ZyXEL ZyWALL 2 PLUS Internet Security Firewall, 4 Port 10/100 Fast Ethernet Switch, w/ 5 IPSec VPN Tunnels - ZYWALL2PLUS

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Best router and firewall for the money

by husky55 on 6/28/2007

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.

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Does Its Job

on 10/9/2007

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.

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Product Overview

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.


Manufacturer Zyxel
SKU 202891546
UPC 760559113827
UPC 14 00760559113827
Integrated with Complete Security Solutions Designed for Remote Office and SOHO
ICSA certified IPSec VPN and firewall for compatibility and security
Web content filtering to increase productivity
Policy-based bandwidth management for better network performance
Dial backup with RS-232 on RJ-45 null modem port for always up connectivity
Built-in 4 port switch for easier network integration and segregation
24Mbps throughput handing With Firewall & active VPN tunnels make it suitable for higher speed Internet connections
Tech Specs
Mode of Operation
Routing Mode
Transparent Mode (Bridge)
NAT (Network Address Translation)
Dial Backup
Virtual Private Network
5 simultaneous IPSec VPN Connections
DES/3DES/AES encryption
Manual Key, IKE and PKI(X.509)
IPSec NAT Traversal
Xauth User Authentication
Redundant VPN connection (VPN HA)
Firewall Security
Transparent Firewall (Bridge mode)
Stateful Packet Inspection
DoS and DDoS Protection
Real-time Attack Alert and Logs
Content Filtering
Java/ActiveX/Cookie/ Proxy Blocking
URL and Key word Blocking
Web Content Filtering
DHCP client/server/relay
System Management
Command Line Interface (Console, Telnet, SSH)
Firmware Upgrade (Web GUI, TFTP/FTP/SFTP)
Vantage Centralized Network Management
Hardware Specifications
Status LED Indicator : PWR, ACT, LAN 1~4, WAN
Power adapter: 12VDC
Console : RS-232 on RJ-45 Port
Dial Backup : RS-232 on RJ-45 Null Modem Port
Reset Button: Yes
LAN/ DMZ*: 4-port switch, 10/100Mbps Auto MDI/MDIX
WAN: 10/100Mbps Auto MDI/MDIX
Physical Specifications
Dimensions: 7"(H) x 5"(D) x 1.4"(H) / 181(W) x 128(D) x 36(H) mm
Weight : 10.7oz / 304g
Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature: 32º F ~ 122º F / 0°C ~ 50°C
Operating Humidity: 20% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
EMC: FCC Part 15 Class B, CE-EMC Class B, C-Tick Class B, VCCI Class B
Safety: CSA International, CE EN60950-1 (UL60950-1, CSA60950-1, EN60950-1, IEC60950-1)
Green Product and WEEE comply with
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