WatchGuard Firebox Pricing and License Cost

IT Manager at a engineering company
We had a trade-in offer at the end of our first three-year term. As a result, we pretty much got a free device by buying the three-year subscription. It was around $3,000 for the three-years. View full review »
IT Manager at WTS Media (Wholesale Tape & Supply)
I buy a three-year renewal on the main device, which is usually around $3,000 to $4,000. They usually upgrade the device when I do it. You get a big discount when you do three years. If I were to renew my other devices — we haven't renewed them — it would probably be around a couple of thousand dollars for the little edge devices. In addition to the standard licensing fees, we pay for the filtering software. There's a web blocker, Gateway antivirus, intrusion prevention. Those sorts of things are extra. They call it LiveSecurity. I do the LiveSecurity update and that includes a lot of those features. It's a type of a-la-carte scenario. You pick what you want, and that then includes maintenance and support. View full review »
Kelly Carlisle
Manager IT at a hospitality company with 501-1,000 employees
Getting a WatchGuard for the first three years pays for the hardware. I think it's cheaper to keep doing hardware upgrades at every software renewal, rather than just pay for maintenance to keep a piece of hardware going. I usually tell people that it's really affordable as well, particularly compared to Cisco. In addition to the standard cost, we usually get the Total Security Suite. We go top-shelf on all of the subscription services. View full review »
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Joseph Jansen
IT Specialist at Art Students League
There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. It was pretty much, "Get the license and you're good to go for the year." View full review »
Director of Information Technology at a retailer with 201-500 employees
I'd love it to be cheaper, but as long as long as they're being fair with me, it's a good value. View full review »
Jason Markle
IT Director at a healthcare company with 1-10 employees
The pricing of WatchGuard is probably a little higher than the SonicWall, but it makes up for it in dependability. It's worth it to me, especially since it's not much higher. For just a little bit higher price you get the dependability of the firewall with the WatchGuard brand. And with this appliance you also get a certain number of VPN tunnels. With this one, it's something like 500, not that we would even use that many. Whereas with SonicWall, at the time we were using it, it came with 10 and then anything over that had to be purchased. Money-wise, it's a one-and-done with the WatchGuard. With SonicWall, there were a few things that you had to pay extra for to get. The subscription services with the WatchGuard are pretty nice. View full review »
Network Administrator at a retailer
We have had two-year deals in the past, but recently we decided to go with annual. The cost was somewhere in the vicinity of $2,000 to $3,000 for each one, depending on if they had a special at that time or if they were doing an in-place upgrade or with the same router. View full review »
Steve Rubin
President and Owner at Peak Communication Systems, Inc.
They license it. When we buy it, we buy it with a three-year license. That's the most cost-effective way to do it. So, if you're going to buy it, then buy it with the three-year licensing. Only the person buying it can determine which level of licenses they have. That's something to truly consider. There are no additional costs unless you choose their advanced licenses or different levels that they have for security. You can add on more security licenses with what you have in Microsoft today, but we have not been adding those on. View full review »
Hiro Amano
IT Manager at Yamazen Inc
The price is so small that I don't pay attention to it anymore. I think we pay a few thousand dollars for two to three years, so about $100 per month. That's for all of our users. There is an additional cost if we want to go with a deeper licensing model, but we just pay for antivirus, IPS, and main product support. View full review »
Scott Morin
Owner / Sr. System Engineer at Midwest Technology Specialists LLC.
Generally speaking, I find the three years of live and total security to be the best option. By going with their total security, you do get the endpoint protection component of the threat detection and response. Typically the trade-in options, depending on your prior firewall, are options that they should request or pursue when dealing with their provider. Those programs are usually available, but they're not always offered by a provider unless you ask. View full review »
Jon Leib
Information Technology Specialist at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
I think we might be subscribed to one or two of the premium features. View full review »
IT Director at Wise Ally Holdings Limited
We needed a firewall to control our internal network and the external access and we needed to implement load balancing and failover as well. Going with WatchGuard "increased" our budget. WatchGuard had a very competitive price. It was only 10 to 20 percent more than a single instance device but with that extra cost it provided a second load balancing device and the licensing scheme didn't charge double. They only charge for one license, unlike other brands whose method of hardware and software licensing would have doubled our cost. That was a major consideration. View full review »
Dirk Emmermacher
Network Administrator at Niedersächsischer Turner-Bund e.V.
