We performed a comparison between Check Point Remote Access VPN and SonicWall Netextender based on real PeerSpot user reviews.Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Infrastructure VPN solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"Access is browser-based only and requires no additional client installation."
"It is easy to install the Endpoint Remote Access VPN client to different platforms."
"I found the MEP feature the most valuable. This has improved users' latency allowing the users to connect to the nearest Azure Check Point VM."
"Thanks to all these security processes, our users can access our infrastructure with the certainty that we will not be compromised."
"The team has full visibility of the users that connect allowing them to keep control of who is in the network and what data they are allowing to come in and out."
"Scalability is great. We have been able to grow as a corporation due in part to this type of solution."
"The secure hotspot access for enabling good network connectivity is great."
"The most important feature of Check Point Remote Access VPN is the multiple factor authentication."
"Employees can have access to the network from home."
"The most valuable feature for the Netextender is the ease with which we can integrate it with SAML."
"I found nothing of value in this solution."
"The initial setup is pretty easy."
"The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
"It allows us to work remotely."
"NetExtender works very well. I never had an issue with it, and it has been working well for me. In terms of management, you have good control over the destination. You can use NetExtender to set the policy and the static route for a client. You can modify it based on what your client needs or can access. You have good control over routing."
"It's difficult to configure on Linux workstations as Check Point Remote VPN clients support only Windows and Mac devices."
"The Compliance software blade is available only for the Windows operating systems family, so no macOS security checks are implemented and performed."
"There needs to be a way to create a VPN client specific to our environment so that we can easily lock down who can connect."
"We'd like to integrate Check Point into the Remote Access VPN solution and have the ability to integrate multiple devices as access points through the solution."
"The authentication that we handle is through a .p12 certificate, however, we have integrated it with a 2MFA service through another provider. Something that could improve Check Point is if it had its own 2MFA service through a blade or some sort of application."
"The Linux version may have an app (similar to Windows) instead of a shell script."
"For Linux machines, they don't have a full client to install. For the users that utilize Linux, there needs to be an equivalent."
"Price category and smooth renewal of agreement should be considered for flawless and quick onboarding of clients and partners."
"Right now, you have to load each license on to an appliance. You can't pool across multiple appliances. So, you end up having to do a lot of administrative work to recover if an internet provider goes down, and you cannot leverage it as easily into a DR solution."
"The solution takes up a lot of bandwidth."
"SonicWall can be difficult for some people, but I don't find it difficult. Some companies provide a VPN client for free, but you have to pay for NetExtender."
"They need to rewrite the software to make it a usable product."
"The Netextender application itself doesn't really look pretty, however, we can still use it. We don't care what it looks like. That said, if they did a cosmetic update, that would be fine."
"There must be a multi-factor authentication enabled or integrated by default with it in order to be integrated with NetExtender."
Remote secure access VPN is a solution that provides users with remote access to an organization’s network. The host may have VPN client software loaded or use a web-based client. The solution leverages security features like multi-factor authentication, endpoint scanning, and encryption of all data in motion.
Check Point Remote Access VPN provides individuals with protected and efficient access to a company network from anywhere. This strategy fosters collaboration and connectivity between distributed teams and offices.
Features of Check Point Remote Access VPN
Key features of the secure remote access VPN include:
The system enforces endpoint security with endpoint compliance. It monitors and verifies the security status of each endpoint and reports back to the Security Gateway. The gateway, in turn, checks the compliance level and directs the connectivity to the right resources.
Users can deploy the Remote Access VPN in one of three ways:
Remote Access VPN is centrally managed. The centralized console enables management and enforcement of policies with a single log-in.
The Remote Access VPN has a web portal that users can use to connect securely to corporate applications, such as web-based resources, file-sharing, and email. Administrators can customize the web portal to match the brand identity.
Remote Access VPN offers two choices for remote access:
The authentication features include password management, RADIUS challenge/response, CAPI software, and hardware tokens. P12 certificates, and SecurID.
The system establishes a VPN tunnel on demand. It also re-arranges connections when roaming. The tunnel can automatically tear down when the user is on the corporate LAN.
There are several connection features, such as Hotspot detection, office mode IP, split tunneling, and automatic fallback to HTTPS.
Benefits of Check Point Remote Access VPN
One of the key advantages of Remote Access VPN is that it provides remote workers with a secure way to connect to a corporate network from any device, including their personal devices. The data encryption in transit enables them to securely access the resources they need for their tasks.
It also provides IT support and technicians with a faster way to troubleshoot software issues. In the case of a ticket, IT doesn’t need to go to the server location to fix the problem but can troubleshoot it remotely.
A remote secure access VPN is also an affordable alternative for small and medium-sized businesses, without requiring expensive infrastructure.
Reviews from Real Users
A Global IT Network and Security Service Senior Specialist at a manufacturing company who uses Check Point Remote Access VPN says, "I found the MEP feature the most valuable. This has improved users' latency allowing the users to connect to the nearest Azure Check Point VM."
"Organizations that already use the Check Point NGFW Solution do not require any additional hardware, which makes the implementation straightforward and reduces the time to go live," explains Basil D., Senior Manager at a financial services firm.
Manuel B., a Voice and data infrastructure specialist at a tech services company, says that "The IPSec VPN, Mobile Access, and Identity Awareness are three of the blades with which we have been working with since the pandemic. This has given us great mobility, making our network more dynamic."
-Enforce granular access policies and extend network access through native clients
-Enhance firewall encryption and security by redirecting all client traffic through VPN
-Reduce administrative overhead by simplifying remote access management
Check Point Remote Access VPN is ranked 4th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 33 reviews while SonicWall Netextender is ranked 11th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 7 reviews. Check Point Remote Access VPN is rated 8.8, while SonicWall Netextender is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Check Point Remote Access VPN writes "Scalable with a unified platform and good integration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall Netextender writes "Hard to set up with lag issues and unhelpful technical support". Check Point Remote Access VPN is most compared with Fortinet FortiClient, OpenVPN Access Server, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and Check Point Harmony Mobile, whereas SonicWall Netextender is most compared with SonicWall Connect Tunnel, OpenVPN Access Server, SonicWall Mobile Connect, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client and Fortinet FortiClient. See our Check Point Remote Access VPN vs. SonicWall Netextender report.
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