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Cyberoam NetGenie SOHO review

Verdict

A cheap web content security appliance crammed with valuable features; wireless performance is slow, though

Review Date: 28 Mar 2012

Reviewed By: Dave Mitchell

Price when reviewed: £139 (£167 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
4 stars out of 6

Cyberoam has a reputation for delivering affordable SMB gateway security solutions, and its latest NetGenie SOHO device takes this a stage further. In this exclusive review, we take a look at its new entry-level wireless router, which provides a complete small office UTM solution at a remarkably low price.

This lightweight and workmanlike blue and black plastic router provides four 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports and a single WAN port, and teams them up with an 802.11n 2.4GHz wireless access point. A USB port is also located in the top panel, primarily for plugging in a 3G modem.

What’s inside is of greater interest, though, as along with an SPI firewall, the NetGenie SOHO provides web content filtering, antivirus, anti-spyware, application controls, IPS and support for IPsec VPNs.

Cyberoam NetGenie SOHO

The icing on the cake is the impressively low £105 price, which includes a three-year subscription to updates for all security services.

After installation, which is straightforward, users can be left to surf as normal, and the appliance will log all activity and apply firewall, antivirus, anti-spyware and IPS security. To enforce web access and application controls, however, user accounts must be created.

Cyberoam provides four distinct groups of URL categories, and during user creation it’s simply a matter of moving a slider bar to determine how many groups should be blocked. This also applies to four groups of common web applications, with the lowest setting blocking P2P traffic and anonymous proxies.

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User comments

Design

It's pretty clear that the designer of this peculiarly-shaped device didn't even get on the shortlist for the Apple Design Team...

By JohnGray7581 on 28 Mar 2012

Feature rich Product

I agree with JohnGray7581 that its not a great looking device..but i bought it for the features..and let me tell you i am so happy with my decision.MUST RECOMMEND TO ALL small business professionals , who should invest in this SoHo device then just a normal good looking wireless router.it helped me to increase my monitioring and productivity and secured VPN connection too

By londoner on 28 Jan 2013

Feature rich Product

I agree with JohnGray7581 that its not a great looking device..but i bought it for the features..and let me tell you i am so happy with my decision.MUST RECOMMEND TO ALL small business professionals , who should invest in this SoHo device then just a normal good looking wireless router.it helped me to increase my monitioring and productivity and secured VPN connection too

By londoner on 28 Jan 2013

Feature rich product

i agree with JohnGray7581 that its not a great looking wireless router ...but let me tell you that i have purchased it as a Network Security Device for my small office and didnt paid for the look..i am happy to put my verdict after 1 years usage that its a really good feature rich Security device , which i couldnt afford it earlier ..looking at sonicwall , fortinet , netgear's small office security device , which only comes with 1 years security subscriptions..MUST DEAL for all small office professionals , who wants to securely connect to office ( working from home somedays..) , increase the productivity ( by putting restricition on the net and monitoring ) ..now i have a complete peace of mind with all the intruderes , hackers etc..as NetGenie SoHo has secured all my office devices which goes to internet. Thanks to the NetGenie team..Cheers !!

By londoner on 28 Jan 2013

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