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Reasonably Priced Firewall Recommendation

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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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.
 

fitz

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#5
depends what you consider "reasonably priced" :)

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

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?
 

fitz

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#7
sorry..

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

kcnychief

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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?
 

markper

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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.
 

kcnychief

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

Is this for home or work?
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.
 

fitz

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i would have suggested that if he did not specify a hardware firewall in his inital post.
 

kcnychief

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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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