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#1 sjpritch25

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 10:34 AM

I'm going to be the IT person for a small non-profit.   They have 5 employees and a small computer lab.  I plan on getting a unifi ap ac lr wireless ap.   I just don't know what firewall to purchase.  I just need something basic and inexpensive.


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Posted 03 August 2017 - 11:20 AM

I don't see any particular firewall requirements specced out, https://help.ubnt.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002262328-UniFi-Feature-Guide-Wireless-Uplink#relatedarticles .

 

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:23 PM

Sorry, I guess my question wasn't clear.  I was just inquiring about a good entry level hardware firewall for the non-profit.  


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Posted 09 August 2017 - 03:23 PM

My opinion...unless there's some special desire for monitoring and fluff...the Windows firewall is adequate and inherent in Windows.

 

Years ago, I used/tried various firewalls by Comodo, Avast, and others...I found that no particular firewall is more effective than the other...the only variability I found was the amount of administrative pastry each exposed me to.  I'm lazy and I don't find a lot of unnecessary details or stats...don't make me feel any more secure than I experience with the Windows firewall.

 

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 05:46 PM

just confirming, you are after a firewall at the hardware level, in other words in the modem or router?

and not a firewall in the PC which is a software firewall.

 

if you really do mean a hardware firewall, you have no control over what 'type' is used.

well, apart from the brand of modem/router.

the firewall is part of the firmware, and can be slightly tweaked via the hardware's configuration menu.


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:19 AM

yes hardware level.   


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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:20 AM

Looking at the manufacturer webpage for the noted device, https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap/, from all appearances this thing is a "glorified repeater."   It is truly a wireless access point, but has no direct connection to the internet except via either a wireless, switched, or direct wired connection to the modem/modem router that it acts as a range extender for.

 

Firewall functionality at the hardware level is present in any modem-router I've ever dealt with.  To what is this thing going to be connected and is firewall functionality a part of it already?


Edited by britechguy, 10 August 2017 - 09:21 AM.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:00 PM

Are you interested in using a computer to create a network appliance?   If so, SmoothWall Express is a great option (I used a SmoothWall appliance on my home network from 2003 until 2015).   pfSense is another alternative.   I would assume cost will be a factor.

 

Not sure if you were looking for an option such as one of these or if you were just looking for a standard router from SonicWall, Cisco, Netgear, etc.   

 

Just tossing out some options :)  .


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