WatchGuard - solid firewalls for small to medium businesses.
December 06, 2018

WatchGuard - solid firewalls for small to medium businesses.

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

Overall Satisfaction with WatchGuard NGFW

WatchGuard is one of the many firewall options utilized for my clients. They are terrific business-grade firewalls that protect networks against attacks and allow extremely customizable rules and filters to regulate traffic and end users. They are easy to configure and maintain and have all of the features that can be expected on an industry-grade firewall appliance.
  • Business-grade appliance with all of today's security features.
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention is one of the best out there.
  • Highly customizable content filtering can stop individuals, groups, or entire networks from accessing websites and categories.
  • Working within the web interface can sometimes be challenging, needing to use the Desktop Manager, software that requires installation.
  • Firmware updates are a bit "odd" in that they require downloading and installing a firmware version, then manually grabbing the files from the folder installed and pushing them to the appliance.
  • Excellent solution to protect local networks, very compatible with standard Windows networks.
  • Very competitively priced appliances even with security services.
  • Very good product for multi-site installations, work well together and in unison.
WatchGuard holds their own with all of these competitors. They all have the items they specialize in, but for the most part share the same host of features and options. WatchGuard's System Manager utility makes updating them very quick and efficient. They do lack the cloud administrative console that Meraki specializes in, but overall are very evenly paced.
WatchGuard is perfectly suited for small to medium businesses. They have a wide variety of models depending on size, bandwidth, and throughput. There are several large scale competitors and it is a fierce market, but WatchGuard is definitely holding their own when it comes to the appliance and security services suite provided.