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SonicWall Gen 7 Firewalls Join the NSa & TZ Ranks

SonicWall Gen 7 Firewalls

The next generation of SonicWall next generation firewalls continues to grow. The powerhouse NSa 2700 and three new TZ small business firewalls, the TZ270, TZ370, & TZ470 are the latest entries in SonicWall Gen 7. Following the release of the TZ570 and TZ670 earlier this year, this week’s announcement marks six appliances with a seven in their name. So what does the seventh generation moniker mean?

It means each firewall runs on SonicOS 7.0, the latest iteration of SonicWall’s operating system. On top of that, it means more connections. It means the state-of-the-art protection of Capture ATP, which stops ransomware in its tracks. And of course a big one, top notch performance.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the new SonicWall Gen 7 firewalls.

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SonicWall NSa 2700

NSa 2700

The SonicWall NSa 2700 is the first of the mid-size firewalls in SonicWall Gen 7. That means this firewall packs an enterprise feature-rich punch, with a low total cost of ownership that won’t knock out budgets. The NSa 2700 boasts advanced networking features businesses come to expect, like SD-WAN, dynamic routing, and clustering. Along with that, it offers high-speed VPN for 2020’s remote workforce.

When it comes to security, in addition to Capture ATP, the NSa 2700 supports Cloud Application Security, Real Time Deep Memory Inspection, and Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection. On top of that is Deep Packet Inspection for all traffic. In sum, the NSa 2700 with these features is ready to stop the latest threats, including the zero days we don’t know about yet. Here’s a brief look at its other tech specs:

Firewall Throughput: 5.5 Gbps

IPS Throughput: 3.4 Gbps

Threat Prevention Throughput: 3 Gbps

IPSec VPN Throughput: 2.1 Gbps

Maximum Connections (DPI): 500,000

Connections per Second: 25,000

Interfaces: 16x1GbE, 3x10G SFP+, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Console, 1 Management port

SonicWall TZ270, TZ370, & TZ470

TZ Stack

SonicWall’s TZ firewall series is known for offering comprehensive protection to SMBs at an affordable price point. The new members of this series take the protection & performance up a notch. These SonicWall Gen 7 firewalls support the many of the latest security features (Capture ATP, RTDMI, & RFDPI) and connectivity capabilities (SD-WAN, VPN, etc.) we just discussed, but in a desktop package. The TZ270, TZ370, & TZ470 are designed for small businesses as well as enterprise branch offices. On top of the sizing options they provide, they also come in wireless models (look for the W) which can serve as firewalls and access points in one.

Speaking of wireless, you may have heard about a little technological advance known as 5G. Well, so has SonicWall. These TZ firewalls come equipped with a USB 3.0 port that allows for 5G & LTE connectivity. And because these are built for small business, getting them up and running is a snap. They feature zero-touch deployment and setup through the SonicExpress mobile app. Once they’re online, management with the aforementioned SonicOS 7.0 is a breeze as well. But the major differentiator for SonicWall Gen 7 firewalls is performance, so let’s take a look at their tech specs:

SonicWall TZ270/TZ270W


Firewall Throughput: 2 Gbps

IPS Throughput: 1 Gbps

Threat Prevention Throughput: 750 Mbps

IPSec VPN Throughput: 750 Mbps

Maximum Connections (DPI): 150,000

Connections per Second: 6,000

Interfaces: 8x1GbE, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Console

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SonicWall TZ370/TZ370W


Firewall Throughput: 3 Gbps

IPS Throughput: 1.5 Gbps

Threat Prevention Throughput: 1 Gbps

IPSec VPN Throughput: 1.3 Gbps

Maximum Connections (DPI): 200,000

Connections per Second: 9,000

Interfaces: 8x1GbE, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Console

SonicWall TZ470/TZ470W


Firewall Throughput: 3.5 Gbps

IPS Throughput: 2 Gbps

Threat Prevention Throughput: 1.5 Gbps

IPSec VPN Throughput: 1.5 Gbps

Maximum Connections (DPI): 250,000

Connections per Second: 12,000

Interfaces: 8x1GbE, 2×2.5GbE, 2 USB 3.0, 1 Console

Which firewall is right for me?

