SonicWall vs Watchguard

With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose a new firewall. So we’ve compiled several reasons why organizations comparing SonicWall’s network security with WatchGuard are finding that SonicWall offers better value and greater peace of mind.

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100% Threat Protection.
No False Positives.

In the first quarter of 2021, a SonicWall NSa firewall paired with the Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service was subjected to 35 days of testing and 1,471 total tests during ICSA Labs Advanced Threat Defense certification. By the end of the testing cycle, the duo detected 100% of previously unknown threats.

Then, after 33 more days of testing and another 1,412 tests, Capture ATP earned a second perfect score in Q2 — all without a single false positive.

Any vendor can claim superior threat protection, but how many are confident enough in their offerings to put them to the test? SonicWall welcomes the opportunity to prove our customers are getting the level of protection we promised. Does your vendor?

SonicWall TZ270 delivers better ROI by offering over five times the threat performance over a comparable Firebox T20. Threat Prevention Throughput

750 Mbps (TZ270)

154 Mbps (Firebox T20)

Based on 2021 ICSA Advanced Threat Defense (ATD) testing, SonicWall detected 100% of previously unknown threats with no false positives. The WatchGuard solution lacks multi-engine and deep memory inspection. Multi-Engine Sandbox with Deep Memory Inspection

The SonicWall Gen 7 entry-level TZ features 10GbE ports, while WatchGuard does not. 10 GbE Ports on Desktop Firewalls

The SonicWall Gen 7 TZ Series firewalls feature up to 256GB of expandable storage, while WatchGuard does not. Expandable Storage on Desktop Firewalls

The SonicWall TZ670/570 Series firewalls feature redundant power supply, while WatchGuard has none. Redundant Power Supply

The SonicWall solution incorporates Application-Based Routing, critical for SD-WAN and SD-Branch deployments, while WatchGuard does not. Application-Based Routing

SonicWall offers SonicWall Switches, while WatchGuard has to rely on third-party solutions. Switch Integration

Watchguard offers neither multi-instance nor multi-tenancy. This forces customers that require network segregation for security or administrative needs to purchase multiple firewalls. Multi-Instance Firewall

When checking files for viruses, WatchGuard has a maximum limit on file size that can be buffered; files larger than 20 MB will not be scanned. Antivirus (AV) Scan File Size Limit


20 MB (max)

The SonicWall NSa next-generation firewall, combined with SonicWall Capture ATP and patented RTDMI technology, has been awarded six consecutive ICSA Labs Advanced Threat Defense certifications. WatchGuard's solutions aren't certified. ICSA Advanced Threat Defense Certification

SonicWall Better on Every Level

SonicWall Inspects Every File, Every Time

Are you comfortable with only inspecting some of the files entering your ecosystem? While SonicWall next-generation firewalls (NGFW) inspect all files regardless of size, WatchGuard only inspects files up to 20 MB … and that’s on their higher-end products. Their entry-level products only inspect files up to 5 MB — a limit easily exceeded by PDFs and Office docs (which frequently harbor malicious code), not to mention videos and specialized file formats such as .ai or .dwg.


Simplicity vs. Silos

Even at the entry level, SonicWall offers the simplicity of an integrated cybersecurity platform and single-pane-of-glass management. But with WatchGuard, you’re dependent on one third-party provider for sandboxing, one for gateway AV, another for content filtering, and one more for application control. WatchGuard also doesn’t offer switches (or even third-party switch integration.) This patchwork of solutions not only creates siloes, it also greatly complicates customer service and incident response.


You Get What You Pay For

WatchGuard’s entry-level NGFWs lack several crucial features, such as 2.5/5/10 GB interfaces, redundant power supply or application-based routing. Without multi-tenancy or the ability to access or expand storage, your solution could quickly become obsolete as your business grows. And since WatchGuard only inspects a limited number of protocols and file sizes, you also have to factor an increased risk of successful attack into your calculations.


SonicWall firewalls are faster, more secure, and easy to manage. Fewer resources are needed now that we can manage everything under one pane of glass.

Consultant, Small Business Telecommunications Services Company

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