Published at LXer:
Shopping for network "appliances", especially mid-to-lower range gear, can easily turn into a full-time job. Netgear, D-Link, Linksys, Cisco, Watchguard, Sonicwall, SnapGear, Netscreen, Multitech, Barracuda, CheckPoint, Symantec, and so forth; with all manner of options and pricing configurations. Your purchasing fun is just beginning when you finally make a selection; then comes the per-user, per-year licenses, plus support. And after all that, what do you get? Mostly, you get poorer.