The Sophos SG 105 firewall offers an excellent price-to-performance value. This makes it perfect for small businesses or branch office scenarios of up to 10 users. Plus, it’s available with integrated wireless. As a result, you can combine WiFi and security into a single piece of hardware. You can also add external access points. The SG 105 is powered by the speed and efficiency of Intel’s multi-core technology, and it’s very small. And, it comes equipped with 4 GE and 1 x SFP. Max throughput is rated at up to 2.5 Gbps.
Features of the SG 105
Every SG model sports a high-speed SSD and offers the following protections: network, firewall, intrusion, email (antispam, data loss protection), web filtering, web server, wireless controller, and optional endpoint protection for Windows. Additionally, each unit also has built-in reporting functionality which displays usage trends, daily summaries and log reports.
There’s an SG firewall to suit practically need. And all this functionality comes together in a unique and user-friendly way. Even product documentation and peripherals are collated creatively on the Sophos site. There is an extensive collection of very targeted articles and instructions that are a nice alternative to the usual mind-numbing, almost eternal manuals you are probably used to. Sophos also has a very good help portal which includes a knowledge base and FAQs. Ease of use plus quick access to assistance will make you feeling very well-cared for.
Please explain licensing to me and why it is necessary
Sophos offers several licensing options for the SG 105. Basically, you can think of these licenses, or “software subscriptions,” as feature sets. All SG firewalls come with a free, perpetual base license. This license covers network firewall, SSL and IPSec VPN, and wireless protection such as hotspot support. The other licensing options simply build on the capabilities of the base license. They add weapons to your firewall’s defensive arsenal, to be able to repulse more kinds of threats.
Sophos’ licensing model for the SG 105 offers three Guard packages: FullGuard, FullGuard Plus, and BasicGuard. These three packages are software only. As a result, they’re purchased as upgrades or renewals for a firewall you already have.
FullGuard/FullGuard Plus combine all the core licenses in one cost-effective subscription for complete security: Essential Firewall, Network Protection, Web Protection, Email Protection, Wireless Protection and Web Server Protection. In addition, FullGuard Plus also has Sandstorm Protection. It is the best level of protection your SG 105 can buy.
BasicGuard incorporates all the essential security features for your small business. Should you want to extend your protection even further, you can upgrade to a FullGuard license at any time. BasicGuard is only available with the SG105, SG115, SG105W and SG115W appliances.
Finally, there’s TotalProtect and TotalProtect Plus: These are the most popular options. Basically, these two Protect bundles include the firewall, too. This is the perfect way to order a new firewall, whether a physical or virtual one. These bundles give you pretty much everything you need in one easy-to-manage license. Learn more about Sophos licensing here!
Easy to upgrade
Did you know it’s easy to breathe new life into your trusty SG appliance? If you have purchased an SG Firewall with the UTM operating system, you can install the new Sophos SFOS (XG) operating system on it. And, since the SG and XG hardware are identical, this can be done in a few steps.
In addition, you might need to turn your SG license into an XG license. Read about it here!
And learn more about Sophos Sandstorm technology here!
And read our review of the SG 105 here!
Sophos SG 105 At a Glance
|Stateful Firewall Throughput||1.5 Gbps|
|NGFW Throughput||350 Mbps|
|IPS Throughput||350 Mbps|
|Recommended Users||Up to 10|
|Antivirus Throughput||90 Mbps|
|VPN Throughput||325 Mbps|