Hello. I have recently obtained a Watchguard Soho 6 and need the latest firmware. I find it annoying how their site wants you to fax stuff etc to them in order to just login to download the firmware. Could someone please send it to me, or give me a direct link for it?
I once had a WatchGuard 5, and was so lucky i was the technician that handled a few of those boxes for customers, that provided me with the possibilities to reg. one unit, run 1 y. reg. another and get another
1 year. I think dont mind companies earning money, but they are ripping people off. (Just my oppinion) Anyway their units are prices way too high, and you only get crappy 1y firmware support.
Do as i did, purchase a cheap computer or if u alreay own one, then locate IPCOP on the internet, as its one heck of a firewall distro. Much better than a Watchguard Soho will ever be anyway.
Anyway, you don't change the firmware unless there is some kind of exploit of the firmware that forces you to update. I been using the same firmware on my WG SOHO 6 for the last couple of years. I don't have a contract with WG for support either, since the 90 day support warrantee ran out. If it's just for your home network and you're not doing high risk things like supporting a WEB server opening ports, then why bother with it.
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Thanks for the tip. I'll most likely end up doing something like that once I out grow the watchguard (only has a 10 user license) and with everything becoming internet enabled now it shouldnt take long.
You know you can buy a 50 user license for the SOHO 6. That would be a good reason to upgrade. I would venture to guess that would be good if you had a family reunion at your house and everyone brought a laptop and wanted to get on the Internet instead of socializing. ;-)
I am going to throw out a suggestion to you & I do not advocate it & you could really hose your Soho 6 if you're not careful, but one can often find firmware releases for various routers/firewalls on the P2P networks like emule, gnutella, etc.
No guarantees you will find the latest version & no guarantee you'll receive a firmware file that hasn't been tampered with. If your router blows up you'll have a little red brick that does nothing.
Support contracts are often worth it, though. Some even cover the hardware with a next-day replacement guarantee if it goes tits up for whatever reason.
Check pricing...it may not be as expensive as you think.