Monday, March 11, 2013

Intro: Fortigate FWF 60D firewall SOHO ( wireless )

Here's a quick review of my newly purchased  Fortigate FWF60D firewall appliance.

This series of firewall 60D are designed around the  SOHO/SMB sector. I purchased this unit due to I needed a cheap firewall to conduct my studies for  FortiOS v5.0 and my 60B which has been faithful was just not going to make it, due to  Fortinet has drop this model from any version 5.0 software.

You can find more about this series firewall at ;

I purchased this unit from my local Partner "Tony Wells" of  Maxis ( secure datacom ) ; who I've know now for a few years. They offer a wide range of IT services, primarily in the network and security arena. They  based in the SE-Florida  market but pretty covers a wide range of areas.

The FWF60D is a multiple port wireless model  appliance, the above link will give you the performance specifications and the available options. The 1st thing will notice is the unit has the new off whitish coloring , no standard console port {rj45} and this weird power connector.

I believe Fortinet did this to save money. They are pushing the FortiExplorer, which I didn't use on this model.  The FortiExplorer allows for quick configuration via mini-USB port. These reduction does not seem to reduce the feature capabilities.

The unit is the same size as the previous  A B C models, Here's one of my earliest  FGT60 and you will see the difference in the coloring , and the sizes are similar. This older unit btw, has been functional since I purchased it  in the late 2006s, with zero problems.

My new unit,  has 7 user ( internal ) ports , 1 dmz port, and 2 WAN ports label WAN1 & WAN2.  This option gives you a wide range of ports for your uses, and  for customization. The unit I've purchased also comes with 802.11 wifi support. This unit is a 1.5gbps thru-put model. This is not bad for a unit  that's less than $575 dollars, and pretty much has no license restriction as what one will find with a similar cisco or juniper product :)

The unit is great for a home or small office setup. The foot print is small and the unit can be wall mounted if one so desires. Here's the unit on my office desk, great for a environment where you need a security appliance such as a admin office, store kiosk, etc..... With the wifi support, you can accommodate your mobile devices from a cellphone, notebook/tablet, to a wifi enable POS terminal.

KENFWF60D # get sys status
Version: FortiWiFi-60D v5.0,build4108,130130 (GA)
Virus-DB: 16.00560(2012-10-19 08:31)
Extended DB: 1.00000(2012-10-17 15:46)
IPS-DB: 3.00249(2012-10-11 02:47)
IPS-ETDB: 0.00000(2001-01-01 00:00)
Serial-Number: FWF60D4612000140
Botnet DB: 1.00000(2012-05-28 22:51)
BIOS version: 04000010
System Part-Number: P12482-02
Log hard disk: Available
Internal Switch mode: switch
Hostname: KENFWF60D
Operation Mode: NAT
Current virtual domain: vdom11
Max number of virtual domains: 10
Virtual domains status: 10 in NAT mode, 0 in TP mode
Virtual domain configuration: enable
FIPS-CC mode: disable
Current HA mode: standalone
Branch point: 147
Release Version Information: GA
System time: Mon Mar 11 09:34:51 2013

The dashboard has not change by much and has the same old reliable feel and function. The fortinet dashboard is what make this model more superior to use  than a common Cisco 5505 imho. The ease and quickness in the WebUI interface, is something that can't be beat outside of the Fortinet community.

The unit is simple to register for support and access for UTM features such as ips signatures, avupdates, etc....It will even warn you if the unit is not registered or did not finish registering.

Stay tune for more reviews on  FortiOS version 5.0 and newly create features.

Ken Felix
Freelance Security/Network Engineer
kfelix  a-t hyperfeed d-o-t com

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