With these new options – and many worthy existing ones – how do you decide which firewall works best for your business? Consider user counts, how those users behave, remote and branch connectivity, your incoming ISP speed, wireless needs, and more. Sound like a lot to consider on your own? Reach out to our certified experts, and they can walk you through the process (and probably get you a better price, too). Chat on our site anywhere you see the window pop up, or call 866-957-2975 to talk with them today!

SonicWall NSa Firewalls: How to choose & buy an NSa firewall

What is a SonicWall NSa firewall?

SonicWall NSa firewalls are next-gen appliances built to provide unified, advanced threat protection and centralized network management to mid-sized businesses. In short, if your network supports between 100 and 2,500 users, an NSa firewall may be right for you.


To begin, we’ll compare features of NSa and TZ firewalls. After that we’ll explore NSa firewall tech specs and how to boost your SonicWall firewall with smart security services like AGSS.

What’s the difference between SonicWall NSa firewalls & TZ firewalls?

SonicWall NSa and TZ firewalls share a lot in common. For example, both support cloud-based sandbox capabilities with SonicWall Capture ATP as well as many of SonicWall’s patented security features like Re-assembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) and Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI).

NSa Series is best suited for:

  • Large branch offices & distributed enterprises
  • Data centers & corporate HQs
  • Hotels, convention centers, & dorms
  • Doctors’ & dentists’ offices

TZ Series is better suited for

  • Retail spots & restaurants
  • Small offices & home offices
  • Law firms, satellite offices, and outposts

In other words, the NSa series may be a bit too large for smaller businesses. We recommend checking out SonicWall TZ entry-level firewalls instead. After that, expand your know-how with our SonicWall TZ firewall article spotlighting the SonicWall SOHO 250 and SonicWall TZ350.

Comparing NSa firewall prices & tech specs

The best way to compare NSa firewalls is by visiting our SonicWall Firewall Comparison page or a SonicWall NSa datasheet. Similarly, you can compare critical stats at-a-glance with this snapshot of NSa firewalls by price and performance.

SonicWall NSa 2650

nsa 2650 from sonicwall next gen firewall

  • Appliance Only MSRP: $2,495.00
  • Max Throughput: 3.0 Gbps
  • Threat Prevention Throughput: 1.5 Gbps
  • Built-In Storage (SSD): 16 GB
  • Max SSL VPN Licenses350


SonicWall NSa 3650

NSa 3650

  • Appliance Only MSRP: $3,995.00
  • Max Throughput: 3.75 Gbps
  • Threat Prevention Throughput: 1.75 Gbps
  • Built-In Storage (SSD): 32 GB
  • Max SSL VPN Licenses500


SonicWall NSa 4650

NSa 4650

  • Appliance Only MSRP$6,495.00
  • Max Throughput: 6.0 Gbps
  • Threat Prevention Throughput: 2.5 Gbps
  • Built-In Storage (SSD): 32 GB
  • Max SSL VPN Licenses: 1,000


SonicWall NSa 5650

NSa 5650

  • Appliance Only MSRP: $10,995.00
  • Max Throughput: 6.25 Gbps
  • Threat Prevention Throughput: 3.4 Gbps
  • Built-In Storage (SSD): 64 GB
  • Max SSL VPN Licenses: 6,000


SonicWall NSa 6650

NSa 6650

  • Appliance Only MSRP: $23,595.00
  • Max Throughput: 12.0 Gbps
  • Threat Prevention Throughput: 5.5 Gbps
  • Built-In Storage (SSD): 64 GB
  • Max SSL VPN Licenses: 6,000


TotalSecure Advanced for SonicWall NSa firewalls

NSa firewalls include all the basic security features needed to secure your SMB. But bad guys go way beyond the basics. Therefore, small businesses should not rely on a bare-bones deployment. On the contrary, even small businesses should license advanced security services for SonicWall firewalls to empower admins. As a result, they’ll be able to stop more threats and better control network traffic.

