Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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What do you like most about WatchGuard Firebox?

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What do you like most about WatchGuard Firebox?

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Information Systems Administrator at a logistics company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Sep 1, 2022

The most valuable feature of WatchGuard Firebox is its ease of use.

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Nadeem Abdulla - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager - IT Infrastructure at Taghleef Industries SpA
Real User
Top 5
Jul 22, 2022

Firebox's best feature is the access portal.

FlorianBUIS - PeerSpot reviewer
Infrastructure Administrator at CFA-INSTA
Real User
Top 5
Jul 21, 2022

The solution has a useful traffic monitor.

Andrew Keywood - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Specifix Limited
Top 10
Jul 5, 2022

The set up was quite straightforward and we handled it in-house. It took a few hours to deploy the product.

Scott Eastman - PeerSpot reviewer
Project Consultant at SysGroup PLC
Top 20
Mar 22, 2022

The most valuable features of the WatchGuard Firebox are all the security and updated features. You are able to configure the solution from the cloud platform and the application and web interface are very nice.

Surjith Cs - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr.System Administrator at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 20
Jan 19, 2022

The most valuable features are the VPN and web blocker security.

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Mohamed Y Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical & Pre-Sales Manager at GateLock
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jan 4, 2022

This product offers great protection using the default settings.

Santosh Thorwat - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Head at Patil Group
Real User
Top 20
Jul 10, 2021

The main features of the solution are the control of the site-to-site network access and the overall features.

Global Head ICT (CITP & MIE) at The Aga Khan Academies
Real User
Top 5
Jun 2, 2021

Policy VPN, site-to-site VPN, traffic monitoring, anti-spam filters, and all other advanced features are valuable.

Chief Executive Officer at esupport Solutions Pvt ltd
Top 20
Apr 22, 2021

There are many fantastic features.

IT Audit Group Head at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Apr 2, 2021

There are no problems with the technical support. If a problem occurs it gets resolved immediately with our technical support partners.

Marlon Sealey - PeerSpot reviewer
I.T. Co-ordinator at National Lotteries Control Board
Real User
Top 20
Jan 24, 2021

Two of the functionalities we use most are the traffic monitoring and the full panel dashboard. Those are two things that are very useful for us... In addition, it provides us with layered security. It allows us to determine what types of access, to which networks, we want to allow or deny.

Peter Galgano - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at a construction company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Dec 17, 2020

The ports that I have assigned appear to be unattainable to outside 'mal-actors,' unless they have an address registered on the internet that this thing is expecting. That's a layer of security.

Mohamed Y Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical & Pre-Sales Manager at GateLock
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Aug 20, 2020

The security that is used for defending from the attacks is very good.

Alexey Shcherbatyi - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at Abona Deutschland GmbH
Real User
Aug 13, 2020

After conducting several tests I found the antivirus is working very well. Additionally, they have a very interesting feature, DNS WatchGuard, which is checking DNS requests for phishing, among other things, and it has caught a lot of unwanted attempts and attacks.

President and Owner at Peak Communication Systems, Inc.
Aug 2, 2020

It saves us time in the respect that we now have the template built for it so we can get in and get it done. We've had much less problem supporting Voice over IP technologies from different companies. Because our client base has grown over the years, we're probably saving 20 to 30 man-hours a month now that we've got this on a good stable level.

FelixCheung - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at Wise Ally Holdings Limited
Real User
Jul 27, 2020

Because we bought two firewalls... we need a central place to manage the policies and deploy them to both devices. It's good that it provides a system management console that is able to manipulate and manage policies in one place and deploy them to different locations.

Scott Morin - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner / CEO at Midwest Technology Specialists LLC.
Top 10
Jul 8, 2020

As a whole, it has a very low requirement for ongoing interaction. It's very self-sufficient. If properly patched, it has very high reliability. The total cost of ownership once deployed is very low.

Network Administrator at Niedersächsischer Turner-Bund e.V.
Real User
Jun 25, 2020

The solution simplifies my business. Normally, for administration, we are using NetApp System Manager on Window since it's easy to create new policies. In a short amount of time, you can create new policies based on new requirements. For example, in the last few months, many requirements changed due to the coronavirus, adding the use of new services, like Office 365, and eLearning tools, like Zoom.

