




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  Reply # 1968176 5-Mar-2018 10:22
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Thanks for the tips @gehenna @BlueOwl.


We def want to go 'managed' for the firewalling appliance as each site will be slightly differently configured.


I'll take suggestions from the thread to my colleague and add relevant ones into the mix.



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