SonicWall TZ 210
Strengths: Fully loaded, feature-rich UTM, with straightforward setup and ease of administration
Weaknesses: None that we found
Verdict: Solid performance, good pricing and excellent functionality all combine to make this our Best Buy
The SonicWall TZ 210 is one of the most feature-rich UTMs that we have seen. It includes a lot of great security and protection features. It provides not only the basics, such as firewall, IPS, and gateway anti-virus, but it has built-in WiFi support with security and a full web content filtering suite with IM and P2P filters.
Setup was straightforward and easy, guided by an easy-to-follow configuration wizard. This wizard takes a few minutes and the appliance is completely configured. All other administration is done from the very clean and organised web-based GUI. This GUI is intuitive to navigate, the tree-based navigation pane is well organised and categories are clear. It is easy to find what you are looking for.
Policy configuration is simple too, with all the security services organised in one place. From here, it is easy to turn on the IPS, gateway AV and web content filtering. We also liked the many wizards included with the appliance. There are wizards for setup, port assignment, setting access to public servers, VPN setup and WiFi setup. There is also an easy-to-read dashboard, which can provide worldwide attack and virus statistics and local near real-time statistics as well.
Documentation includes a very detailed paper getting-started guide that provides in-depth initial setup and configuration steps for all the appliance's features. Other manuals are PDFs and include a SonicOS administrator's guide, which takes over where the getting-started guide leaves off and provides advanced configuration information. All manuals have many screenshots and step-by-step configuration instructions.
SonicWall offers free 90-day phone and email technical support as well as firmware updates included in the purchase price of the appliance. After 90 days, customers can buy support agreements of varying levels. There is also an expansive support website that includes product documentation, downloads, FAQs, a knowledgebase and user forums.
At just under £850, this product is excellent value for money. It is loaded with features that are easy to use and easy to manage.