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- Strengths: This is a fully loaded feature rich UTM
- Weaknesses: None that we found.
- Verdict: Solid performance, good pricing and excellent functionality all combine to make this our Best Buy for the month.
The SonicWALL TZ 210 Wireless-N is one of the most feature-rich UTMs that we have seen. It includes a lot of great security and protection features, providing not only the basics, such as firewall, IPS and gateway anti-virus, but also built-in Wi-Fi support with security and a full web content filtering suite complete with IM and P2P filters. Setup was straightforward.
The initial setup is guided by an easy-to-follow configuration wizard. Using this wizard, the machine is pretty much completely configured in only a few minutes. All other administration is done from the clean and organized web GUI. This GUI is intuitive to navigate. The tree-based navigation pane is well-organized and categories are clear.
Policy configuration is simple as well, with all the security services organized in one place. From here it is easy to turn on the IPS, gateway AV and web content filtering. We also liked the many wizards that are included with the appliance. There are wizards for setup, port assignment, setting access to public servers, VPN setup and Wi-Fi setup. There is also an easy-to-read dashboard, which can provide worldwide attack and virus statistics and local, near real-time statistics as well.
Documentation includes a detailed, getting-started guide in hard-copy format, which provides in-depth initial setup and configuration steps for all the appliance features. Other manuals are in PDF format and include a SonicOS administrator's guide, which takes over where the getting-started guide leaves off. It provides advanced configuration information. All manuals have many screen shots and step-by-step configuration instructions.
SonicWALL offers phone and email technical support for 90 days free, including firmware updates in the purchase price of the appliance. After 90 days, customers can buy support agreements of varying levels. There is also an expansive support website, which includes product documentation, downloads, FAQs, a knowledge base and forums.
At just under $1,100, we find the TZ 210 Wireless-N to be an excellent value for the money. It is loaded with features, which are easy to use and easy to manage.