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The pricing was in line with everyone else; maybe slightly higher. That's why it's not a 10 out of 10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We don't have any other costs other than the licensing stuff.
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.
We pay yearly.
It costs me about $800 a year. There any no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
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.
We pay about $3,500 every three years. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.
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.
I think we might be subscribed to one or two of the premium features.
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.
The cost three years ago was about $800. There were no additional costs beyond the initial purchase.
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.
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."
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.
They are well priced for the market and offer discounts for competitor trades and model upgrades which are definitely worth taking advantage of.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.