I think the larger firewall packages are much better because a normal firewall is not enough for these times. You need IPS, APT, and all the security features of a firewall that you can buy. View full review »
IT Manager at Horizon Forest Products
When we bought them we got a three-year license for each device. The two larger devices are about $1,000 each and the smaller ones are about $500 or $600 each. There are some additional software features that you can add on and pay for, but we don't use them. View full review »
Tyson Swank
Computer Programmer at Crestwood Inc
We don't have any other costs other than the licensing stuff. View full review »
Richard Marcin
Sr. Systems Administrator at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees
They are well priced for the market and offer discounts for competitor trades and model upgrades which are definitely worth taking advantage of. View full review »
Joseph Redmond
Woodworker at Creative Woodworking NW
The cost three years ago was about $800. There were no additional costs beyond the initial purchase. View full review »
I.T. Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
We bought ours bundled with two or three years at the time we bought them. I haven't seen the pricing since 2017, but it was competitive. SonicWall, Barracuda, and WatchGuard were all about the same price when we did our last pricing. View full review »
Alexey Shcherbatyi
Network Administrator at Abona Deutschland GmbH
The price of the solution corresponds to the quality and the feature set offered. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing fees. View full review »
Rick Phillips
IT Manager at IDI Distributors Inc.
We only license our corporate one and the one we have at our DR site, we don't worry about the branches. It doesn't pay for us to license the ones at the branches. What they charge for what they call basic maintenance is extremely high for those little fireboxes. So we don't bother with them. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at a health, wellness and fitness company with 10,001+ employees
It costs me about $800 a year. There any no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. View full review »
Shaun Sheng
Technical Support at Dataworld Computer Center
The subscription that was purchased is for three years but it is usually for one year at a time. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. View full review »
John Rhines
Network Administrator at Advanced Software Designs
We pay about $3,500 every three years. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. View full review »
System Analyst at a transportation company
I feel that the pricing is fair for all of the security you get. That's one of the reasons we went with, and continue to go with, WatchGuard. View full review »
Ryan Baskharoon
Operations Manager at DLL Technologies
The setup cost is extremely low for what you get with the Firebox M470. The cost of the Firebox M470 was a third of the cost of a Barracuda and a high-end SonicWall. I loved that I could add an SFP module to the firewall and use both Ethernet and fiber connections. You will need licensing for the security features like Total Security Suite, etc. View full review »
Owner at
There is an additional cost for support on top of licensing. When I bought my new unit, I received additional time added to my support. View full review »
COO/CTO at a pharma/biotech company with 11-50 employees
If you are experienced, I can recommend the T70 set-up with minimal support and reference. Since I am relatively new as a systems engineer/IT design, I have had to reference a lot of online sources and hire an expert familiar with the WatchGuard line of products to help shorten my learning curve and get the system up and running quickly. View full review »
Greg Selby
Network Engineer at Vanderburgh Police Department
The pricing of WatchGuard was pretty comparable to Cisco, but I actually haven't looked at a new Cisco box in quite some time, so I can't say how they compare now. View full review »
Roman Laminin
Technical Consultant at Rainbow Security
The cheapest configuration, for maybe five people, is approximately $500. There are several other license steps that vary based on the number of security services that are included in the subscription. View full review »
Greg Holeman
VP at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I've had no problems with the licensing. View full review »
Principal at a consumer goods company with 1-10 employees
The pricing was in line with everyone else; maybe slightly higher. That's why it's not a 10 out of 10. View full review »
VP IT at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
We pay yearly. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about WatchGuard Firebox. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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