What's the big deal about WatchGuard Total Security Suite?

Watchguard sells firewalls of all sorts.  From very small for home use to extremely large ones for the size that Home Depot and other large companies can use.  The Watchguard Firewalls work in terms of bandwidth or how much traffic goes through them.  This will base the size you get for your home or business.  For home use, you can use the WatchGuard Firebox NV5 which is the smallest device they produce.  This would be for Up to 200 Mbps VPN throughput, 3 x 1 GbE ports, for up to 5 users.  In most cases, this is too small even for a home.

For a home or very small business, we recommend a Watchguard Firebox T20 Wireless, which can be used for up to 150 Mbps UTM full scan, 510 Mbps Firewall IMIX, 140 Mbps VPN IMIX, – 5 Gb Ethernet interfaces, and 802.11 ac WiFi attached.  This is very nice to have in a home as it comes with WiFi.  We will explain more about how Watchguard Firewalls protect their uses with the WatchGuard Total Security Suite, which is the best offering from Watchguard.  They have 2 others which if you want real protection go for the Total Security Suite as it has everything included to totally protect your network.

What is the best WatchGuard Firewall to use?

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Depending on the size of your network, WatchGuard Firewalls has a device to specifically meet your needs.  What is wonderful is that all the WatchGuard Firewalls use the same GUI (Graphical User Interface) and can be completely configured remotely.  AVN has been using a WatchGuard T30 for over 8 years, and it has been the most reliable Firewall we have tested.  It’s truly an amazing product, and the protection is just exceptional! 

AVN Advisors is a WatchGuard Partner.  As such we support all WatchGuard Products.  We picked this company due to its achievements in the Threat Detection space.  We believe its the best by far for reasons discussed later in this article.


Here are the differences between the security items within the WatchGuard Total Security.

We will explain here what each individual item within the WatchGuard Total Security suite gives you.

  1. Intrusion Prevention
    Service (IPS): Intrusion Prevention Service uses continually updated signatures to scan traffic on all major protocols, providing real-time protection against network threats, including spyware, SQL injections, cross-site scripting, and buffer overflows.


  1. Reputation Enabled Defense Service (RED):

A powerful, Cloud-based web reputation service that aggregates data from multiple feeds to provide real-time protection from malicious sites and botnets, while dramatically improving web processing overhead.

  1. Network Discovery:

A subscription-based service for Firebox appliances that generates a visual map of all nodes on your network, making it easy to see where you may be at risk.  It helps ensure only authorized devices are connected while detecting all open ports and protocols.

  1. WebBlocker URL Filtering:
    In addition to automatically blocking known malicious sites, WatchGuard WebBlocker delivers granular content and URL filtering tools to block inappropriate content, conserve network bandwidth, and increase employee productivity.
  2. Application Control:
    Allow, block, or restrict access to applications based on a user’s department, job function, and time of day. It’s never been easier to decide who, what, when, where, why and how applications are used on your
  3. Gateway AntiVirus (GAV):
    Leverage our continuously updated signatures to identify and block known spyware, viruses, trojans, worms, rogueware and blended threats – including new variants of
    known viruses. At the same time, heuristic analysis tracks down suspicious data constructions and actions to make sure unknown viruses don’t slip by.
  4. spamBlocker:
    Real-time, continuous, and highly reliable protection from spam and phishing attempts. WatchGuard spamBlocker is so fast and effective, it can review up to 4 billion messages per day, while providing effective protection regardless of the language, format, or content of the message.

Those are the basic Watchguard Protection Services.  Moving on to the Watchguard Total Security Suite, here is the list.

  1. Cloud Sandboxing:

Relies on an award-winning next-gen sandbox to detect and stop the most sophisticated attacks including ransomware and zero day threats.  Detect
and stop the most sophisticated attacks including ransomware, zero day threats, and other advanced malware designed to evade traditional network security defenses, with APT Blocker.

  1. Network and Endpoint Threat Correlation:

Unify network security and endpoint security capabilities to detect more threats and prevent potentially infected machines from introducing malware to the broader network with ThreatSync.


  1. DNS Filtering:

Prevent phishing and reduce malware infections by detecting and blocking malicious DNS requests, redirecting users to a safe page with information to reinforce security best practices.

  1. Intellegent AV:

Automate malware discovery, and classifycurrent and future threats in mere seconds with AI-powered IntelligentAV.

As you can see the Watchguard Total Security Suite has you completely covered.  This is on any of their boxes.  In other words, from the smallest to the largest you can supply your WatchGuard Firebox with these services.  No matter where you are you can plug the device in and if you have one with WiFi you can just connect using your phone or laptop.  You will not be more protected than any other device on the market.

Watchguard Support: AMAZING

WatchGuard doesn’t outsource customer support as most Network Device companies do.  They do it all in-house.  There is no outsourcing to the Philippines, for instance.  You get 24-hour support so long as you subscribe to one of the two packages.  You get support in English from an English-speaking person.  WatchGuard support is unmatched in the business.


AVN Advisors is a partner with WatchGuard because we believe its Watchguard has the most substantial offering on network security.  Its ease of use and ability to deploy is impressive.  They have been in business since 1996.  They have never been sold or taken over.  They have been doing what they have set out to do since 1996, build the best devices and protection software for the Internet.  AVN Advisors believes they have achieved this, and we applaud them for their incredible work and the best support for any Firewall manufacturer in the marketplace today.  Excellent Work, Watchguard.  We give them a 5 out of 5 in network protection.  We give them a 5 out of 5 in support services.