Strengths: Easy to use and manage with a good amount of features
Weaknesses: Nothing that we found
Verdict: A small box full of features. Recommended
Netgear's ProSecure UTM25 is a lot of UTM in a little box. It combines features such as a stateful packet inspection firewall, IPS, SSL VPN, IPsec VPN, anti-malware, anti-spam and web URL filtering. It also provides control to block applications such as Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger and save bandwidth by blocking peer-to-peer clients such as BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella.
Deployment and configuration is quite simple and straightforward. Once the appliance is connected to the network the web-based interface can be accessed from any network computer. The first time the interface is launched a setup wizard guides through the initial steps to get the appliance up and running with a simple configuration. This also includes the basic policy settings for network security.
We found this product to be easily configurable and quite flexible for policy configurations. Many of the configurable options can be turned on or off easily. We found the interface to be easy to navigate. It is designed to mirror other Netgear products so it feels very comfortable to anyone who has worked with Netgear before.
Documentation provided included a short installation guide that illustrates the steps necessary to get the product connected to the network and running with the initial configuration. There is also a PDF reference guide that provides advanced configuration information and how to use the features. Both of the guides included many screenshots and step-by-step examples in an easy-to-follow format.
First year support is included with the purchase of the product. Netgear also offers an inexpensive support plan for an additional yearly fee that includes 24/7 email and phone support, next business day replacement, firmware and software updates. There is also a lot of no cost support available on the website, including a knowledgebase, technical resources and a user forum.
At a price of just £500 for a one-year bundle, ProSecure UTM25 is excellent value for money. It can provide solid protection for just about any environment without breaking the bank. We rate it Recommended.