IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

WatchGuard XTM 23-W review

We’ve often criticised WatchGuard for being too complex to manage. With the launch of the XTM 2 series of security appliances, the company tells us this flaw has been fixed. Read this exclusive review of the new XTM 23-W to find out if it has succeeded.

Security is managed using policies which combine settings for each service while AD support has been improved to allow multiple domains to be defined. We found the web interface does indeed provide full access for all security configurations making it much easier to create policies. You have a good choice of proxies and along with HTTP, FTP, SIP, H.323, POP3 and SMTP you finally get HTTPS included as standard.

Even the WebBlocker update process has been sorted out. We never liked the fact that you had to use the Windows Task Scheduler as it just added another layer of complexity but this is now fully automated and runs in the background at predefined intervals.

Although the web interface provides plenty of graphs it doesn't offer any reporting tools. If you want to create PDF based reports on activity you will still need to use WatchGuard's logging and reporting servers. However, these don't require a lot of resources and can run in the background on any Windows system.

The appliance supports 802.11n/b/g wireless connections and can present up to three SSIDs. One is a guest SSID which bridges only with the WAN port to provide secure Internet access for wireless users. When guests load a browser they can be redirected to a custom web page where they must agree to an AUP before they can continue.

Featured Resources

Big data for finance

How to leverage big data analytics and AI in the finance sector

Free Download

Ten critical factors for cloud analytics success

Cloud-native, intelligent, and automated data management strategies to accelerate time to value and ROI

Free Download

Remove barriers and reconnect with your customers

The $260 billion dollar friction problem businesses don't know they have

Free Download

The future of work is already here. Now’s the time to secure it.

Robust security to protect and enable your business

Free Download

Recommended

Sophos XGS 116 review: A small and mighty appliance
unified threat management (UTM)

Sophos XGS 116 review: A small and mighty appliance

14 Sep 2022
WatchGuard Firebox M290 review: Stiff security at a great price
unified threat management (UTM)

WatchGuard Firebox M290 review: Stiff security at a great price

23 Feb 2022
Sophos XGS 3300 review: Xstream firewall performance
Security

Sophos XGS 3300 review: Xstream firewall performance

7 Jan 2022
Ubiquiti Networks UniFi Dream Machine Pro review: All the security you need in one handy box
Security

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi Dream Machine Pro review: All the security you need in one handy box

18 Nov 2021

Most Popular

How to secure your hybrid workforce
Advertisement Feature

How to secure your hybrid workforce

23 Sep 2022
Why collaboration is key to digital transformation
Sponsored

Why collaboration is key to digital transformation

13 Sep 2022
What your hybrid workforce needs from their laptops
Advertisement Feature

What your hybrid workforce needs from their laptops

21 Sep 2022