22 Apr 08 20:35
agree with cajuntank, compare the throughput specs between the models, check the VPN throughput differences. The Enhanced OS is nice but not absolutely necessary. The content filter is nice but expensive. If you go with the Pro 2040, find out when the model was released, Sonic likes to drop support for older models, forcing you to upgrade.
Frankly stated, Sonicwall makes a good firewall, but their marketing is deceptive
Fully understand as to what you get with a basic unit. Be aware of the yearly hardware support cost, which you need in case a unit dies and for firmware upgrades; you need to purchase support for as long as you have a unit. Fully understand what you get with the basic units, and what you need to purchase additional for your needs for each model your considering.
You need VPN or SSL for network access, going through port 3389 is not good. It will allow you to restrict web cruising to only sites which you allow, and your admins can have bypass the restrictions.
Your "normal" users won't be happy, but this is one way to keep malware/viruses out, and productivity high.
Chernobyl disaster..a must see pictorial