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#138775 16-Jan-2014 11:58
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Hi,

I'm starting to run up against more and more speed problems using older firewalls or UTMs with newer VDSL or fibre connections - particularly with PPPoE.

Example - a Netgear FVS318G which is rated for 25mbit WAN throughput only gets up to about 10mbit download speed on a Vodafone BizNet connection which is capable of 30mbit download speeds. 

Can anyone advise on a decent range of UTM and firewall devices that can cope with the throughput that customers are expecting now? Typically these are small offices with maybe 5-20 users so budgets aren't astronomical.

I have had some success with Netgear UTMs but they seem to be nearly impossible to get hold of for some reason. We have some Juniper SSG20s and a couple of old Snapgears still hanging around that really need to be replaced. What have you used successfully?



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  #968093 16-Jan-2014 12:07
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*chuckle* I think we have 2 SnapGear's remaining.  They were on the whole pretty reliable, but nothing lasts forever.  They would be gone by now if our clients could get VDSL in those locations.  I like that they boot in 10-15 seconds.  I miss that with the modern UTM boxes.

If you want Managed with decent performance and awesome reporting, look at the Mako stuff (via Snapper).  Licensing is not cheap cheap, but the stuff is set and forget.

If you want standalone (with optional annual filtering licenses), take a look at the Cyberoam stuff (again via Snapper).

We evaluated the Netgear UTM boxes as on paper they looked pretty good, but they didn't float my boat when we put one on a client site for 60 days.

Mike





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  #968105 16-Jan-2014 12:35
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Thanks - I like the sound of "awesome reporting", will have to check that out.

 
 
 
 


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  #983019 9-Feb-2014 22:01
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The Mako boxes are quite nice
I'm also liking the Meraki cloud managed routers at the moment - have an MX60 running at a remote site, completely manageable online.
Has some nice security features too such as two factor authentication (for management), emailing configuration changes etc which is nice for teams.
Outgoing firewall unfortunately takes a bit to get your head around, but it does work when you work it out

EDIT: The Meraki reporting is even nicer than the Mako, can even do remote packet capture etc

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