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WatchGuard Firebox UK T70 Review

Written by  Mar 02, 2020
The WatchGuard’s Firebox T70 is designed for SMBs who do not want to compromise on robustness or performance.
It delivers high-speed deep packet inspection of HTTPS traffic – something competitors find hard to achieve.

The T70’s is impressive on all levels. It claims a raw firewall throughput of 4Gbits/sec, and a remarkable 1.1Gbits/sec with all UTM services enabled. You don’t have to pay a huge premium for this performance either; see Amazon links below for details.

There and one and three year subscriptions available and offer a whole range of security measures. You get gateway antivirus, anti-spam, web-content filtering, application controls, network discovery, IPS, data-loss prevention and an advanced persistent threat (APT) blocker. Web security is backed up by WatchGuard’s Reputation Enabled Defense service, and the included Gold Support provides a free remote setup session with a WatchGuard engineer.

WatchGuard Firebox T70

 

The appliance’s web console took us through the initial setup procedure, which involved securing admin access, enabling firewall-protected internet access and applying a base set of security policies.

More wizards are then on hand to help you set up the various proxies that manage HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SIP, POP3 and SMTP traffic. It’s notably easy to set up web-content filtering: WatchGuard offers 130 URL categories to choose from, and you can simply pick those you want to block.

Similarly, the T70’s application control module can manage access to hundreds of predefined apps, so it’s very easy to control what’s allowed in the workplace.

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Gateway AV scanning is enabled on selected proxies too, and alongside basic malware detection, the IntelligentAV feature uses the Cylance AI-based engine to analyse files such as Office documents and PDFs. For anti-spam services, all you need to do is select whether you want to inspect SMTP, IMAP or POP3 traffic, and whether spam messages should be blocked or just tagged. The APT service, meanwhile, generates hashes of inbound files and checks them with the Lastline cloud service to see if they match the signatures of any known threats.
Finally, that fast deep packet inspection feature we mentioned is enabled within the HTTPS proxy action. Here you just need to choose the domain names and WebBlocker categories you want it to inspect, then import the predefined proxy authority certificate to your computers.
One feature the T70 doesn't have is Wi-Fi services, but it can centrally manage other WatchGuard APs, pushing out wireless settings and applying security policies to their traffic. It can even power your APs, as PoE+ is provided on the sixth and seventh Ethernet ports, which is more than good enough for most.
Competitive Trade Into WatchGuard Firebox T70 with 3-yr Basic Security Suite (WW) £2189.99amazon uk

The T70 is ideal for those who like the idea of of different management options, as you can use either its local web console or WatchGuard’s Dimension management platform. It’s also possible to link the T70 to a WatchGuard Cloud account, allowing you to remotely check on security services, detected threats and appliance performance; proper cloud-based configuration isn’t supported, but they say it is coming soon.

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Specifications

Chassis

Desktop chassis (fanless)

CPU

1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3160 CPU

Memory

2GB RAM

Storage included

16GB SSD

Network

8 x Gigabit Ethernet (PoE+ on ports 6 & 7)

Other ports

2 x USB 2, RJ-45 serial port

Management

Web, Dimension and cloud management

Dimensions (WDH)

233 x 206 x 48mm


WatchGuard Technologies WatchGuard Firebox T70 High Availability with 3-yr Standard Support (WW) (WGT70073-WW)
£1045.43amazon uk

Verdict

If you’re seeking solid and robust perimeter security that won’t slow down your network, the Firebox T70 is an excellent choice. It’s easy to deploy and manage, it’s loaded with features and it’s powerful enough to cope comoftably with high demand environments.

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Sam Collins

Sam is the most experienced member of the team having worked for 19 years in the tech industry and now tech journalism. He is full of passion for all things tech and this comes across in his work.

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