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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003

    firewall - hardware appliance...

    im after suggestions for a hardware firewall appliance.

    two must haves:

    1/. ability to connect multiple internet connections
    2/. ability to connect external networks (other than the internet) e.g. offsite backup, remote monitoring not carried out over the internet etc.

    budget is not really an issue.

    any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Snohomish WA
    I can't really offer any advice since my experience is limited.
    However, I recently acquired an IPAD that I need to figure out how to use as a gateway for home network (thus allowing a linux box to use winmodem connection. ...... ).
    I think, that in my google searches on IPAD....your question appeared as it's abilities. (almost word for word.).
    I guess you are probobally looking for experienced advice, but here's a link to IPAD just incase your looking for a starting point for your search.

    If you want to make God laugh....make plans.

  3. #3
    Just Another Geek
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    If money isn't limited I can definately recommend Checkpoint Firewall/1 running on Nokia hardware. A bit cheaper but just as good are Cisco's PIX firewalls. Both come in all shapes and sizes and both can do what you want.
    Oliver's Law:
    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
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    Oct 2002
    Check out the netscreen range of firewalls (, they perform well and are fairly easy to manage.
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    re: firewall hardware

    I'm biased for the Cisco PIX. I run a redundant 525 pair at my core edge and several 520's out in the field as remote VPN terminators.

    However, as others have pointed out, I believe any of the 'major' appliances will get the job done for you in more than adequate fashion.

    Ego is the great Logic killer

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2003
    If money really isn't an issue... might as well go for the best:

    There really is nothing else you can buy with this overall quality or level of security.


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