Great features, scalable, cost effective solution.
November 21, 2022

Great features, scalable, cost effective solution.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with WatchGuard Network Security

We have ran Watchguard firewalls in our business for years and when paired with the Total Security solution have found them to offer a very cost effective, user friendly and powerful tool that forms the backbone of our network security.
  • packet filtering and inspection
  • reporting and visibility
  • Malware protection
  • mfa/user authentication
  • Web Blocker can be difficult to administer and troubleshoot, can cause parts of websites to not function if not configured correctly. eg forms, pop-ups, redirects etc.
  • The documentation could be more user friendly, it is sometimes difficult to find certain information and the manuals can send you around in circles sometimes.
  • Great functionality when you take up the subscription services.
  • Good total cost of ownership and upgrade paths
  • Very scalable solution
When we trade in the firewall for the newer model we will also take out the added implementation service. This allows the current config to be backed up, checked for best practice/inconsistencies and rebuilt on the new device. This is always carried out efficiently and allows us to plug and play when migrating devices. Much reccomended.
Very satisfied, it is carried out by Watchguard experts who can walk you through the features and discuss best practice.
The single license model helps to keep things simple, easy to apply and makes quoting/renewals straight forward as you dont need to compare multiple offerings like with some products.
We use SonicWall TZ boxes in our small branch offices for their simplicity and low cost and Watchguard in our larger head office due to its scalability, we find both products work well together when configuring WAN's using branch office VPN's.

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Great product, allows us to create secure site to site vpn's where users authenticate with mfa via the Authpoint app. User security can be defined in AD groups and are authenticated via single sign on. Gives good overall visibility of the network via logs and reports.
The intital set up/config is a more involved process than with the TZ SonicWalls, so far small office setups it may not be the best option, however it does scale up extremely well into the mid size market.

WatchGuard Network Security Feature Ratings

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