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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.
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Pros
"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."

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"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."

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Cons
"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."

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"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."

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  • "The price of this product is good."
  • "Organizations that already have the Check Point NGFW need to purchase an additional license to have access to the VPN functionality."
  • "There is a license required for this solution."
  • "Check Point Remote Access VPN is not expensive and the cost is annual."
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  • "After a certain number of users, you require extra licensing."
  • "You have to pay for its license. There are some other companies that provide a VPN client for free. When you buy NetExtender, its license is available for one, three, or five years."
  • "Cost wise, it would be a few hundred dollars for the base appliance with the first five clients. Then from there, your cost per seat depends on how many you're getting. It's a one-time cost, and then you have a few hundred dollars a year for the maintenance contract once you get the one-time seat costs out of the way."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We can integrate remote access to our branches through Check Point services.
    Top Answer:I'm not aware of the exact licensing costs associated with the product.
    Top Answer: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. This would allow us to have a tool that… more »
    Top Answer:It allows us to work remotely.
    Top Answer:After a certain number of users, you require extra licensing. I don't remember how much it costs, but I remember it wasn't expensive.
    Top Answer:I am rolling out the new Netextender because I am having some issues with the older version. If I update the client with the newer version, the issues will go away.
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    Also Known As
    Check Point Remote Access VPN, Check Point Endpoint Remote Access VPN
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    Overview

    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:

    • Compliance Scanning

    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.

    • 3 Deployment Options

    Users can deploy the Remote Access VPN in one of three ways:

    1. Integrated with an Endpoint Security solution. In this case, you get a firewall, an application control (not in macOS), the remote access VPN, and compliance features included in the package.
    2. As a Standalone Check Point Mobile for Windows. This package includes a remote access VPN and compliance features.
    3. As a Standalone Secure Remote. This tier only includes the Remote Access VPN.
    • Central Management

    Remote Access VPN is centrally managed. The centralized console enables management and enforcement of policies with a single log-in.

    • Mobile Access Option

    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.

    • 2 Remote Access Options

    Remote Access VPN offers two choices for remote access:

    1. SSL VPN Portal: Includes the mobile access web portal, an SSL network extender, Check Point Mobile for iOS and Android, and a capsule workspace for iOS and Android.
    2. Layer 3 VPN Tunnel: Includes the endpoint security remote access VPN, Check Point Mobile for Windows, the capsule connect for iOS and Android, the VPN plugin for Windows 8.1, and the capsule VPN for Windows 10.
    • Authentication Support

    The authentication features include password management, RADIUS challenge/response, CAPI software, and hardware tokens. P12 certificates, and SecurID.

    • Encryption Tunnel

    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.

    • Connect Options

    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

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    Sample Customers
    Osmose, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Maritime Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Construction Company7%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise35%
    Large Enterprise35%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business52%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Buyer's Guide
    Check Point Remote Access VPN vs. SonicWall Netextender
    November 2022
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    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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