SonicWall TZ500 Unbox and Install
So today our SonicWall demo unit trial expired so a few days ago I purchased a not for resale (NFR) unit from Exertis to replace it. Having been impressed with the NSA3600 we wanted to use one on our own network for testing and training purposes. We don’t need anywhere the power of the 3600 so opted for the smaller TZ500 which is recommended for networks up to 50 users.
The TZ500 retails for around £630 so its a good fit for many of our clients allowing plenty of room for a business to grow in size.
The TZ range is not rack mountable so it needs to sit on a shelf in a rack or cabinet but if you need something rack mountable go for the NSA range. In the box you get the unit, power adapter and a serial cable which can be used to configure it. DHCP is enabled on the LAN interface so connect your PC to the LAN using a network cable, enter the IP address from the manual and begin your set-up using the Wizard. There really isn’t anything difficult in getting the basics up and running with these thing about 30 minutes later we were running this on our network with no issues.
As with most devices of this size there is only one power connection so nothing unusual there but it would still be nice to have the ability to plug a second one in. Even in NSA range has only one power connection but fairly typical of similar devices. Given these units have the ability to be configured in highly available pairs, if you need to add a second until to act as a fail-over device you can.
I mentioned in my previous post that the SonicWALL devices all use the same interface called SonicOS. I wondered what would happen if I restored the backup to our larger demo unit (NSA3600) to this TZ500. Apart from a warning message saying some settings are not supported it did restore correctly, useful to know! The TZ range don’t have a dedicated management network connection like the NSA range so those settings don’t get restored.
You may be asking why do you need a device like this on the network when you already use something like a Draytek or Linksys firewall / router.
The answer is they don’t come anywhere close to providing the levels of protection every business needs these days.
A basic firewall acts like your front door stopping anyone from getting in but what you really need is a security guard! Someone to check what people are bringing in and sending out. Think of the SonicWall as your security guard, scanning websites for any suspicious activity and stopping it, checking all downloads for malware and viruses and preventing them from running.
We all know there’s no magical single solution to security, you have to build up layers of protection to keep your users or clients safe and to make your life in IT easier.
I’m not one to just repeat lots of information for the sake of it so if you want to dig down into more of the features then head over to the SonicWALL site to read more: http://www.sonicwall.com/us/en/products/Network-Security-Platform.html