WatchGuard Firebox Stability

IT Manager at a engineering company
It's very stable. I've only even had one update that I applied that caused problems, that I had to roll back. I don't recall any kind of issue where I had to reboot the device to fix something. Somewhere along the line, WatchGuard, with their free training and free training videos, had recommended setting up an automatic reboot once a week just to keep everything clean, fresh, and healthy. I set that up during to reboot every week during off-hours on the weekend and I've had almost zero problems with it. Even with the updates, as I said, I can only think of one instance where there was a problem. I had to roll the update back, which was very easy to do, and then wait until the update patch came out and fixed the problem. That only happened once. I've been very happy with the stability and reliability of not just the device and the software, but WatchGuard as a company. View full review »
Joseph Jansen
IT Specialist at Art Students League
I haven't had to look at it in nine months. It just works pretty painlessly. It's very stable. It's kind of invisible. View full review »
Hiro Amano
IT Manager at Yamazen Inc
We bought Firebox four or five years ago, and with the first version I had to reboot it every two or three months for no apparent reason. We upgraded last year to the M370 and it's been running, but it is rebooting from time to time. I don't know why. View full review »
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Jon Leib
Information Technology Specialist at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
It is a very stable solution. Once we had it set up the way we wanted, it seemed to be running extremely well. For deployment and management, it's just me along with the reselling group (POA). View full review »
IT Manager at Horizon Forest Products
The stability is great. View full review »
Richard Marcin
Sr. Systems Administrator at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees
It's pretty rock-solid. I've never had to reboot one because it was acting in an unstable manner and have some that I ran through their entire usable lives without issue. View full review »
Joseph Redmond
Woodworker at Creative Woodworking NW
It's very stable. I haven't ever had a product that is this stable. View full review »
I.T. Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees
They work. We don't have to boot them. The only time they get booted is if there is a major, extended loss of power. Otherwise, they just stay up and running. The location I'm at has been up for 90 days and the only reason it went down 90 days ago was that we had about a 12-hour power outage. It got our batteries. It got everything. But like I said, they're reliable. View full review »
John Giacco
Network Administrator at Peace Bridge
With the previous version (XTM), I started seeing some hiccups. With this new version (M400), it has been in place for about a year and been running just fine. I haven't had to reboot it. I don't think I've had an issue at all with it. I manage the solution as the network administrator. View full review »
Rick Phillips
IT Manager at IDI Distributors Inc.
They're very stable. I've had one firewall fail at 50 locations in the last ten years. View full review »
Shaun Sheng
Technical Support at Dataworld Computer Center
So far, the solution is stable. I have two customers who have experienced problems due to a storm. An electrical surge came through the internet line and caused damage to the port. This had nothing to do with the stability of the product itself. View full review »
John Rhines
Network Administrator at Advanced Software Designs
It's very stable and it meets our needs. The stability is huge. It's rock-solid. View full review »
Prepress/Systems Manager at a printing company with 51-200 employees
The stability is great. I have only had one go out on me, and it was because of my issue. We have one IT person for deployment and maintenance. View full review »
John Farmer
Manager/Senior Systems Administrator at a tech services company
It is very stable. We can make modifications here and there, which is nice. One thing, I do like about it is that I can update things on the fly without having to worry about restarting the whole firewall or interrupting any other services. View full review »
Ryan Baskharoon
Operations Manager at DLL Technologies
This Firebox M470 is a true workhorse and has been flawless. It has not crashed yet and has been on for over a year now. View full review »
Owner at
It seems to be stable. There are always updates for it. So, they are always improving it. We are always putting updates into it all the time. They do a good job of trying to keep up on everything. I just have a consultant who comes in every so often to do deployment and maintenance. View full review »
COO/CTO at a pharma/biotech company with 11-50 employees
Stable - However, you need to add APC/UPC battery back-ups to avoid power outages/surges that will mitigate your time for trouble-shooting post-power outage. View full review »
Roman Laminin
Technical Consultant at Rainbow Security
This product is very stable. View full review »
CFO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
No issues with stability. View full review »
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