Top 3 Wireless Firewalls for 2021 – Which Wireless Firewall is Right for You?

Top 3 Wireless Firewalls for 2021

Wireless firewalls simplify deployments for small businesses. Small offices are sometimes, well, small. Sometimes that power outlet is just a few feet too far to reach your desk. Or the Internet line from your ISP is juuust out of reach of your rack. Looking to shed the cords and cables for a hassle-free network security deployment? Wireless firewalls allow greater flexibility, mobility, and can even save on Total Cost of Ownership.

For the best wireless firewall to simplify your network security setup, Firewalls.com recommends:

What’s the difference between a wired & wireless firewall?

Wired firewalls pass data between the public Internet and other wired devices on your network through a physical ethernet cable connection. Wireless firewalls operate over a radio frequency that allows wireless devices to communicate with one another and the Internet without being hard-wired into a switch, firewall, or router.

While the wired setup has its advantages, it can be frustrating or sometimes impossible to deploy a firewall in an exact desired location as you are at the mercy of cord length and outlet placement. Plus, once a device is plugged into wired infrastructure, that machine needs to stay in that spot or risk coming unplugged.

A wireless firewall on the other hand, can be deployed in just about any location and users on the wireless network can move their machines wherever they like—assuming they stay in wireless signal range! Wireless firewalls also cut down on clutter and excessive equipment by reducing the number of cables, power supplies, and network switches needed to keep your network infrastructure powered and connected.

Fortinet FortiWifi FWF-40F Wireless Firewalls

The Fortinet FortiWifi FWF-40F wireless firewall can pump a serious amount of data over the airwaves! With a Threat Protection Throughput of up to 600 Mbps, most small offices will boast more than enough performance and security for their purposes.

This wireless firewall secures your network against advanced cyber threats with a SOC4 (system-on-a-chip) internal security processor that enables SD-WAN, accelerates performance, and integrates into the Fortinet Security Fabric.

The Fortinet Secure Fabric consolidates security tasks with automated tools and strategies such as:

  • Security-driven networking that unifies user experience across the network
  • Zero trust access which protects remote workers and users both on- and off-network.
  • Automated security operations driven by AI to prevent, detect, isolate, and respond to incidents automatically
  • Dynamic cloud security to guard cloud infrastructure and secure cloud applications

Wireless Support: 3×3 MU-MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2 with 3 External Antenna (or antennas, or antennae)

Fortinet Wireless Firewalls 40F

SonicWall TZ270 Wireless-AC Firewalls

The TZ270 wireless firewall is a new addition to the SonicWall firewall family, released in the last quarter of 2020. Wireless networking tag teams with Zero-Touch Deployment to make installing this firewall on a small business network a snap. With the new features of SonicOS 7.0 powering it, the TZ270 wireless firewall integrates firewalling, switching, and wireless capability with a single-pane-of-glass management dashboard to put superb visibility and control of your wireless network right at your fingertips.

Wireless Support: 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 with 2 External Antennas

SonicWall TZ270 Wireless Firewall

Meraki MX64W Wireless Firewalls

The Meraki MX series of wireless firewalls are 100% cloud managed with SD-WAN capabilities, application-based firewalling, and auto-provision VPN, among many more advanced features. Plus, Meraki firewalls piggyback on the Cisco SNORT engine to deliver real-time signatures for up-to-the-minute threat intelligence generated from millions of security sensors around the world.

In addition to simplifying deployments in physical space, Meraki further simplifies network security with seamless firmware updates and an intuitive browser-based management.

Wireless Support: Dual-band 802.11n/ac Wave 2, 2×2 MU-MIMO with 2 spatial streams & 2 External Antenna

Cisco Meraki MX64W Wireless Firewall


SonicWall NSa 2700 – Next-Gen Security for Mid-Size Organizations

SonicWall NSa 2700 – Next-Gen Security for Mid-Size Organizations

The new SonicWall NSa 2700 firewall was built to provide advanced threat protection & network-wide security for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. Sporting all the latest feature sets from SonicWall’s SonicOS 7.0, the NSa 2700 is capable of far more than its NSa predecessors.

