Cyberoam NetGenie SOHO review

28 Mar 2012

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

Price when reviewed: 
167exc VAT
5

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £139

Ratings

Overall rating 5
Performance 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty RTB years 1

Physical

Server format Desktop
Server configuration Desktop chassis

Networking

10/100 LAN ports 5