WatchGuard Network Security

WatchGuard Network Security

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Network Security done Right!

10 out of 10
April 07, 2022
Here at TelAffects, we use WatchGuard Network Security, to protect our network from cyberattacks on our servers, windows pcs, and …
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Enterprise Level Security

10 out of 10
January 18, 2022
We have been using Watchguard Network Security products for over 15 years. The ease of installation, configuration and troubleshooting has …
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What is WatchGuard Network Security?

WatchGuard Network Security is a network security and firewall software. WatchGuard has been in the cyber security technology space for over 20 years. The vendor sees itself as a pioneer in the space, and aims to deliver easy-to-deploy and easy-to-manage solutions. WatchGuard offer a comprehensive advanced network security platform that puts IT security professionals back in charge of their network with widely deployable, enterprise-grade security and threat visibility tools suitable for an organization, regardless of budget, size or complexity. In addition to network security, WatchGuard includes secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence products and services. The vendor says this is important because the cyber security landscape is constantly evolving, and new threats emerge each day. WatchGuard's goal is to make enterprise-grade cyber security technology accessible for every company. The vendor reports that WatchGuard serves more than 80,000 small and midsize enterprises around the globe and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

WatchGuard Network Security Features

Firewall Features

  • Supported: Identification Technologies
  • Supported: Visualization Tools
  • Supported: Content Inspection
  • Supported: Policy-based Controls
  • Supported: Active Directory and LDAP
  • Supported: Firewall Management Console
  • Supported: Reporting and Logging
  • Supported: VPN
  • Supported: High Availability
  • Supported: Stateful Inspection
  • Supported: Proxy Server

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Chinese


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What is WatchGuard Network Security?

WatchGuard Network Security is a network security and firewall software. WatchGuard includes secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence products and services designed for SMB’s.

What is WatchGuard Network Security's best feature?

Reviewers rate Policy-based Controls highest, with a score of 9.3.

Who uses WatchGuard Network Security?

The most common users of WatchGuard Network Security are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.


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GILIAN HASS | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use WatchGuard in our company for edge firewall and security of our IT infrastructure. WatchGuard in our organization solves the issue of network security against attacks and external threats, and internal access control management to also prevent access to unwanted destinations, improper downloads, spam, etc. We use the solution in 3 units of the company and we interconnect the 3 with the WatchGuard VPN solution and it works perfectly.
  • Control of web access of devices within the network.
  • Automatic address blocking after successive external attack attempts.
  • VPN feature between WatchGuard devices very transparent and stable.
  • Simple and very functional Policy Manager management console.
  • Simple and reliable spamBlocker feature, really holding back suspicious emails.
  • The mobile security part could be part of the package, without being purchased separately.
  • WatchGuard Mobile VPN client could have a smartphone version as well, not just Windows/Mac.
  • Management Server feature could be more affordable to manage devices seamlessly.
WatchGuard has excellent features for enterprise network security, but some are only available in higher-cost versions that deliver high security, such as IPS, BOTNET, APT Blocker, SpamBlocker, etc. However, due to its rather high cost, it ends up being more interesting for medium-large companies, and lower-cost solutions for small companies do not have all these security functions, so in many cases, it ends up not being interesting for small companies.
I have WatchGuard fireware certification made a few years ago, so I had already made deployments in the past as a third party in companies, which allowed me to autonomously deploy the complete solution in the 3 units of our company, from firewall rule configurations, VPN between equipment, even access control rules and mobile VPN.
April 30, 2022