VP at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
May 5, 2020

The most valuable feature is the NAT-ing, the IP addresses... We can direct the traffic where it needs to go. We can control the traffic.

Director of Information Technology at a retailer with 201-500 employees
Real User
May 3, 2020

Among the most valuable features is the ease of use — love the interface — of both the web interface and of the WatchGuard System Manager.

Network Admin at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Apr 28, 2020

It also provides us with layered security. It has onboard virus scanning features that allow it to scan before something gets to the host. It will also stop a person from going to a site that is known to be bad.

Principal at a consumer goods company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Apr 19, 2020

The main reason we went with it was the security protocols. They were more robust on this device.

Jason Markle - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at a healthcare company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Apr 8, 2020

The policy monitoring and allowing different traffic flows are the most useful features for us; regulating which traffic comes in and out.

Network Engineer at Vanderburgh Police Department
Real User
Apr 7, 2020

It provides us with Layer 2 and Layer 3 security.

System Analyst at a transportation company
Real User
Apr 1, 2020

The set up of the VPN is pretty straightforward. Being able to build VPNs on the fly for certain users, if need be, is also valuable.

Kelly Carlisle - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager IT at a hospitality company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Mar 30, 2020

WatchGuard has a very easy VPN and branch office VPN setup, so we use those pretty extensively.

Computer Programmer at Crestwood Inc
Real User
Jan 22, 2020

The solution has increased productivity with our outside salespeople being able to connect into their computers and use those remotely.

Network Administrator at a retailer
Real User
Nov 14, 2019

It's hard to pick one feature over another. But if I had to pick one, the UTM would be the most valuable because of the notification. I get notified via email if there is any type of threat detection or alert, telling me something is wrong.

VP IT at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Nov 13, 2019

The most valuable feature is the ease of use of the interface.

AllenHillstrom - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Nov 7, 2019

It's very easy to use, especially compared to similar products. A lot more users use the WatchGuard appliance now than use the SonicWall appliance because of the ease of usability.

Christian Watt - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineer/Technician/Owner at Paramount technologies
Real User
Nov 6, 2019

The most valuable features of this solution are live logging, rule setup and maintenance, and VPN creation.

HalChernoff - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise Architect at a wellness & fitness company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Oct 3, 2019

Intrusion Prevention is my primary focus so that's what I find most useful. The why is straightforward: It's to prevent intrusion.

JasonGiles - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at WTS Media (Wholesale Tape & Supply)
Real User
Oct 2, 2019

[A] valuable feature would be the branch office. We have five offices throughout the United States, and it coordinates the connections of those offices.

John Giacco - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at Peace Bridge
Real User
Jul 31, 2019

HostWatch makes it so I can see, in real-time, activity in the event that there is something weird happening on the network. This simplifies my job.

Network Administrator at Advanced Software Designs
Real User
Jul 29, 2019

The throughput is great. It's perfect. We have no issues whatsoever. The management features are very powerful...

Prepress/Systems Manager at a printing company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jul 29, 2019

It's pretty simple to use. It's pretty simple to understand, and there's plenty of documentation. It does a pretty good job of what it is meant to do.

Information Technology Specialist at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jul 28, 2019

One of the most valuable features is the Geolocation. Because we aren't a multinational corporation, it allows me to look at things which might be suspicious to make sure that they are legitimate transactions rather than people sniffing around the network.

IT Manager at a engineering company
Real User
Jul 28, 2019

One of my favorite features is the Geolocation service, where you can actually block specific activity or IP addresses registered to certain countries. For example, I don't want any web traffic from Russia or North Korea. I may even lock down certain policies down to 'I only want U.S. IP addresses.' I find that very useful.

AlanRogers - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Thermioninc.com
Real User
Jul 18, 2019

If there is any conflict, the reporting feature will kick out all types of information, which is great.

Woodworker at Creative Woodworking NW
Real User
Jul 16, 2019

It protects me against malicious websites, as well as malicious downloads, as a perimeter anti-virus. I've also seen it blocking a lot of pings and different probes.