With advanced networking features, the SonicWall NSa 2700 can handle anything from SD-WAN, layer 4-7 clustering, high-speed VPN, and dynamic routing. On top of that, you can manage and monitor all this from a single-pane-of-glass interface that puts the most crucial information right at your fingertips.

The SonicWall NSa 2700 delivers multi-gigabit threat prevention throughput and over a gig of throughput even while scanning encrypted traffic. With a huge number of GbE ports – 16 to be exact – and three 10 GbE ports available, your network has plenty of interface real estate to harness. That means clustering, dual power supplies, and high availability are all on the menu.

SonicWall built the NSa 2700 from the ground up with the latest hardware components, all designed to deliver multi-gigabit threat prevention throughput — even for encrypted traffic. Additionally, this firewall supports network and hardware redundancy with high availability, clustering, and dual power supplies. Let’s take a closer look at what the SonicWall NSa 2700 brings to the table…

SonicWall NSa 2700 Spec Snapshot

SonicWall NSa 2700 At A Glance

SonicWall NSa 2700 Next Generation Firewall

Max Firewall Throughput: 5.5 Gbps

Threat Prevention Throughput: 3.0 Gbps

Application Inspection Throughput: 3.6 Gbps

Network Interface Ports: 16x1GbE, 3x10GbE, 2 USB SuperSpeed 3.0, 1 Console, 1 Management

DPI Maximum Connections: 500,000

Connections per Second: 25,000

VLAN Interfaces: 256

Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels: 250

Hardware-Only MSRP: $2595

View the SonicWall NSa 2700 Datasheet

Shop the SonicWall NSa 2700

Check out our latest feature review video for more about the NSa 2700:

What’s New in SonicOS 7.0?

SonicWall’s Gen 7 firewalls feature a brand new operating system that simplifies network security management while focusing on the most pressing threats facing small businesses. TLS 1.3 decryption aims at hunting down and snuffing out elusive encrypted threats. This increased visibility is right at your fingertips. The SonicOS Capture Threat Assessment Report provides summarized insights into traffic, applications, and a variety of advanced threats, ensuring you know exactly what’s lurking on your network.

The learning curve for SonicOS 7.0 is extremely user-friendly, with auto-provision VPNs and a SonicExpress app that make zero-touch deployment a reality. In the era of remote work, the ability to quickly and easily deploy a high-performance, high-security appliance without needing a technician at each site is crucial.

Check out our article SonicOS 7.0: 7.0 Reasons Why This SonicWall OS Rocks to learn more.

TotalSecure Advanced Edition & Essential Edition

So many new advanced features and services arrived with the SonicOS 7.0 appliances that SonicWall had to make brand new licensing bundles to house them all. With the NSa 2700, you have two bundle options. The more basic bundle, called the TotalSecure Essential Edition Bundle, includes these SonicWall security services:

  • Gateway Anti-Virus, Intrusion Prevention, Application Control
  • Content Filtering Service
  • 24×7 Support
  • Network Visibility
  • Basic DNS Security
  • Anti-Spam
  • Capture ATP (Multi-Engine) Sandboxing
  • RTDMI Technology

The TotalSecure Advanced Edition includes everything in the Essentials Edition, with the added bonus of SonicWall Network Security Manager (NSM) Essentials. NSM features:

  • Cloud Management
  • 7 Days Cloud-based Reporting

Optionally, services can be purchased a la carte as well.

Looking for More Firewall Solutions from SonicWall?

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What is SonicWall Advanced Protection Suite?

What Is SonicWall Advanced Protection?