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Diego Carmignani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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WatchGuard Network Security is being used in my entire network: 2 datacenters and 10 ROBO. Each site has a cluster and all traffic is forwarded by SDWAN to the Headquarter.
  • High performance.
  • SD-WAN at low cost.
  • Enterprise class firewall.
  • L7 Firewall.
  • Firecluster Monitor.
  • Web interface + software.
Recommended to use in a ROBO or small/medium company. Easy to manage and deploy. Not recommended in top of rack or enterprise company because much feature is missing.
No. We are not using a provider.
Because i never receive a generic reply. Always review or messagges from technician
Fast response and when they needed more time they told us. It was really to analyze the problem
Because i would like the same interface on client SW and web interface
Score 8 out of 10
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Trade problems we do not have so far and luckily [WatchGuard Network Security] are stable that our scope is to keep it updated and if something unexpected happens you take the actions of place
  • ProxyScan work perfectly
  • Spamblocker I like it
  • Blocked Site the best
  • Update WatchGuard System manager could be more easier to do it
  • Traffic monitor more friendly
  • WatchGuard [Network Security] Dimension and data loss prevention must be more usable and promoted
Suited: Filtering mails, blocking site, geolocation, Less appropriate: sso and vpn client more stable, updates more easy
I'm pretty happy with our WatchGuard partner(CSTISA) his owner Angel Chaljub and his special support guy Moises Mejia are the best for those guys I'll never change WatchGuard I love it. I've recommended CSTISA and his team to another company based on my experience with them.
Score 10 out of 10
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Here at TelAffects, we use WatchGuard Network Security, to protect our network from cyberattacks on our servers, windows pcs, and Chromebooks. We also use it to direct web traffic to the correct pages and stop users from accessing web pages that are not company-approved or not suitable for a working environment.
  • WatchGuard Network Security appliances are sized based on throughput & capacity, with even the smallest firewalls having advanced security features.
  • Licensing model is flexible based on need.
  • The fact that you can register your device in the portal by serial number and ascribe policies and services to your access point.
  • There is not much to dislike sometimes if any new feature is needed. Submitting the request will get the ball rolling to add the feature.
  • It takes a little bit of work to set up personal allow-lists and exclusions using RegEx to allow things that ordinarily should be blocked.
  • It has a slightly high cost compared to other competitors, even though it has much more developed features.
Here at TelAffects, WatchGuard Network Security is used to efficiently control the use of our network, With being able to control the network we block daily cyber-attacks and phishing schemes to our employees. We also use it to allow remote users to VPN to our network to work more efficiently.
Worked directly through WatchGuard. I wasn't part of the purchasing process. The system was already in place when arrived at TelAffects. The service that I've been here for has been amazing. We ordered more access points and firebox and the customer service and the step-by-step help were outstanding.
Score 10 out of 10
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In my organization, WatchGuard Network Security is used to efficiently control the use of our network and to be able to deliver under internet policies in the safest way for all our users. We apply application control policies, bandwidth management, and control via navigation proxy. In this way, we avoid improper use in our organization of internet resources.
  • Internet packet filtering.
  • Application policy control
  • navigation control through proxy.
  • Should improve control of who or what consumes the bandwidth.
  • must improve to know which devices are connected to the network.
In my own experience, WatchGuard Network Security is very good at creating packet filtering and application control policies. In this way, correct management of the internet and the applications that access it can be carried out without being always concerned about their control at all times. With WatchGuard Network Security, if you have a good organization of your policies, you can be working very calmly. In what scenario do I consider that if they should improve it is to be able to verify which devices and on which web pages my bandwidth is being consumed. Being able to take quick measures to solve a situation of that magnitude is WatchGuard Network Security should improve a lot.
For the purchase and implementation, we work hand in hand with Cstisa. At the moment we have found a very professional partnet and it always goes hand in hand with any questions or problems that arise using WatchGuard Network Security. I can say that I am very satisfied with the work that Cstisa has done.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use WatchGuard Network Security at all our sites and also customer locations as the primary firewall. We have fireboxes deployed at sites with more than 1000+ users and smaller sites that only have 10-20 users.
  • Simplicity of setup
  • Straight forward management
  • Network Monitor for troubleshooting
  • User interface
  • Performance / $
  • Solid security subscriptions
  • Better cloud management / central management for multi site
  • Improve some of the subscription services
  • WSM UI update, looks like 2000 program
Any business that is looking for a high-performance network security appliance. They have solutions for all sizes, and the security platform is pretty decent. Troubleshooting config is so much easier than on Fortinet or SW. Performance /$ is top-notch, and the UI is straightforward and logical and doesn't involve three extra steps to do one.
Score 8 out of 10
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WatchGuard Network Security is used for our entire organisation and branches to allow for VPN connectivity between offices.
  • UTM
  • VPN
  • Network Security
  • Continued support of EOL product
  • More competitive pricing compared to competitor
  • Bring back telephone support for this region
It is suitable for establishing secured VPN connections between branch offices.
