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"It allows us to work remotely.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The most valuable feature for the Netextender is the ease with which we can integrate it with SAML.""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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"I am very satisfied with the technical support.""I like the load balancing capability.""Secure Mobile Access (SMA) is easy to configure and the deployment is straightforward. However, this is mostly because of the AWS setup.""I think they ask for a fair price.""The management and the dashboard are the solution's most valuable features."

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"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.""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.""There must be a multi-factor authentication enabled or integrated by default with it in order to be integrated with NetExtender.""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."

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"The problem is that when combined with what the client already has, there are two different logins and two different management systems, and these should be consolidated into a single interface.""The timed synchronization between the network appliance needs improvement.""The solution has 2FA, it will generate a token and send it to an email, but multifactor authentication is not available. I would suggest that there should be MFA integration and provided with the appliance.""User interface could be improved.""The solution could integrate better with other platforms."

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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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  • "Our licenses are stackable and can be anywhere from five users to a million users."
  • "This solution is priced well and we currently have the maximum number of licenses allowed."
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    It allows us to work remotely.
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    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.
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    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
    SonicWall Aventail, SonicWall SMA SSL-VPN, SonicWall Secure Mobile Access
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    -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

    SonicWall SMA is a unified secure access gateway that enables organizations to provide anytime, anywhere and any device access to mission critical corporate resources. SMA's granular access control policy engine, context aware device authorization, application level VPN and advanced authentication with single sign-on empowers organizations to embrace BYOD and mobility in a hybrid IT environment.
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    Sample Customers
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    UnitedStack, Newport City Homes, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, PRIME aerostructures GmbH, Celtic Manor Resort
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Educational Organization5%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Non Profit5%
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    Small Business88%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
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    SonicWall Netextender is ranked 10th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 5 reviews while SonicWall SMA is ranked 13th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 5 reviews. SonicWall Netextender is rated 8.6, while SonicWall SMA is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of SonicWall Netextender writes "Stable with good security and a straightforward setup". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall SMA writes "R&D works efficiently and comes out with updates as necessary". SonicWall Netextender is most compared with SonicWall Mobile Connect, OpenVPN Access Server, SonicWall Connect Tunnel, Fortinet FortiClient and Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, whereas SonicWall SMA is most compared with Pulse Connect Secure, Fortinet FortiClient, Citrix Gateway, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Peplink SpeedFusion. See our SonicWall Netextender vs. SonicWall SMA report.

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