SonicWALL TZ600 firewall review

The SonicWALL TZ600 is an affordable, high-performing firewall designed for small and medium-sized businesses. The SonicWALL TZ600 firewall offers a ton of protection features, which is typical of SonicWALL firewalls. It also has advanced security services that leverage on-box and cloud-based anti-malware, antispyware, intrusion prevention system, and URL filtering.

The TZ600 also specs out to handle encrypted attacks as it has with the processing punch needed to inspect encrypted SSL connections against the most recent threats.

SonicWALL TZ600 features

Compared to the TZ500, the TZ600 has 10 1 GbE Copper interfaces, compared to 8 for the TZ500. It also has a rear expansion slot. This firewall certainly offers enough enterprise-grade protection and performance to halt cyberattacks on your company’s network.

It also features Dell’s Global Management System, which allows administrators to deploy and manage SonicWALL TZ series firewalls from a single system at the central office.

The SonicWALL TZ600 comes with optional integrated 802.11ac wireless, IPSec and SSL VPN, failover through integrated 3G/4G support, load balancing and network segmentation. All of these combine advanced networking features with advanced security to boast a pretty impressive package. The TZ600 also has broad secure mobile access support for laptops, smartphones and tablets.

More features

The SonicWALL TZ600 offers anti-malware, anti-spyware, and intrusion prevention. Plus, you get anti-spam and protection against incoming email threats if you’re configured for it.

And, if you work remotely, you’re covered too. First, remote users can set up a secure VPN tunnel back into the home network. Each one can support 25 site-to-site VPN connections simultaneously.

By the the numbers

The SonicWALL TZ600 firewall has IPS throughput of 1.2 Gbps. In addition, it pushes 800 Mbps of Threat Prevention throughput. It also boasts 1.9 Gbps of Firewall Inspection throughput, and 800 Mbps of Anti-malware Inspection throughput. It delivers 1.1 Gbps of IPSec VPN throughput, Application Inspection throughput if 1.8 Gbps.

Wireless management

This is a feature worth talking about a little. The SonicWALL TZ600 supports the SonicPoint 802.11ac access points for seamless wireless network provisioning and management. The TZ600 has predefined wireless profiles for both radios, which you can easily modify to suit. And when you connect the access point, it automatically has the correct profile.

All access points are placed in a dedicated WLAN zone, which allows you to swiftly apply policies such as web filtering, IPS and gateway antivirus. Moreover, provisioning guest access is pain-free. That’s because the WLAN zone has options for client isolation and redirecting users to an external website for authentication. This wireless management is on as standard, allowing the TZ600 to handle up to eight SonicPoint APs. The TZ600 even offers optional 802.3at PoE+ to power PoE-enabled devices.

Set up

Installation takes maybe five minutes. The the web console’s quick-start wizard set up the first LAN port, as well as the WAN port for internet access. And it applied a base security policy to the default zone. This feature makes the TZ600 very versatile. You could place selected ports in different zones and quickly apply a single security policy to all members.

And once it’s configured, the SonicWALL TZ600 keeps itself updated with the latest threat signatures. This means that small to medium-sized businesses can have a single device protecting their networks, without having to worry about updating software on every client. If the wireless 802.11ac radio is activated, then that protection can also extend to anyone using the wireless network. SonicWall offers great security for those who don’t always sit at an office desk.

The SonicWALL TZ600 firewall is an easy to deploy, all-in-one firewall solution that will suit the needs of most SMBs and’s nice to know it’s here. It is priced and powered into the higher-end of the SMB range. And with its modular feature set, it is hugely scalable. We’d love to tell you more about the SonicWall TZ600. So, why not give us a call at 877-449-0458, or reach out at [email protected]? Thanks for reading!

SonicWall TZ600 highlights

Firewall Inspection Throughput: 1.9 Gbps
Anti-malware Throughput: 800 Mbps
IPS Throughput: 1.2 Gbps
Threat Prevention Throughput: 800 Mbps
IPSec VPN Throughput: 1.1 Gbps