WatchGuard - Protecting your network doesn't need to break the bank.
December 14, 2019

WatchGuard - Protecting your network doesn't need to break the bank.

Steve Davis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with WatchGuard Network Security

Watchguard was used as a firewall appliance for our small to medium businesses we provided consulting services for. It was used at the edge of the network to provide basic and next-gen firewall services. We deployed Watchguard at our own offices, as well as our datacenter and in our customer networks.

Pros

  • Easy to deploy. Does not require specific CLI knowledge to implement.
  • Traffic analyzer tools.

Cons

  • policy based routing with dual WAN can require some fine tuning
  • more in depth CLI for troubleshooting would be a nice to have for when its needed
  • ROI is always great as you can get a WatchGuard for a much more reasonable price than competitors.
  • Using WatchGuard as our endpoints allowed for greater mobility with SSL, IPSec VPNs.
Diamond Technologies is a Watchguard Network Security partner and who I worked for. As an implementer all of our customers were happy with the cost of the appliance, the implementation of the solution, and the features with which they obtained. All of my clients were satisfied knowing their network was protected by a quality firewall.
The overall usability gets a good rating as the WatchGuard firewalls are fairly easy to deploy. One does not have to have knowledge of their CLI structure to deploy it which makes it easier for a wider range of people. I would prefer to have a more in-depth CLI myself, however, the lack of requirement to use it for deployment, in my opinion, makes the usability easier for more people.
The majority of all implementations went really well and without any major headaches. Some of the more advanced deployments take a little time and care to get the configuration just right. The example I was thinking of was dual-WAN failover with SIP trunks. Setting up the policy-based routing, failover config to make sure each SIP trunk every time went out the specific WAN interface takes a little extra configuration but works really well once all is said and done.
The single appliance makes network protection easy to deploy and implement. Many companies don't have a full time IT staff, so simplifying the product stack and making it easy for companies to purchase, implement, and maintain is a benefit to many.
I find Watchguard much easier to deploy and maintain than Sonicwall devices. I find they offer a comparable range of products and features, however, I liked the deployment process of Watchguards much more. The Cisco ASA is a great firewall as well, however, can require more in-depth knowledge to deploy. Watchguard dual WAN functionality is better than the ASA as well which requires routers outside of the ASA to maintain a true dual WAN setup.
WatchGuard has a ton of features for a very reasonable price. We utilized it as a simple edge firewall, but also in a more complex environment with dual WAN, policy-based routing, SIP gateway, next-gen features, etc. You would pay a lot more money with some other providers for similar features.

WatchGuard Network Security Feature Ratings

Identification Technologies
Not Rated
Visualization Tools
Not Rated
Content Inspection
8
Policy-based Controls
7
Active Directory and LDAP
Not Rated
Firewall Management Console
9
Reporting and Logging
8
VPN
7
High Availability
9
Stateful Inspection
9
Proxy Server
Not Rated

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