SonicWall Advanced Protection (aka; SonicWall TotalSecure – Advanced Edition) extends enterprise-grade security to small businesses and branch offices – and even home offices – by enabling advanced cloud security and management features. With the release of SonicWall’s Generation 7.0 TZ firewalls and the SonicOS 7 operating system, even desktop firewalls are able to deploy advanced security services. These new models feature modernized user interfaces, integrated SD-WAN, and cloud-based management in several new TotalSecure suites.

Bundle your new hardware with the basic Threat Protection suite, the Essential Protection suite, or the Advanced Protection suite to make the most out of your security investment. This article cracks open the beefiest of these new TotalSecure bundles to examine what services are included in the SonicWall Advanced Protection suite.

SonicWall Advanced Protection, Threat Protection, & Essential Protection

SonicWall Advanced Protection Suite

The SonicWall Advanced Protection suite (available in the TotalSecure – Advanced Edition bundle) includes:

Gateway Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware

Stop viruses and spyware with real-time scanning and multi-layered protection through the Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) engine. The RFDPI engine scans all inbound, outbound, and intra-zone traffic for viruses, Trojans, key loggers, and other malware in files of unlimited length and size across all ports and TCP streams. Block advanced threats with machine learning and a worldwide network of security sensors that are constantly updating a cloud database of millions of threat signatures. On top of that, SonicWall Capture Client uses static AI engines to determine threats before they have an opportunity to execute.

Intrusion Prevention Service

Prevent outside threat actors from setting foot in your network! SonicWall IPS blocks malicious worms and remote code execution. It also bolsters your security by segmenting networks into individual security zones to stop threats from propagating across zone boundaries.

Content Filtering

Want to block Netflix, Facebook, YouTube, and gaming sites from your network? Deny access to illegal, unproductive, and/or inappropriate sites by filtering content based on users, devices, groups, or time of day. Enforce acceptable use policies and block access to both HTTP and HTTPS websites containing content deemed objectionable.

24×7 SonicWall Support

Ensure you’re always armed with the latest firmware updates. Plus, get unfettered access to an intuitive web portal for round-the-clock support from the SonicWall team.

Capture Advanced Threat Protection

SonicWall Capture ATP is a multi-engine, cloud-based sandbox solution that prevents unknown attacks and advanced threats like ransomware and encrypted malware. Capture ATP even offers automated remediation and damage rollback in case of a breach.

Basic DNS Security

Provide authentication for the origin of Domain Name Service (DNS) data to safeguard against dangerous web content. Basic DNS protection adds a substantial layer of defense between your employees and the public Internet.

Network Topology with Host Info

Increased visibility lets network administrators monitor and control traffic at a granular level, leaving no doubt about whether your network is secure. Display hosts, access-points connected in a user’s network based on device name, mac addresses, IP addresses, and more.

Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection

Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) detects malware and zero-day threats by inspecting directly in memory, offering analysis of every bit of network traffic in real time without adding latency.

Cloud Management & Reporting

The era of digital transformation is upon us and small businesses are ready to upgrade their cloud infrastructure. SonicWall cloud management allows admins to manage firewalls through the cloud via Network Security Manager or Capture Security Center. Plus, Network Security Manager Essentials, included with SonicWall Advanced Protection, features seven days of cloud-based reporting to easily analyze and understand how your network is performing.

Which Firewalls Offer SonicWall Advanced Protection?

SonicWall TotalSecure Advanced Protection (Note: For non-Gen 7 TZ Firewalls, TotalSecure Advanced Edition still refers to Advanced Gateway Security Suite) rolled out with SonicOS 7 and, as such, is only supported on Gen 7 SonicWall firewalls. This generation includes the SonicWall TZ270,  TZ370, TZ470, TZ570, and TZ670. SonicWall Advanced Protection will also be available on the SonicWall NSa 2700 when it is released in late 2020 or early 2021. And a final note, the basic Threat Protection bundle is only available on the TZ270, TZ370, & TZ470.

