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By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-10-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Symantec's Firewall/VPN 200R appliance, although a latecomer, is an able contestant in the secure branch-office connectivity playing field.

Symantecs Firewall/VPN 200R appliance, although a latecomer, is an able contestant in the secure branch-office connectivity playing field.

During tests of the device, which is priced at $1,199 and shipped earlier this month, I was pleased to see enterprise extras—including dual broadband ports, unlimited VPN client licensing and dial-up access to manage the device.

However, competitors including NetScreen Technologies, which set the standard for performance and interoperability, still have several advantages over the Symantec Firewall/VPN 200R.

Their first edge is support for a much wider set of standards, including authentication protocols such as LDAP and RADIUS. The second advantage is that NetScreen develops its own technologies, whereas Symantec has taken the "Frankenstein" approach and relies heavily on Nexland for internal components.

Even so, my tests showed the product is simple to set up and maintain. The Firewall/VPN 200R also performed well in bandwidth capacity tests, and its price is easy on the budget.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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