JimWarren - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Horizon Forest Products
Real User
Jul 14, 2019

The firewall aspect and the branch office VPNs are the most valuable features... We don't have any issues with it. We don't have to spend a lot of time maintaining it.

Joseph Jansen - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Specialist at Art Students League
Real User
Jul 14, 2019

It's pretty simple to understand when you want to do any diagnostics on your network. If you want to go in and see what packages are having trouble getting through, what's being held, stalled, etc., it's very easy to use in that way.

Rick Phillips - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at IDI Distributors Inc.
Real User
Jun 23, 2019

The most valuable are the VPN and proxy features.

Sr. Systems Administrator at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees
Real User
May 26, 2019

I like the High Availability features of the newest ones I'm using because they allow a firewall to fail and still be up and running.

I.T. Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Real User
May 26, 2019

The Dimension control, the one-spot reporting and control, has been nice. It's been easy to go in and make sure people are doing what they're supposed to be doing and that only the right stuff is getting in.

Technical Consultant at Rainbow Security
May 16, 2019

The most valuable feature for small and medium businesses is the support for various protocol proxies.

Technical Support at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
May 16, 2019

The reports are detailed.

IT Manager at Yamazen Inc
Real User
May 16, 2019

The most valuable feature is the GUI, especially the real-time bandwidth usage report. Also, its integration with WiFi access points is nice.

COO/CTO at a pharma/biotech company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Oct 4, 2018

I could still keep the data rates really high, up near the two gigahertz data speeds, without compromise on the security perimeters being acted simultaneously.

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Content Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Apr 4, 2022
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Product Manager at Entel Chile
Oct 25, 2021
Looking at the latest reports from Gartner, at least in the SDN part, I think there is no comparison. Fortinet is leading a large part of the network virtualization market and above all it is positioning itself as the option to have value-added services on the base layer of SDN and I mean security features that today, according to the consumption of the branch are more demanded by bringing the secure perimeter to each point of the network, consuming public services and direct navigation is already a fact.
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In my organization, we use Fortinet’s Fortigate. We find it to be very powerful, cost-efficient, and reliable. The user interface is friendly, and it is easy to create policies and set rules. As an NGFW, you can upgrade the firewall cluster firmware without disturbing the user. The graphic interface is very intuitive. The endpoint and email protection are on point, and you don’t have to worry about downtime. FortiGate offers malware and spyware protection, with advanced capabilities like proxy-based antivirus. It has advanced network protection features and a powerful intrusion prevention system with anti-spam and web filtering capabilities. For all the capabilities it offers, the price is reasonable. FortiGate has downsides though: the technical support is not great, and there is not a lot of documentation available. It is also kind of hard to configure. We reviewed WatchGuard before choosing FortiGate. WatchGuard offers a comprehensive advanced network security platform with enterprise-grade security. The router is rich in security features like antivirus, APT blocker, and spam blocker. It is simple to use and applicable for various use cases. It offers web filtering, application control, and monitoring. We liked that the GUI interface seemed intuitive and easy to use. It integrates with Active Directory, so it is a good fit for MS enterprise users. You can also schedule backups with ease. WatchGuard is, however, lacking in features for application control and we found the DNS server functionality to be poor. The firewall policies don’t point to a domain, only to IP addresses. While it is excellent that it integrates with Active Directory, the single-sign-on sometimes doesn’t refresh users’ permissions when they log on and off. Conclusion Fortinet Fortigate is undoubtedly a powerful and established next-generation firewall, and with all the features and capabilities, it is a better and more cost-effective solution than WatchGuard. WatchGuard would be better for organizations that use MS products.
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Owner at Smile Software Pvt. Ltd.
Jan 4, 2021
Which product is better for a banking institute - WatchGuard Firebox T55 or Sophos XG 135 FullGuard Plus with Enhanced Support?
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Mohamed Y Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical & Pre-Sales Manager at GateLock
Jan 4, 2021
WatchGuard Total security its security effectiveness is more reliable than Sophos XG firewall. you can check the NSS LAB 2019 for more details. Meanwhile regarding the Firewall and endpoint synchronized security I guess WatchGuard will fill this point within few months after the aqusition of Panda security.
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