I worked with local WatchGuard reseller, Bitlink System Sdn Bhd. They are a reliable source of support for WatchGuard products.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use many WatchGuard products for our business and clients including network firewalls. We and our clients need to be able to comply with various regulations and best practices and WatchGuard network security products help us do that. The value of the hardware and features is comparable to the top brands.
  • Protects the network using the latest technologies
  • Helps with regulation compliance
  • Easy to use management and diagnostic tools
  • Better pricing and discounts for non-profits or academic users
  • Offer customizable integration with RMM tools
  • Add more information to DNSWatch for user education
WatchGuard Network Security is a great choice for any type of environment from small shops, to multi-site corporations or manufacturing. The low cost of entry and ability to upgrade security tools fits into almost any budget. Functionality is continually improved via free updates. I would recommend this product to all clients.
We are a WatchGuard partner and are very happy with the partner program. We are given the tools and resources to succeed. Anytime we need support they are fast to react with good solutions. This allows us to provide additional discounts to clients. The portal is easy to use and full featured.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use a pair of Watchguards in our data center, and we also deploy them for customers that we support and manage. For a few customers, we have WatchGuard Network Security configured as the main network perimeter firewalls behind a gateway from the ISP and also acting as the site-to-site VPN gateway and SSL remote access VPN for users when working from home.
  • URL filtering
  • SSL Remote access VPNs
  • Live logs when troubleshooting
  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • High availability and failover
  • The reset process could be simplified, at the moment its a bit tricky
  • Provide switch ports for use in small offices
  • Force users to upgrade the firmware, security is of paramount importance these days
Depending on the requirements, you can get a model to suit any environment. As mentioned, we have them in our data center, and we deploy them on customer sites and branch offices. They have all the features found in some high-end firewalls, and yet they have a more affordable price tag. Licensing is very straightforward compared to some high-end ones where you have to call support every time you deploy to get help.
For a number of years, we worked with Wickhill, and we always found them very helpful. Always happy to deal with the support guys at Wickhill.
Score 10 out of 10
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I use WatchGuard Network Security as my main security firewall. It is essential for controlling all permisions an access to the internet of all users in the companie by filtering and granting specific navigation rules to the internet. It helps me to connect with tecnology service providers with secure easy to setup VPNs.
  • Branch office VPN Tunnels are very easy to setup.
  • Firewall rules are very specific and easy to setup to controll internet access.
  • Mobile VPN software is light and easy to setup and run with end users.
  • Network configurations and NAT are very easy to setup and implement.
  • I will like to see more improvments in filtering the firebox system manager's traffic monitor.
  • The bandwidth meter needs more improvments with filtering multiple networks in the same firewall.
  • It needs a really good sniffering tool when looking for network issues.
It cost is very good. It is easy to set up and go and it is very flexible in any scenario where we need firewall, NAT services, VPN for users and VPN tunnels.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use and recommend WatchGuard firewalls as they are a solid product with a great feature set, competitive pricing, and great support. Their multiple management interfaces make configuration and adjustments easier than others. Their security services suite is a great way to help ensure your business network remains safe.
  • Security Services
  • VPN
  • Single pane management for all their product line up
WatchGuard is a solid product all around, I recommend them pretty much to all clients unless cost is a significant obstacle.
We are a partner
Score 9 out of 10
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We use the Firewall with the network options to protect our network. We use the VPN between remote offices , also mobile VPN for users outside of the office. The Firewall has great options to protect the network from the Global threats that are being implemented, block unwarted IP's that try to attack the network etc.
  • Global Attacks
  • IP scanning
  • Email scanning
  • Web site scanning
  • VPN
  • Mobile VPN
  • Trusted Networks
  • Blocked IP
  • Better Traffic logs to read
  • Traffic Analyzer
The Firewalls has many models for different size and different needs by companies to protect in many ways
We purchase the units on our own from Tech Data
They know their products well and software
Sean McGree | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We have adopted the entire WatchGuard stack and found that the support from both a sales and service perspective has been excellent. The team is very responsive and the products are at the level you would expect of a world class security company. By increasing their offering to include endpoint security, threat detection, and response services, WatchGuard is our preferred supplier for security solutions which makes our job of selling and supporting these products a lot easier. Very happy to recommend WatchGuard to both end users and other MSP's such as ourselves.
  • Firewall
  • Network Security
  • Wireless Security
  • Endpoint protection for servers
  • Functionality on the MFA product
WatchGuard is a great solution for small to large companies here in Australia. Pricing is quite competitive for the type of services that they offer and there is the ability to scale for large bandwidth requirements. The technical team is very helpful and the sales team have provided us great sales support that helps us to win and maintain deals.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have been using Watchguard Network Security products for over 15 years. The ease of installation, configuration and troubleshooting has always been the biggest selling point with us. The platform offers the granularity of management features normally found with a CLI native interphase built into a GUI management stack. The security features are on par with all of the big-name firewall providers but normally at a fraction of the cost. Support is only a phone call away when issues arise and their channel support has been top-notch.
