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    SOHO Firewalls

    Ok, this is Networking a little more than a home but.. <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>
    I have a friend that has a small business. They have no internet at this time. He is ordering DSL so he can go out and compare the competitions prices while on the phone with customers.
    There are 16 computers on their Win 98 P2P network. <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15> Their "server" is the customer database that has lots of credit card numbers in it. It is a DOS based program.
    He wants to connect himself and his brother only to the internet. They have tried dial up <img src=/S/yawn.gif border=0 alt=yawn width=15 height=15> but it takes "too long" to research the prices.
    If he lets these two systems on the net the all are vunerable.
    Ther is no need for VPN. I am looking at the following units but would greatly appreciate your input.
    SonicWall SOHO 3/10
    SnapGear Pro +
    3Com OfficeConnect Firewall 25
    Symanatec Firewall/VPN 100

    Your time is greatly appreciated

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    Re: SOHO Firewalls

    I have used a SonicWall in the past. If you don't need the extra cost content filtering, I think they offer a good feature set. SonicWall has been criticized for rapidly introducing new models and stranding owners of previous models without firmware updates. I don't know much about that; presumably there's buzz on the web or usenet about it.

    You also might want to add FireBox SOHO 6 to the list. Watchguard is a well-regarded vendor in this field, although I don't have any firsthand experience with its products.

    Have you seen PC Magazine's recent article Keep Hackers Out: Part Two, Professional Edition? For offices of fewer than 20 employees, they say, "Very small offices would be fine with low-cost broadband routers with SPI firewalls; these devices can be had for $200 to $300 (see "Keep Hackers Out: Personal Edition")." Recommendations for these less expensive router-based firewalls can be found in EDITORS' CHOICE Hardware Firewalls.

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    Re: SOHO Firewalls

    Those articles were very good, I thank you.
    I am going to suggest the SOHO3/10 (However I think I would like the Pro+ due to VPN abilities)
    Norton Internet Security 2003 for the two machines that connect to the net and the "server"
    Zone Alarm (freeware) for the workstations not connecting to the net.

    Again thanks a Million <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

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