I have some good news and some bad news.

First, the good news, Chorus has opened the UFB fibre to allow for 1Gb internet (1000Mb) fibre internet , they announced this in October, click here for the press release.

Now for the bad news, (well good (ish) for you ) a number of smaller ISP’s have already increased the 200Mb connections to 1Gb connections for next to no increase in cost. What that means for you, is, during the next year, you might be offered a connection from your provider that is FIVE times the speed of your brand new connection, for not much more money. Would you take them up on the offer, (would you like the ability to take them up on their offer)?


The answer to that question is the answer to what firewall do you want.


Now for the technical part, (sorry, will try to keep the technobabble out of this as best I can, but there is no escaping it).

Throughput is the amount of data that a firewall can process, before it stops. Cheaper firewall appliances have a lower throughput, what is the point of having a firewall that can only do 400mb or 600mb throughput if you have a 1000mb connection


Firewall's are a moving target, hackers are always trying to circumvent firewalls, one of the many ways to mitigate this is to keep the firewall's operating system up to date. Similarly, like your computer, updates come regularly and need to be applied, as they are not automatic. Good firewalls have the ability to be updated for many years, but to be allowed access to these updates, you need to pay an annual subscription fee.


Subscription status.

We recommend WatchGuard firewalls, they have different levels of functionality, depending on what you want to pay for, there is Live security, which has the bare minimum of what is needed. As long as you have this subscription active and up to date, these firewalls have a forward replacement warranty, and access to the latest operating systems. Basic security suite has Standard Support (24x7), Application Control, WebBlocker, spamBlocker, Gateway Antivirus, Intrusion Prevention Service, Reputation Enabled Defence, and Network Discovery.  Here is an explanation of the features that are included in Basic security.


Each firewall comes with either a 1 or 3 year warranty and each of them have the ability to extend the warranty, by purchasing an active live or basic security suite.


Having a 7 year old firewall that has never been updated since the day it was plugged in still in your network is like having 13 year old running security on the door of a pub, sure, they know the basics of what should be done, but if someone wants in, they're in.


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