WatchGuard XTM [EOL] Review

The multi-WAN feature allows us to configure multiple external interfaces but the initial setup always is complex.


What is most valuable?

  • Traffic management
  • QoS
  • Many others

How has it helped my organization?

The multi-WAN feature allows us to configure multiple external interfaces. You have several options to control which interface an outgoing packet uses, and one option is 'Round-Robin.' When you configure multi-WAN with the 'Round-Robin' method, the XTM device looks at its internal route table to check for specific static or dynamic routing information for each connection.

The route table includes both routes, and you need to configure them on the device. If no specified route is found, the XTM device distributes the traffic load among its external interfaces. The XTM device uses the average of sent (TX) and received (RX) traffic to balance the traffic load across all external interfaces you specify in your round-robin configuration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues, it's very friendly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Our appliance has a firewall throughput of 2.5Gb/s but if we need more, we have to move to other models until we get to 3.5Gb/s.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

It depends on the partner.

Technical Support:

Tech support is sometimes a little bit slow.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had Cisco Pix and when we wanted to move to something similar to WatchGuard, we had to invest more than $10,000.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup always is complex because we don't know so much about the equipment. The key is to have a plan, objectives, and define our goals.

What was our ROI?

Our annual return is 11.7%.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • Fortinet
  • Cisco

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

525, 11.7.5
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarHamza_Farhan (A10 Networks)
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WAN LB / Fail-over featurewith Dell SonicWall UTM is easy to configure. The only challenge is to find out some external resources to probe to help detecting when there is no internet over specific WAN link even when the link is UP ( physical layer is Ok ). Most of the time, customers probe google DNS or their ISP`s DNS server.

author avatarit_user230721 (User)
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This is no special SonicWall feature. Practically every multiwan solution including WatchGuard uses this approach.