Netgear has always had a keen focus on network security for smaller businesses and its ProSecure UTM range of appliances delivers plug-and-play protection at a low price.
The appliances provide the full gamut of security services and include an SPI firewall, IPS, anti-virus, anti-spam, URL category filtering, IM and P2P controls – plus support for IPsec and SSL VPNs. The top-of-the-range UTM25 on review also provides dual WAN ports for failover.
The UTM25 offers four Gigabit LAN ports, with the fourth also providing DMZ duties if required. The web interface is basic but intuitive and offers a quick-start wizard to help with LAN, WAN and security services configuration. You can add up to 800 of your own custom rules and apply QoS and bandwidth restriction profiles.
AV scanning can be applied to SMTP, POP3 and IMAP protocols and all signature and database updates are automated, with checks as often as every 15 minutes. Along with HTTP and FTP traffic, the appliance also scans HTTPS as standard, making the UTM25 even better value. For the price, Netgear is offering small businesses a bumper bundle of essential network security services. The UTM25 is very simple to install, offers a powerful partnership of AV, anti-spam and web filtering and delivers in the performance stakes.
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