Netgear Increases Wi-Fi and Internet Security with the Latest Prosafe Firewall

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The ProSafe 802.11n Wireless-N VPN Firewall aims to combine wireless and wired security into a single package that brings high-speed access and management ease to the SMB office, while challenging SonicWall’s dominance.

Over the years, SonicWall has become the dominating vendor for branch offices looking for wireless and wired security appliances. The company has enjoyed an impressive success rate with their TZ series of appliances, thanks mostly to the channel. So much so, that most solution providers tend to look no further than SonicWall for small-scale security solutions. The company’s success has started to impact the small and midsize market and SonicWall is beginning to become a favorite among solution providers servicing those offices.

NetGear aims to upset SonicWall’s apple cart and put an end to the company’s growth in the SMB sector with the ProSafe series of security appliances. NetGear has focused on meeting SonicWall’s products feature for feature in the contentious small, midsize and branch office markets.

The NetGear ProSafe 802.11n Wireless-N VPN Firewall, almost a dead ringer for SonicWall’s TZ180 Firewall, with a few exceptions. ProSafe features 802.11n, which promises higher throughput than the TZ180’s 802.11 b/g wireless radios.

What’s more, the NetGear unit comes with a sticker price of $485, as compared with the TZ180’s MSRP of $790. To be fair, one must admit that the TZ180 does come with more user licenses and works well in a branch office. That said, when it comes to the stand-alone SMB Office, the SonicWall Unit offers features that will go unused, such as enterprise management dashboards and multisite to multisite encryption tunnels.

Simply put, if you are looking to roll up a bunch of branch offices into a centralized enterprise environment, the ProSafe 802.11n Wireless-N VPN Firewall is not for you. On the other hand, the SonicWall TZ180 may not be a good fit for the small office, where site-to-site connectivity and advanced management features are not needed.





Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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