Reasonably Priced Firewall Recommendation

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  1. kcnychief

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    I'm looking for a hardware-based firewall device that I can setup and install on my network.

    Some of my needs are changing, and a few of the things I need to be able to do are the following:

    • Block particular websites and domains
    • Block certain programs accessing the web based on their port information
    • Log website usage and activity
    I have used higher end stuff to do this, but want something a bit more cost effective if possible.

    I am also open to a software based option, since the server is the point of contact for all machines on the network anyways.

    Any recommendations?
     
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    Juniper Netscreen :)

    We use the 5GT series for smallums and I've no idea what the 19" ones are :)

    Decent little boxes though.
     
  4. kcnychief

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    Well it is only about a 12 user environment.

    I'm looking at scalability - something that is small and cost effective enough now, but gives them the room to grow feature-wise going forward.

    This all comes up because of a few past problematic workers now and ones in the past that abused the system. I want to be able to block ports so they can't do certain "things", and also log where they go.
     
  5. fitz

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    depends what you consider "reasonably priced" :)

    You could go real cheap and grab a sonicwall or something along those lines :)
     
  6. kcnychief

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    I was looking at sonicwall actually, I have worked with those in the past and they work well.

    Any model recommendation?
     
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    sorry..

    can't give any model rec's.. haven't looked at any of their recent models in the last couple years.
     
  8. Admiral Michael

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    How bout something like SmoothWall (http://www.smoothwall.org) It's totally customizable and you can install mods to do what you wanted.
     
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    I have been looking at Smoothwall actually, just have to dig through their site and check some features.

    Do you have links to the mods I would need?
     
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    For what its worth, we are using the SonicWall Pro3060, enhanced OS, for our routing, VPN, and firewalling needs, and it works great. I was skeptical at first because of the low cost, but I would have to say that I have been pleasantly suprised. We have specific ports blocked and open, but this model does not allow domain names and website names to be blocked. I am sure SonicWall has a device that does this. Go to their website, and call sales.
     
  12. Admiral Michael

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    Is this for home or work?
     
  13. kcnychief

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    Good recommendation, but a bit out of my price range. I was hoping to keep whatever the solution less than $500 USD.

    Work, kind of. Small environment I am in charge of that only has about 12 users. It's a test environment but it has to be a stable solution.
     
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  15. fitz

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    i would have suggested that if he did not specify a hardware firewall in his inital post.
     
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    Software may be my best option though wrt to cost, need to check into smoothwall a bit.

    Would either smoothwall, or a linux-based solution be able to handle PPPoE or would I still need a Linksys or similar device in there to handle that?
     
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    thanks guys - hope to have some time to research and tinker this weekend :D
     
  19. Admiral Michael

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    Smoothwall does PPPoE (I have DSL so I use PPPoE) :)