Installing and Using the ZyWall USG100By Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-09-08 Email Print
With the ZyWall USG100 Unified Threat Management appliance, Zyxel dares to go beyond the firewall concept and tread where Symantec, Sonicwall, Fortinet and WatchGuard reign supreme.
Administrators will find the unit very easy to deploy. After plugging the unit in, administrators simply point a Web browser at a default address to download a security certificate and access the installation wizard.
Zyxel really did its homework when it comes to easy setup. The setup wizard starts by offering a choice of either a single ISP or dual ISP configuration. The dual ISP portion of the wizard autopopulates the options for connecting to two separate ISPs and helps administrators define whether those connections should be used for failover or high availability or be bonded together.
Other setup chores are wizard-driven, but administrators may want to turn to the product's quick-start guide to make setup easier. Zyxel includes a CD with the USG100 that contains comprehensive documentation in PDF form. The very detailed documentation offers diagrams and tips on how to deploy the device.
Administrators will definitely want to refer to
the documentation to define rules, roles and zones. The device offers a high
level of configurability, allowing it to address the most arcane of
implementations. Luckily, an abundance of examples are included in the
documentation to make the setup chores as easy as possible. The documentation
also sports several tutorials that will help administrators get quickly up to
speed on the intricacies of the product and also can educate administrators on
many of the standards and terms used by today's security devices.