|Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection
ZyWALL 2 Plus supports IPSec VPN suitable for remote site to central server deployment and home to office or office to home deployments. Data encryption over the Internet ensures secure transmission between the two sites eliminating the need for expensive leased lines, and enabling global interconnectivity at a minimal expense. With the Redundant IPSec VPN feature, the ZyWALL 2 Plus can establish back-up tunnels to main sites.
Secured Firewall Protection and Blue Coat
The ZyNOS ICSA Firewall certified ZyWALL 2 Plus provides robust firewall protection, based on Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Denial of Service (DoS) technology. The ZyWALL 2 Plus provides the first line of defense against hackers, and other malicious threats. BlueCoat subscription services assist in keeping spyware, malware and phishing exploits from attacking your PCs, and help protect business and family from illegal and unwanted surfing.
Maximum Bandwidth Provision
ZyWALL 2 Plus maximizes bandwidth utilization based on IP addresses and/or application types. Designed to ensure critical applications, services and specified users have the right amount of bandwidth when required.
Traffic Redirection for Broadband Backup Connection
ZyWALL 2 Plus increases reliability by supporting Fail-Over and Fail-Back technologies. User Selected back-up ISDN or Analog modem connections automatically switch traffic back to the WAN Port, when the primary connection is re-established. The ZyWALL 2 Plus backup feature ensures access to the net while decreasing the likelihood of potential down times and association losses.
Secure Zones Technology
With the enhanced DMZ zone, SOHO can easily deploy their access server or WIFI appliance separate from the trusted local network (LAN). The DMZ zone has its own DHCP service and all zones are securely separated by firewall rules.
Customer Reviews of ZyXEL ZyWALL 2 PLUS Internet Security Firewall, 4 Port 10/100 Fast Ethernet Switch, w/ 5 IPSec VPN Tunnels
I would give it a zero if I could. Customer of mine wanted to go the cheap route and bought this instead of what I recommended. They were almost instantly plagued with viruses and had to spend countless dollars repairing and replacing network equipment. Spend a little more up front and get the absolute best SMB firewall on the market with the highest malware capture rate of anyone in the industry (98%) My advice: BUY A SonicWALL TZ200 or TZ210 (sold on buy.com as well) they make the best perimeter security device you can buy for a cost effective price point.
Incredible value for advanced home networks or sma3/26/2011
This is probably way more than most people would get for their homes, but I consider it a must... I use this to separate my internal network from "public wifi" in my house. The LAN is configured to support both a wire and wireless network for my family, and the WLAN is set up to support a "public wifi" network for guests. The firewall keeps each separate from other, and even restricts devices on the public wifi from talking to each other while providing only basic Internet activity (ports 80/443). The WLAN has a pair of wireless access points running into it, and the ZyWall handles the IP assignments to both. That means guests can roam the house and keep the same IP address no matter which access point I am connected to. Very cool setup... Oh, one other feature I love is the content filter that can be enabled. That means every single device (PC's, phones, iPod Touch, iPad, etc.) gets filtered content. Trying to filter content with software for each device is just not practical. Like others, I switched from a SonicWall to the ZyWall and find this easier to configure, and it has more features enabled. With no need to add feature packs, the ZyWall is an absolute bargain.
Great functionality, challenging config8/29/2009
I'm migrating from low-end SonicWall boxes to this ZyWall 2+. It's a much better deal - none of the annoying/expensive upgrades to support more LAN computers. The SyWall has lots of nice features, but it's harder to learn how to configure. OTOH, I couldn't find anything I wanted it to do that it wouldn't. I've downgraded the performance number slightly, since its memory space for filters is more limited than I'd like (but reasonable for most applications). I've also used the ZyWall 5, which is higher performance, but significantly more expensive. These ZyXEL routers are very stable -- never seen a crash or hang.
The Next Level11/22/2008
If your home router needs go beyond the consumer level of Linksys or D-Link this router may be a good choice. If your business needs the features of a Cisco router, but you can't justify the high cost, this router may be a good choice. The good news about this router is that it is highly flexible and configurable. The bad news about this router is that it is highly flexible and configurable. Unless you are knowledgeable about setting up firewall rules, port forwarding, and VPNs, you will have a difficult time getting this router to do what you want. (The PDF User Guide is over 600 pages!) If you are ready to move beyond Linksys and D-Link to the next level and WANT to learn the details of router configuration, you can have a lot of fun with this unit.
One of the best routers10/15/2007
Title says it, this is one of the best routers/internet security devices out there. Blows the more-commercially-available products out of the water (e.g., Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, etc). Newbies may want to proceed with caution, though they may be able to just plug and go with minimal configuration, especially if already familiar with the more common brands' web configuration page. Advanced users will appreciate the advanced configuration options. I am extremely satisfied with this product.
Does Its Job10/9/2007
I replaced my ZyWall 10 with this one after it finally burned out after 8 years of service. The ZyWall 2 Plus does add to the feature set over the 10 and required a little more digging into the user manual to properly set up. Otherwise, this is a great piece of equipment, although I've seen it crash from time to time. But a simple "pull the plug, wait 10 seconds" works out. It doesn't happen all the time so I'm okay with it. But if you're in a production environment with mission critical 24/7 requirements, you might want to do a lot of field testing before deploying this puppy.
Best router and firewall for the money6/28/2007
I have had several wireless routers over the years, made by major manufactures. They are essentially a switch, a WIFI AP and a router all in one item. This cost saving produces routers which are at best limited not to mention unreliable. As my network grows, I added switches, networked printers, NAS devices, wired and wireless computers so I bought this Zyxell 2 Plus for increased security and function. In addition I like to have the flexibility to couple this router with future changes in Wifi technology such as 802.11N products and not be locked in with a very flimsy router. The learning curve of this device was rather stiff, but I enjoyed every minute of it. The firmware is mature and the hardware is very reliable. It has flexibility and function I probably will not be using but it's there. Of course it offers VPN and DMZ and WAN and LAN configurations in any form or shape you would ever want. The PDF manual is about 678 pages. There is a quick set up booklet shipped with the device. I am very satisfied with this purchase.