  • Ease of management
  • Channel support
  • Monitoring tools
  • Training
  • 3rd party Radius Integration
Watchguard Network Security devices offer enterprise-level security and functionality at a fraction of the cost of some other big-name firewalls. The policy and system manager programs offer incredibly simple management and monitoring as well as offline configuration review. Their commitment to channel support makes it very easy to work with them in sales and support.
Score 10 out of 10
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I have been using Watchguard Firewalls for over 5 years. We use them to provide perimeter security for our clients both big and small. We look after a large client base, with clients ranging from 5-500, previously it has been difficult to find a solution that is affordable to clients in SME and enterprise. It is very useful that we can recommend Watchguard as a solution to any client or business whether they are 5 or 500 users, and be able to offer enterprise-grade features like IPS, gateway AV, DLP, zero-day threat protection, and advanced endpoint protection but have it scaled to the size of their business. Being able to manage all the devices under one account in Dimension makes managing multiple clients easy as well, especially when you have a large client base to look after.
  • Primiter Firewall.
  • Central Management.
  • Gateway AV.
  • Zero-Day Threat Protection.
  • Smaller T series units can lack power.
  • Better VPN APP aimed at IT personnel.
  • Built-in 2 factor auth without using authpoint.
If you need all the features of an enterprise-grade firewall then a Watchguard is an excellent choice. Large enterprises have a lot of options for this however SME customers may find that a lot of hardware has too great a price tag for their budget, Watchguard is perfect in this scenario as they are completely scalable. The enterprise-level hardware is excellent too. If a customer needs IPS, Gateway AV, DLP, Zero Day protection, VPN, redundancy/high availability, endpoint protection (Threat Detection and Response) Web proxying, URL protection, and more then I would be recommending them a WatchGuard firewall.
Nuvias are the provider we use for procurement and training. We are very happy with the service they provide.
Score 9 out of 10
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We are on our third replacement of the Watchguards, and the replacement process is always easy and fast. The new M390 models are extremely fast, and we are beyond happy with the performance.
  • IDP
  • Ease of use
  • Management
  • stability
  • Per IP packet filter
  • Email, web form submission support is slow to respond
Ease of use, simplicity of setup. Corporate use is fantastic with remote sites all using Watchguard. Watchguard covers most bases when needing a solution, except for the very very large installations, although with the new models that seem to be covered. I really like how easy it is to upgrade and replace older models with new models with very little change.
Just to purchase it, we installed it ourselves. Claritech sold us the firewalls and was fantastic to work with, very responsive, and very helpful. Always answering any questions and even following up with us after the sale to ensure everything had gone well. Very happy to have a local company to offer these services.
Score 9 out of 10
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We [have been] using WatchGuard [Network Security] firewalls since 2004. We have used it to create VPN tunnels between offices and also MUVPN for remote users. We used its anti-spam and web security in [the] past to fight the growing spam emails issue as well as protect us from malicious websites. It's a simple and great product that you can use to protect your network.
  • Protects my network with security policies
  • Connects remote offices with VPN tunnels
  • Connects remote users with mobile user VPN clients
  • The logging could be better
  • Web interface is slow
  • Anti-spam policy customization is not available
We are using WatchGuard [Network Security] to protect our network. This can easily be accomplished by creating policies. Creating policies are very simple and straight forward. We can create as many policies as we need to accommodate individual needs. We have different departments that have specific needs when it comes to [protecting] users, allowing specific network resources, MUVPN for remote users, etc. The logging and bandwidth usage interface [are] there but sometimes it's really hard to figure out the problem we are troubleshooting. If someone is using high bandwidth then we have to use some third party tools like wireshark to figure [it] out.
We buy products from vendors but we configure [them] ourselves. They are so easy to configure. We have called WatchGuard tech support if we needed any help.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have used Watchguard Network Security as the main firewall of the hospital for more than 10 years. We have implemented security policies such as HTTP-HTTPS-Proxys, SMTP-Proxys, etc. We believe you were one of the first manufacturers to become aware of the importance of APT Blocker protection. In addition, we also use it as access and control of VPNs.
  • APT Blocker
  • HTTP-Proxy Inspection
  • Quarantine Server
  • Threat Detection
  • DNS Watch
  • Data Loss Prevention
  • VPN over IPSEC
In our more than 10 years of experience, we have not suffered any security mishap to a greater extent due to the protection of WatchGuard Network security. It is a fact that during these years it has been making enough security improvements to remain one of the market leaders in security.
The solution was sold to us by the company SIP Soluciones Informáticas Profesionales and we are very happy with their support. They set up the first most important rules and have advised us on how to do the next ones. They have also resolved the few incidents that we have had.
Score 10 out of 10
