I am thinking ahead, upgrading my home system with the future in mind. Very small network, only for home use; but with network-attached storage of my photos and music, maybe some VPN use in the future, VOIP, and a cable modem that means open to attack.
I'm currently running an SMC Barricade (SMC2804WBR) consumer wifi router which of course has some built-in security features. I suspect this gives me a decent level of protection today and I am not feeling paranoid.
However, I am thinking of getting something more sophisticated - say $500 - to give me a better level of protection in the future. It would not need to have the wifi element - I could add that separately. In my mind I distinguish between the wifi security aspect (which is not what this post is about) and the network security aspect (which is why I want a firewall).
I have seen people in this group praising Watchguard and Juniper Netscreen products: for my kind of money I would be looking at a Netscreen 5GT or a Watchguard Firebox Edge or Soho.
My questions are: would that level of product really give me a worthwhile protection over and above what I have today? And would anybody recommend any other products in particular?
Thanks for your suggestions - if you think this would be a waste of money, that would also be good advice!