Well, our article is titled “5 Popular Work-From-Home Network Firewalls for 2021”. The above are the chosen contenders. That said, the WatchGuard T15 deserves “honorable mention.”
For lower relative bandwidth needs, the Watchguard Firebox T15 may be a fine solution.
The Firebox T-15 is equipped with three 1 GbE ports. Users also get five branch office VPNs and five mobile VPNs, as well as the stateful, and deep packet, inspection many ‘pro’ users appreciate in a firewall. With stateful inspection, the firewall uses an approved, ‘safe state’ as a baseline for checking for anomalies - which could be threats. Deep packet inspection enables the firewall to look beyond the basic header information of data packets, gleaning insights into threats hidden in the packets themselves.
The Firebox T15 works at both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands for more connection options. It also has three gigabit Ethernet ports to set up your LAN and WAN. You can also easily connect to a VPN using a simple drag-and-drop setup feature. Users can get up to 120 Mbps (IMIX) of throughput with firewall protection, 150 Mbps VPN (UDP 1518) throughput, or 46 Mbps VPN (IMIX) throughput.
When all unified threat management (UTM) features are turned on, you’ll experience up to 90 Mbps of filtered content streaming through to your network. At only 7.5” by 6.0”, the Firebox T-15 is a small footprint play that suffices well for low network bandwidth needs. However, for users that may need protection at higher speeds, the Firebox T15 may cause a significant bottleneck in their network.
The Firebox T15 starts at around $360 with one year of Basic Security included, $195 a year after the first year, and around $600 with one year of Total Security Suite included, $406 a year after the first year.
- Covers security and VPN feature bases well
- Expensive with all security options enabled, and throughput bound
The global movement of workers from office to home has led to a need for a home firewall / VPN solution that outstrips the capabilities of more commonly used consumer-grade appliances. Buyers need solutions that provide greater control over configuration specifics and more effectively match up to their internet connection speed. And, they want devices that are quiet, aesthetically pleasing, and don’t break the bank. A sizable array of solutions are available in the $200 - $600 price range, and a given vendor may even have multiple price-point solutions in that band. The five network firewalls highlighted above, with one honorable mention, offer readers a good cross section of popular options.
Each lives in the space between consumer-grade and heavier commercial-grade segments and makes them solid options for work-from-home professionals. Each has its respective pros and cons across the spectrum of security and VPN feature set, performance (the attribute which most importantly defines this market space), and price - both initial and annual recurring.
Check them out in detail to select the best solution for your household needs, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a safe and performant work-from-home environment.