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WatchGuard [Network Security] provides a reliable and simple to configure unified threat management firewall appliance, and software add-on features that are a gamechanger for the 100+ companies that I've provided this solution for. Unlike other products, we find it provides a reliable WAN connection, and branch office VPN connectivity that can be counted on. Power cycling routers, rekeying VPN tunnels, and other performance issues that are common with other product brands are not a worry any longer once a WatchGuard [Network Security] solution is in place. Firmware updates are simple to apply and occur regularly. Device configurations can be applied to devices with newer firmware, and device and subscription costs are reasonable. The spam filtering features are excellent for both novice and advanced users to configure, and technical support is based in North America, and always available. Value-added features such as the Dimension server offered by this company allow for the review and searching of detailed traffic logs so that you can always be certain why a particular incoming email message was filtered out by the spam filtering system. This makes it very simple to modify rules and whitelists to ensure all messages arrive. Locating and releasing spam messages from quarantine could not be simple. I highly recommend WatchGuard Network Security hardware and subscription services to ensure a solid defense from all cyber security threats that could negatively impact an otherwise unprotected organization.
  • Reliable performance with no down-time
  • Spam filtering
  • Virus and malware protection
  • Technical support real-time chat support
  • More competitive pricing
  • Need a simpler way to apply a 3rd party SSL certificate to the quarantine server
Well suited to the small to medium sized business
Not suitable to the SOHO market due to expensive product and licensing fees
We find that Paragon Micro is an excellent WatchGuard Security partner. We're very happy with their service.
Score 9 out of 10
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Today we use the WatchGuard Network Security solution to perform our network perimeter protection, protection for our users to access the internet, allow a remote secure connection to external users working away [from] the company through the use of SSL VPN, and interconnection between company sites using VPN IPSec with ikev2.
  • Web Content Filter
  • SSO to authenticate users
  • Cluster Functionallity
  • Troubleshooting tools
  • Application Control
  • Agentless client VPN
  • Sandboxing Malware analisys
The WatchGuard Network Security is well suited to * For a distributed Company ( a lot of sites) * Location with a few numbers of people ( the solution has a price very interesting) * Locations have a lot of internet links where is need balance the use by all of them And less appropriated to: * Scenario where is needed a very powerful application control rules * Scenarios where is needed a high efficiency in malware analysis with the use of sand
Actually, we are a Watchguard Partner so we purchase the product with a distributor of WatchGuard here in brazil called API Digital. The experience with this distributor is very well because no with just sell subjects him could help, Too in some cases where a proof of concept is necessary the distributor help us with appliance and experts in some matters.
Score 10 out of 10
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With the WatchGuard [Network Security on] Firefox, we address a lot of security issues to the organization and the end-user. We use [the] Total Security bundle with all the subscription services configured. [With] Web blocker, IPS and Application Control, we can control potential security issues. With Host Sensor, we can mitigate the spread of ransomware attacks.
  • Web blocker
  • Gateway AV
  • APT blocker
  • TDR
  • DNS Watch
  • Dimension
  • Policies configuration
  • Traffic management
  • DLP
WatchGuard Network Security can be used in almost all scenarios because it provides great security with a lot of features. [I] can't see any scenario that you can't [use] WatchGuard [Network Security]. Several models can be chosen for different types of scenarios. You really can't go wrong with WatchGuard [Network Security on] Firefox.
No, I'm certified in WatchGuard Network Security.
Score 10 out of 10
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Scope: My client depended on me to design the security system from the ground up within their budget. This meant covering the workstations, laptops, and server room. Challenges: The client had outgrown their original design and was concerned that the old security setup was not meeting their needs. Emails were not filtered enough and staff were constantly reminded to be on their guard. In addition, malware and other threats were targeting the workstations. Not frequently, but enough to be on their radar. Staff was found to be browsing improper websites and the concern was that it was not being actively monitored. This led to concerns regarding the abuse of bandwidth for downloading other material not related to the business. WatchGuard Solutions: The network was redesigned and we selected the Firebox Appliance with Total Security Suite. This included gateway filtering for viruses and malware, website category blocker, firewall active log recording, and file download protection. We also added the VPN aspect for remote workers. RESULT - WatchGuard was implemented with very tight controls. At its best, it protected the network from a ransomware attack. We could not save the infected workstation, but the payload was not delivered, so the servers remained secure and untouched.
  • Firewall - IPS active blocking
  • Firewall - Geo blocking
  • Firewall - authentication methods
  • Firewall - real time log monitoring
  • The best filtering is done using proxy scanning. It is also the hardest aspect to understand and least documented.
  • Updating the firmware (so the threat signatures) should be scheduled or automated.
  • Critical alerts and notifications for those on support programs, should not be optional. Patching or updating the firewall should be first priority.
WatchGuard firebox appliances are well suited to small and medium businesses. These units are priced well for the value and importance of security. WatchGuard further uses one operating system which is constantly updated as opposed to most smaller devices which use the end of the term to discontinue support. WatchGuard also provides significant motivation to continue to buy the newer models by offering a significant discount after a 3-year term which is a reasonable time to change a critical security device. My only gripe is that the Red for Red offer is not available permanently. After all, this is a dedicated offer only to your active clients.
NA - we are a reseller / service provider to our clients.
December 27, 2021

