We are contemplating a move from the IPTABLES firewall to a firmware-based one. I've never used SonicWall (the proposed replacement). Could anyone tell me if this is an adequate substitute for the Linux-based f/w?
Currently, our small LAN (under 10 computers) is protected by a Linux machine with IPTABLES that is used to route incoming connections from trusted IP addresses to a host runnig a Java-based server. Some of the connections are directed to other hosts, based on the destination port number. Incoming connections occur on ports 80 (Web server), 422 (SSL), 1099 (RMI registry), and a variety of other ports (the external IP address of the firewall is static). There is also some NAT involved.
All this is scripted in the IPTABLES rules, and I wonder if the firmware-based firewall/router will be capable of providing similar functionality.
Your advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you. Alex.