Those times when the VPN gateway represented a big metal piece of steel which could be configured only by the specially trained system administrator leave in the past. Today dictates new conditions: more and more employees work on the remote, continuing to work hard even during vacations. And when in such a modern and creative company there is a simple task to make access to the local network for employees from anywhere in the world, there is a dilemma: to use the cloud or the old fashioned way to set up a reliable VPN.
ZyXEL has a long-established brand ZyWALL, under which it produces firewalls / VPN gateways for banks, pharmaceutical companies and other commercial structures. Model Zywall VPN2S is a bold experiment: bite if the creative class on its time-tested brand?
The fist of all thing that we bring to the top of the list is the support of two or more Internet providers (multi-Wan load balancing function). Firstly, it increases the network resiliency, and secondly it helps to distribute traffic over several channels, and the latter distinguishes Zywall VPN2S from conventional routers, which, although they support several providers, but only in active-standby mode, switching between them when communication fails. Traffic balancing is a feature thanks to which video communication will work even if someone hard downloads torrents in the office.
The second is the support of 3G/4G modems, which for such a device is just a Must Have, because both as a dedicated backup channel they can be used, and as the main one, if you provide the operation of any outdoor event.
The third is the increasingly popular content filtering and security feature at the login level of your network. In General, this function has always been in such gateways, but only in the last few years it has become more important than installing anti-virus on office computers. Why? Yes, everything is very simple: an infected computer is useless to scan for viruses, any exploit will first turn off the existing protection, and some devices can not be put software on the requirements of it security. The centralized security gateway is another line of defense that will protect against botnets looking for vulnerabilities in your devices, spam, various malware and intrusions. Of course, you need to understand that all this can not be implemented in the entry-level model, and in Zywall VPN2S implements only the content filtering model to protect the office. But this is enough.
Think for yourself: the gateway can block access to 64 different categories of threats, including anonymizers, phishing and fraudulent sites, to social. networks and porn sites. We will check how it works during testing.