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Score 10 out of 10
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We use the product to protect our network. We also recommend this product to our customers. The product is used as a gateway. We are an MSP and find the solution very solid.
  • Secures the network
  • Webblocker
  • Stable
  • No ability to reset the power on the POE port.
This is a staple product in our portfolio of solutions that we recommend to our customers.
We are the partner.
Score 9 out of 10
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Watchguard M200 Firewall device is providing the first point of defense from internet and external connections. We are depending on this firewall to prevent unauthorized access from an external network, allow secure access from remote locations using VPN for authorized users, limit internal users using unauthorized applications, log all communication going through the gateway for future analysis, virus and malware scan at the gate as well as routing between multiple local subnets. Watchguard firewall device provides a complete one device solution for small to medium size company looking for a device [that] can be easily set up and maintained. Compare to Cisco or Sonicwall devices, the setup process takes a lot less time for a small installation.
  • VPN Tunnel setup
  • Firewall policy setup for port based internal service
  • Remote VPN User Setup
  • The number of DNS servers supported is only 2 or 3 depending on the model, 4 or more could make it easier for network clients who want to set up redundant DNS environment
  • I can use more tools to help analysis of incoming and outgoing traffic
Companies with less than 200 nodes looking for simple yet reliable gateway security can use the WatchGuard firewall device. It will cost less and take less time to deploy. Small companies who want to introduce firewalls to the organization the first time or replace aging ones will find WatchGuard devices very attractive. For bigger installations [that] may require multiple networks to be connected together, I found it a little challenging to maintain multiple connections through multiple networks.
As a reseller of WatchGuard, I always work with the client's IT team for product recommendation to implementation. When I need support, WatchGuard tech support provides professional support within hours in most cases. One time I worked with tech support hours to solve the problem continuously until finished. They also support communication with networks using other brands, which was really helpful when you need to set up and maintain multiple network integration projects.
Score 9 out of 10
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Every day I help my customers and companies to increase their corporate security by implementing the security solutions offered by WatchGuard and improving my product knowledge to increase my deployment and configuration capabilities. I manage customers centrally thanks to the MSSP platform offered by WatchGuard and I understand every day how to protect the work environment.
  • UTM Firewall
  • Perimetral protecion
  • Endpoint security
  • Central management
  • Central management could be improved
  • A service that permits to have a list of sites, domains, and IPs of public services, like Microsoft O365 and others, for use it into a policy for a permit for example for users to surf only on this site or services.
  • log monitor cab be improved with the possibility to add more filters with "AND" or "OR" logical operators, now is possible only one filter
  • I expect that Watchguard implement a new SD-WAN where it is possible to use two or more WANs and have two or more BOVPN tunnels up and active simultaneously like another brand (example force point)
WatchGuard is well suited for perimetral protection and for the ease of implementing rules. WatchGuard is a little weak in the BOVPN tunnel because although there are multi wan internet connections, there is only one tunnel up at the time. so if a failure on wan happens, it loses more packets on the BOVPN until the second tunnel switches on.
No, I an a Security partner
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