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Cheap enterprise firewalls

Discussion in 'Networks' started by michael78, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Guys any suggestions on getting my hands on a cheap enterprise type firewall. Want to install one at home and start trying to mimic a corporare environemnt and get used to configuring ports and rules etc. I know you can use Windows server as a firewall and also Linux based systems such as IP Cop but do these resemble anything like the interface or complexity of a enterprise type firewall? Do Firewall's tend to be GUI based these days?
     
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  2. ThomasMc

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    You can pick up a ASA 5505 on ebay cheap these days, not sure how "enterprise" that is but I'm sure the bigger ones should share the same command set etc
     
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  3. ethernet0

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    An enterprise firewall will cost you a fair amount, even dated ones. If you just want to practice setting up VPN tunnels etc then I would get a cheap sonicwall, firebox or even a Netgear prosafe FVS114 (some will require SW licenses though). Most will have both GUI and CLI but additional advanced configurations may only be available via the latter. Furthermore each hardware firewall vendor will have it's own OS (Juniper JunOS, Cisco IOS etc).

    With regards to using an old PC with say IP COP - then you have to look at the reliabilty. Embedded hardware like Juniper/Cisco tends to be more reliable (stricter quality checks) than PC hardware (HDD for example) mechanical hardware has a much shorter lifespan than electrical parts. Furthermore, software on such devices is also more stable due to it's small codebase and design.
     
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  4. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    I think that might be what I'm after. Will look into it cheers mate.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    In addition to the Cisco suggestion above, some SonicWall models aren't terribly expensive. I've used those quite a bit. Haven't used WatchGuard in years... do companies still use them much?
     
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  6. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Yeah I know I won't be able to afford a full blown enterprise firewall but want something that closely resembles one to learn how to open ports and such.
     
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  7. michael78

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    I've heard of SonicWall so cheers for the pointer. Ebay here I come.
     
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