SonicWall Advanced Protection for Gen 7 TZ Firewalls


Predicting 2021 Cyber Threats – Ping Podcast – Episode 34

Episode 34: Predicting 2021 Cyber Threats

While knowing the cyber threats of today is important, being prepared for the cyber threats of tomorrow is vital. That’s where WatchGuard’s Marc Laliberte and his team come in. Marc joins us on our latest Ping Podcast to discuss WatchGuard’s 2021 Cybersecurity Predictions. He tells us what to look out for, with many attacks focusing on the surge in remote work vulnerabilities. He also tells us why businesses without multifactor authentication (MFA) should expect a breach. In addition, he shares another prediction about potentially dangerous electric car charging stations. Plus, we take a brief look back at the 2020 Cybersecurity Predictions, and see how they were influenced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Get more from Marc at Secplicity or check out his podcast The 443!

Our Ransomware Reckoning segment spotlights a Thanksgiving holiday attack that caused Baltimore schools to close.

In headlines, get a glimpse of how many cyber threats an average home user faces. And then, hear about the bust of an international business email compromise ring in Nigeria. Finally, learn about cyber threats to DNA that could lead to bioterrorism.

How to listen

Listen to Ping – A Firewalls.com Podcast using the player above…

Or just about anywhere you prefer to listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, OvercastTuneIn, iHeart, Pocket Cast, Castro, Castbox, PodchaserYouTube, and of course via RSS, to name a few). And now we’re on Amazon Music, too! Moreover, please remember to subscribe or follow where you can to get the latest episodes as soon as they’re released. And please rate and review us as well!

Missed our previous episodes? You can get them anywhere you listen to podcasts, or go to our full episode list.

Learn even more about network security through our blog, which features new content every week.

New episodes are usually released every other Wednesday. Have a special request for a topic or a question for our network engineers to address? Email us at podcast@firewalls.com and it could be on our next show. Thanks in advance for any listens, follows, subscribes, reviews, comments, shares, and generally spreading the word!


Black Friday Becomes Cyber November 2020 – Ping Podcast – Episode 33

Episode 33: Black Friday Becomes Cyber November 2020

Holiday shopping deals are already coming from all directions. That’s because Black Friday is no longer just one day of deals, it’s turned into Cyber November. On the latest Ping Podcast, Kevin and Andrew welcome Dan Lohrmann, who explains why online retailers are spreading out the sales in 2020. Hint: As with just about everything else this year, it relates to COVID-19. Dan also offers tips to new and seasoned online shoppers alike to avoid common pitfalls. On top of that, we get into some election 2020 cybersecurity talk. And finally, we wonder whether the new normal in 2020 is permanent.

Read Dan’s blog for more on this unusual Black Friday holiday shopping season.

Our Ransomware Reckoning segment tells a somewhat positive story of Japanese video game maker Capcom’s response to an attack.

In headlines, hear why tax pros need to take cybersecurity seriously. Following that, we talk about the costs for breaches in the financial sector. Finally, if this year’s terrestrial issues aren’t enough for you, learn why you should worry about cybersecurity in space!

How to listen

Listen to Ping – A Firewalls.com Podcast using the player above…

Or just about anywhere you prefer to listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, OvercastTuneIn, iHeart, Pocket Cast, Castro, Castbox, PodchaserYouTube, and of course via RSS, to name a few). And now we’re on Amazon Music, too! Moreover, please remember to subscribe or follow where you can to get the latest episodes as soon as they’re released. And please rate and review us as well!

Missed our previous episodes? You can get them anywhere you listen to podcasts, or go to our full episode list.

Learn even more about network security through our blog, which features new content every week.

New episodes are usually released every other Wednesday. Have a special request for a topic or a question for our network engineers to address? Email us at podcast@firewalls.com and it could be on our next show. Thanks in advance for any listens, follows, subscribes, reviews, comments, shares, and generally spreading the word!


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