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We need to do some upgrading and server maintenance for a 10 person business. The IT guy will be doing all the configuring and setup.

He recommended we purchase the SonicWall TZ 100/200.

We were wondering if Cisco or Netgear offers a comparable product that is as good that might be cheaper without compromising security? I see a lot on Amazon but I'm having problems comparing due to my lack of knowledge.

Also, is the TZ 200 a big jump over the TZ 100?


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edit:

well I couldn't wait we just bought the SonicWall TZ 105 for $269 - hope it works!
Edited by jamor - 2/15/13 at 10:44am
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TZ105s are pretty wimpy. It's going to bog down pretty bad if you are running GAV or any of the security services.

TZ200 or TZ210 should be the minimum just to allow for growth.
    
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We use a Sonicwall TZ 190 at work which is an older model. Gives us the ability to plug in a data card if a site's connection goes down. Used a lot for VPN ability.
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We use a lot of TZ100, TZ200 and a lot of sonicwall product. They are good, but not the best. If you look for the very best, go cisco (not the linksys ones, just cisco cisco ^^biggrin.gif)thumb.gif Tho, Cisco may be very priced, at a point that you pay for the brand a little.. There must be a line between the features it gives per what price you should put. SonicWall are very good products. If the IT recommends it, it may be because they know these particuliar routers and not the cisco, or it is maybe for the money saved, still getting a good product.
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Awesome thanks +REP

The Cisco was a little pricier especially if you wanted a good one with over 10 users so that was part of it since the TZ is unlimited.

I think it should work out and you're right - it's probably a little bit that he knows the product well too.

Feel good about our purchase
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Prior to the current generation of Sonicwalls (ie, with the TZ150, 170, 180, and 190) they came in 10 node, 25 node, and unlimited node versions. It was stupid. All of the newer generation units (100, 105, 200, 205, 210, 215) are unlimited.

Your daily dose of trivia, I guess.
    
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I prefer Drayteks
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TZ105s are pretty wimpy. It's going to bog down pretty bad if you are running GAV or any of the security services.

TZ200 or TZ210 should be the minimum just to allow for growth.

This.

The 100 series are pretty old and will generally limited your internet speed to about 20MB/Sec, even if you have higher.

The NSA 240's are a nice appliance for a small business, and the NSA 2400/3400 for mid sized locations. The 210's are nice for home.

They are pretty easy to set up (harder than your basic Linksys), and if you need VPN support, they are really nice.
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