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RE: Which FW/VPN appliance?
From: "Gordon Brandt" <gbrandt () apwagner com>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 11:46:41 -0500

We are using the SonicWALL solution pretty much as you have stated.  This is
working quite well for us.  The SonicWALL, with the Anti-Viru option, also
stops viruses, and is configured to block incoming files at the firewall if
they meet certain criteria (i.e., .exe, .pif., .scr, etc.)

So far,I am quite pleased with the product

Gordon Brandt
Network Engineer
AP Wagner Inc.
2205 George Urban Blvd.
Depew, NY  14043
Work: (716) 961-7119
Fax:    (716) 856-4779

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve [mailto:steves_66 () yahoo com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 2:37 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Which FW/VPN appliance?


I'm performing my first network installation for a small
company that has
4 branch offices and a HQ office.  Each branch location has
approx 5-8
users, and HQ has approx 7-10 users.  They will perform web
surfing and
the branch offices will need to VPN data back to HQ daily.
Also, they
have a couple traveling/home users that will need VPN access
to HQ.
They would like to leave room for growth to add additional
users at each
location and they'll be adding 2 branch offices soon.  Total # of VPN
tunnels fm each branch = 1, total for HQ = at least 8.

They also need NAT and DHCP and FW.  They're running Ethernet
and TCP/IP
on a Novell network.  I am procuring broadband at each
location (DSL or
frac T1) and expect a static IP.

Thus far, I'm considering three firewall/VPN solutions:

1. Netscreen 5XP (Branch) and the Netscreen 25 (HQ)
2. SonicWall SoHo3 (Branch) and the SonicWall Pro200 (HQ)
3. SnapGear SoHo+ (Branch) and the SnapGear Pro (HQ)

Any thoughts to the product choices?


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