WatchGuard Firebox Other Solutions Considered

IT Manager at a engineering company
We probably looked at SonicWall and ForcePoint, but it's been a number of years so I don't recall much of that process. View full review »
Joseph Jansen
IT Specialist at Art Students League
We looked at Cisco in addition to WatchGuard. We didn't look at anything else. View full review »
Hiro Amano
IT Manager at Yamazen Inc
At the time we made the switch to WatchGuard we were also using two or three different solutions to manage security and our internet connection. We were using Symantec Gateway for antivirus protection, Websense for web filtering, Symantec IPS reporting, and Cisco. The integration of all of those with our system was cumbersome and there were maintenance fees and license fees being paid to four or five companies. All licensing terms were different and it was really cumbersome to manage. With WatchGuard, everything is really in one place. However, for one of our new locations we started using Meraki, which has cloud capabilities so I can remotely manage the setup of the firewall for remote offices. For ease-of-setup, Meraki is a little bit easier. If you want an easy solution in terms of setup, Meraki might be a better solution. But there is a lack of depth of setup on the Meraki, while WatchGuard is a real firewall solution. In the new office, we only have a five people, so the WatchGuard features may be a little bit too much that size of office. Firebox has a very small model for personal use, a home-use product, but we did not test it out. That might be a good fit, but the value for a very small office may be a little bit of overkill. View full review »
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Jon Leib
Information Technology Specialist at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
We were evaluating a Cisco solution as well. View full review »
IT Manager at Horizon Forest Products
We didn't evaluate other options. The WatchGuard reseller was a company we had done business with before and they recommended it right out of the gate. We went with that. View full review »
Richard Marcin
Sr. Systems Administrator at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees
FortiGate and WatchGuard were the only two I've evaluated recently. View full review »
Joseph Redmond
Woodworker at Creative Woodworking NW
The reseller recommended WatchGuard, so that's what I went with. View full review »
I.T. Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
We investigated SonicWall back in about 2016 and decided to stay with WatchGuard because we felt the interface was a lot better. It's also easier to manage, easier to keep an eye on. We really despised the SonicWall. The support for it was awful. Dell already had it and it was bad. I had experience with SonicWall in the past, before it was a Dell company. The SonicWalls were pretty good then. We looked into Barracuda. We didn't actually test it. We used some other Barracuda stuff, but we didn't actually even test their firewall. I don't remember why we didn't go with them. That was a decision made three years ago. We use their backup appliance and couldn't be happier with it, so it wasn't a support issue or a reputation issue. I don't know if there was a little difference in pricing which was the reason that we didn't try it. We investigated the other one, we actually put the test box in, and Firebox was far superior to what we tested. View full review »
John Giacco
Network Administrator at Peace Bridge
We did consider other vendors. I don't think there's a need for us to switch right now. In the future, there might be. However, we're pretty happy right now with what we have. We also looked at Palo Alto, Cisco, and Juniper NetScreen. We looked at Juniper because we have a lot of Juniper switching infrastructure. WatchGuard's price point worked, which is the reason why we stayed with WatchGuard. View full review »
Shaun Sheng
Technical Support at Dataworld Computer Center
My customer was looking into Sohpos, but because the budget was drained they opted for WatchGuard. It was a cheaper solution. View full review »
John Rhines
Network Administrator at Advanced Software Designs
We looked into offerings from Dell EMC, from Fortigate, and Cisco. But it was just going to be too much of a nightmare. View full review »
John Farmer
Manager/Senior Systems Administrator at a tech services company
We also looked at SonicWall and Cisco. View full review »
Ryan Baskharoon
Operations Manager at DLL Technologies
We evaluated SonicWall, Sophos, Barracuda, and Fortinet for our firewall needs. WatchGuard not only was a great price point but also comes with so many great features without having to pay too much. View full review »
Owner at
I just went by what my IT guy recommended, so I didn't really evaluate any others because he's very knowledgeable on all of these type of things. I just went off of his recommendation. View full review »
COO/CTO at a pharma/biotech company with 11-50 employees
Yes - SonicWall, Baracuda and Dell. View full review »
Roman Laminin
Technical Consultant at Rainbow Security
We had considered several other solutions such as pfSense, MikroTik, and Fortinet. However, we became a WatchGuard distributor for the territory of the Russian Federation, so we are using only WatchGuard solutions. View full review »
CFO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
We evaluated between WatchGuard and what we already had at the time. The Juniper that we had at the time, which was fine, was complete overkill for our needs, but when realised it was already sunk cost. View full review »
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