Review: SonicWALL firewalls for less than $1,000

SonicWALL TZ200 and TZ210 deliver enhanced features

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Our testing shows that SonicWALL has done a great job of providing high-speed firewall in a small package. However, UTM capabilities, especially antimalware, continue to be difficult performance challenges. Network managers who want to make use of antivirus at the gateway should be careful to limit their performance exposure by only protecting the traffic they think is likely to be infected with malware.

Because the TZ200 and TZ210 run nearly identical firmware, network managers who are looking for simple firewalling probably won't find much reason to jump to the higher price/performance point of the TZ210. If some of the advanced features of the TZ210, especially the Application Firewall, are important, those certainly differentiate the two models. Similarly, the reach and noise resistance of the TZ210 wireless is likely to be better than the TZ200, and that could be a reason to go for the higher-end model. However, the wireless TZ210 has a street price about 60% more than the TZ200, so for the performance offered, the TZ200 is a much better deal.

Snyder, a Network World Test Alliance partner, is a senior partner at Opus One in Tucson, Ariz. He can be reached at Joel.Snyder@opus1.com.

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