Guide: How to Choose between Different Firewalla Products

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    Frank J. Mandaro

    Are there any subscription fees? Or do I just buy the hardware?

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    Support Team

    No, there is no subscription fee…

    You just buy the hardware and download the free mobile App.

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    Ed Wist

    I have Gigabit fiber to my house. I like all the features of BluePlus but don't need the enterprise capabilities of Gold.

    Will the packet processing speed of Blue Plus just end up throttling my 1 Gigabit fiber? Can I get a blue plus (feature set) with Gigabit throughput?

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    Firewalla

    The Blue Plus will throttle your speed to around 500mbit.  This is not an artificial limit, but rather the CPU doesn't have enough power to sustaining examining packets at gigabit speed. 

     

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    Jason Vinson

    I really need the features of gold but our speed right now is not in the range stated. We are running at about 25-30 mbps. Will the firewalla gold work with this internet speed? 

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    Firewalla

    @Jason, Gold will work with any speed less or equal to gigabit. 

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    J J Sloan

    I work from home and need good internet reliability, so I have 2 Internet providers - one via cable modem and one via dsl. I could write scripts to leverage Linux advanced networking to create an automatic active/active connection, but I'm wondering if it would be easier to drop a Gold in and be done with it. Is this something that would be fairly straightforward?

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    Firewalla

    @JJ, you should get the Gold, it can do standby/failover or load balancing between two different WAN, more information here https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/360051575473-Firewalla-Gold-Feature-Guide-Multi-WAN

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    Navind Chitty

    will packet processing speed affect my internet speed? just say my internet package is 1Gbps and i buy blue which has a limit of 500Mbps packet processing speed, will it slowdown to read the packets in SME organization?

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    Firewalla

    The packet processing power is the total CPU power to dig into your network. For example, if you have a blue+, and it is rated 500mbit, this means if your total bandwidth is 1gigabit, once that passes through Firewalla, it will get shaped (reduced to) 500mbit.  You can stop monitoring devices to bypass firewalla monitoring, then that traffic is not shaped, it will be 1gbit.

    On the Gold it is rated 3Gigabit, this means the gold can process 3 gbit of traffic in parallel. Since each port is 1gbit, the 3gbit is the aggregation of all traffic flowing (LAN to WAN, and LAN to LAN if you are segmenting)

     

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