  • Stop zero day threats like malware cocktails with behavior-based threat scanning
  • Rely on 24×7 support from SonicWall experts to keep you up & running around the clock
  • Detonate ransomware payloads in a secure, virtual environment with cloud-based sandboxing
  • Clean up inboxes from unwanted spam, email-borne threats, & elusive phishing schemes

Learn more about SonicWall AGSS to secure your small business against malware, ransomware, and zero day exploits.


No More Wizards! Get the Firewalls.com Configuration QuickStart Checklist

Unrivaled Network Security. It’s no magic trick. Stopping 2021’s top threats means more than just a slick next-gen appliance. It means deploying a detailed and thorough configuration touching on dozens of unique settings, complex hierarchies, and strategic arrangements of resources. How you manage your firewall is just as important as which brand or model you choose, so you can’t afford to short yourself with the setup wizard. According to Gartner, 99% of successful network breaches can be attributed to a misconfiguration of the firewall. It’s time to blow away the smoke and mirrors.

If You Want Something Done Right

You want to try DIY, but maybe you’re not the GOAT with the NSA series. If you’re switching to new tech or just haven’t tackled a config project in a while, you may be surprised by all the advanced new features and options available on next-generation firewalls like the FortiGate-100E with built-in SPUs or how the SFOS 17.5 firmware release handles clientless SSO through Sophos Central. While you may be tempted to bridge a knowledge gap with the pre-packaged configuration wizard, there’s just not a whole lot there when you look behind the curtain.

In fact, the setup wizard is one of the culprits behind some of the most common mistakes even experienced professionals make when configuring their firewalls. We went over seven missteps that we see most often in the video below. Watch if you’re feeling lucky.

To give you another reason to say “No” to the configuration wizard, Firewalls.com is providing a free copy of our Firewall Configuration QuickStart Checklist! This in-depth checklist assists with every step of the configuration process from start to finish. If you choose to tackle your firewall config in-house, follow along with our checklist to make sure you’re not missing out on any of the advanced capabilities your appliance can perform. The checklist includes:

  • 17 Pages of Settings, Documentation, & Helpful Configuration Tips
  • User Group Hierarchy Tables & Network Application Logs
  • In-Depth Overview of WAN, LAN, & Guest Wireless Setting Options
  • Advanced Security Feature Lists
  • Options for Managed Security Services, Support, & Custom Solutions

Make sure you never miss a step by following along with the Firewalls.com Configuration QuickStart Checklist. Every setting, big or small, can be the deciding factor that determines whether you’re a victor or a victim. Download the checklist free and say “No” to the setup wizard!


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If You Want Something Done Flawlessly

Want to skip the config headache completely? Firewalls.com has the credentials to write the guide on firewall configurations because our expert team of top-tier certified network engineers has been perfectly configuring SonicWall, Sophos, Fortinet, WatchGuard, and Barracuda firewalls for literal decades! Each year, we process hundreds of end-to-end firewall configurations out of our Security Operations Center in Indianapolis. Real, local certified security experts work one-on-one with you to take on the unique demands of your network. Whether you’re looking for a highly available network with built-in redundancy or a super smart appliance backed by machine learning, our engineers have the skills and experience to get the job done while you focus on more productive tasks.

Don’t rely on cheap tricks. Say “No” the Configuration Wizard with a Firewalls.com Custom Configuration or follow along with the Firewall Configuration QuickStart Checklist.

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Learn about firewalls, cyber security, and network management with our growing network security Knowledge Hub. Every week, Firewalls.com pumps out podcasts, blogs, comparisons, guides, and firewall tutorial videos designed to educate you before you buy. Whether you’re running a SonicWall NSa, Fortinet FortiGate, Sophos XG Firewall, or a WatchGuard Firebox, our content covers everything needed to make the most of your NGFW investment.

Firewall How-To Videos

Our team of certified engineers not only creates and publishes videos, but we also actively follow up on comments, replies, and special requests. If there’s something specific that you’d like to learn about firewalls, let us know in the comment section and we’ll create a custom tutorial for your request.

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  • Registering Your Firewall
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  • Lead Product Managers for the solutions you use every day
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You can find a full episode list of our archives here or click the banner on our homepage for the last episode!

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