Networking Reviews
by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

SonicWall SonicWave Wireless Security Series Review

At the end of September, SonicWall released several new security products including the recently reviewed SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) 2650 firewall. As a complement to the core firewalls, SonicWall also updated its wireless access points. The new SonicWave family supports the 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard, includes eight antennas, and features 4x4 MU-MIMO technology to deliver maximum Wi-Fi performance, range and reliability. When the SonicWave units are paired with a SonicWall firewall with 2.5Gb/s native ports, the combination creates an uncompromising solution that delivers fast connectivity that is fully secured from network-based threats.

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by Adam Armstrong

SonicWall NSA 2650 Review

The SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) 2650 (and the rest of the NSA line) provides threat prevention and security to mid-sized networks, branch offices, and distributed enterprises. Like the full NSA line, the 2650 leverages SonicWall’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) engine and the new SonicOS 6.5 operating system. The NSA 2650 has ample connectivity with 22 ports: one console and 1GbE management port, four 2.5GbE SFP ports, four 2.5GbE ports, and twelve 1GbE ports. The firewall also comes with room for expansion, consisting of an expansion module as well as a 16GB storage module with room for an optional power supply to add further redundancy.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

In the Lab: SonicWall NSA 3600 Firewall Upgrade

We are in the process of upgrading our networking fabric; a major part of that includes moving to the NSA 3600 from the SonicWall Network Security Appliance (NSA) Midrange Firewall Series. Ideal for small to medium-sized corporate environments, this firewall series is highlighted by its advanced automated threat-prevention technologies. Previously, we used Sonicwall’s TZ500W, an easy-to-deploy, all-in-one SMB desktop firewall solution that is great for smaller-scale networks. Moving to an entry-enterprise rack platform, the NSA 3600 acts as a significant upgrade in our labs, offering 10G support with SFP+ ports and support for jumbo frames.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP NIC Review

Much like the recently reviewed Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx, today we will be looking at the traditional HHHL version of this NIC. The NIC is designed to add high bandwidth with low latency and a high message rate with its 25GbE transfer rate (though it is compatible with 10GbE as well). The NIC is ideal for next-generation web, Cloud, data analytics, database, and storage platform use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx Dual Port 25GbE DA/SFP rNDC NIC Review

The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx is a dual port network interface card (NIC) designed to deliver high bandwidth and low latency with its 25GbE transfer rate. What is interesting about this NIC is that it is designed specifically for the Dell PowerEdge line of servers (specifically the R630, R730, R730xd, and R930), slotting into the motherboard without taking up a traditional PCIe slot. The Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx aims to bring about all of the performance promise of the PowerEdge servers while not letting networking be the bottleneck that slows everything down.

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by Lyle Smith

NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch Review

The NETGEAR ProSAFE XS728T is touted as the industry's first 28-port (24 copper, 4 SFP+) 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch that is purpose-built for SMBs. Equipped with 10GBASE-T connectivity and Advanced L2+/Layer 3 Lite features, the new XS728T provides 10-Gigabit bandwidth at an affordable cost making it ideal for organizations such as businesses, government agencies, and educational facilities. Netgear also indicates that it can be leveraged at the center of a small business network or as an aggregation/access switch in larger organizations. This includes a workgroup access by connecting it to a 10-Gigabit NETGEAR ProSAFE Fully Managed Switch (such as the M6100) on one end and extending the 10G connections to the network edge.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch Review

Netgear switches are well-known for their value, performance, and reliability and are the frontrunners in their industry. We’ve reviewed many Netgear switches over the past several years, such as the Netgear ProSAFE Chassis M6100 Switch Series and Netgear ProSAFE Click Switch Series, and some play a vital role in the StorageReview lab when testing and reviewing enterprise products. Today, we will be looking at a unique switch targeting the Wave 2 11ac deployments; the ProSAFE M4200 Managed Switch. This switch has been built from the ground up in with a compact footprint for ease of deployment no matter the location. The M4200 switch can be used as a 10G aggregation switch for 802.11ac Wave 2 access points and NBASE-T endpoints at the WiFi edge of midsize organizations.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell SonicWALL TZ500 Firewall Review

The Dell SonicWALL TZ is an affordable, yet high-performing, line of enterprise-level firewalls designed for small and medium-sized businesses, remote and branch offices, and retail point-of-sale locations. SonicWALL TZ series offer these use cases an abundance of protection features as well as advanced security services that leverage on-box and cloud-based anti-malware, antispyware, intrusion prevention system, and URL filtering. Dell’s new line of firewalls are also specced to handle encrypted attacks as it is equipped with the processing punch needed to inspect encrypted SSL connections against the most recent threats. 

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear ProSAFE FVS336G VPN Firewall Review

The Netgear ProSAFE FVS336G is a VPN Firewall designed specifically for remote offices, branch offices, and telecommuters offering secure network access to headquarter locations. The FVS336G provides businesses with an extensive feature-set including Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), multiple VPN pass-throughs , Network Address Translation (NAT), AES, and 3DES Encryption, Denial of Service (DoS) protection and more. It also offers protection against DoS attacks and unwanted traffic as well as SYSLOG, and SNMP, which allow for detailed network monitoring.

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by Lyle Smith

Netgear WAC120 Wireless Access Point Review

The Netgear WAC120 Wireless Access Point is a dual band 802.11ac AP designed for home and small offices that demand both performance and cost effectiveness. It supports up to collective throughput of 1.2 Gbps (300 Mbps for 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps 802.11ac for 5 GHz) with the ability to operate in a standalone mode. Equipped with a user-friendly interface and a flexible desktop mounting stand, Netgear indicates that the WAC120 is built for easy setup, allowing users to simply connect to DSL gateway, routers, or cable modems. In addition, its Wireless Protected Setup (WPS) button gives clients an easy way for auto configuration.

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