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Introduction

Updated 12/27/2009: Revised performance data
Updated 12/9/2009: Multiple corrections

At a Glance
Product NETGEAR ProSecure Unified Threat Management Appliance (UTM10)
Summary UTM appliance with high effectiveness aimed at small business users
Pros • High Virus and Malware effectiveness
• Easy to configure
• Switch is VLAN enabled
• Simple pricing for base box and services
Cons • Laggy admin response
• Low network and VPN throughput with UTM enabled
• Basic intrusion protection options
• No client AV

NETGEAR's UTM10 combines the VPN and Firewall strengths of its FVS336G and the FVS318G routers and adds the capabilities of a Unified Threat Management (UTM) device, providing anti-virus, anti-spam, content filtering, malware protection and Intrusion Protection.

NETGEAR has two UTM devices in their ProSecure line, the UTM10 and UTM25.  The UTM10 is designed for 1-15 concurrent users and the UTM25 is designed for 10-30 concurrent users.

I used the UTM10 on my network for several weeks while writing this review, and tested as many of the key features as possible.  Prior to reviewing the UTM10, I reviewed SonicWall's TZ100W UTM, so I'll be referring to my experience with the TZ100W and comparing it to the UTM10.  I'll also refer to my reviews of the FVS336G and FVS318G.  With that said, let's take a look at the UTM10!

Under the Covers

The UTM10 is enclosed in NETGEAR's business gray metal covering.  It's rack mountable, but the hardware for rack mounting isn't included. The box is larger than most four port routers I've tested,  measuring 13” wide x 1.7” high x 8.2” deep.  By comparison, NETGEAR's FVS318G, an 8 port VPN router, is just 7” wide and 5” deep.

12/9/09: RAM size corrected

Figure 1 shows the UTM10's innards.  Under the large passive heatsink on the right is a Cavium CN5010 single core 500Mhz Octeon Plus Secure Communications Processor.  Just to the left of the CPU are four RAM chips with four more on the bottom of the board providing a total of 512 MB of PC667 DDR2 RAM.  The one WAN and four LAN ports are provided by a Broadcom BCM53115 five port smart Gigabit switch.  Data storage on the UTM10 utilizes a 2 GB Apacer Industrial grade compact flash card.

Inside the UTM10
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Figure 1: Inside the UTM10

The UTM10's four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN ports are all on the front of the chassis (Figure 2).  There is also a USB port on the front, but it doesn't do anything at the moment. The NETGEAR manual states this USB port is intended for “future management enhancements.”

Front view with callouts

Figure 2: Front view with callouts

The rear of the device (Figure 3) is limited to the serial console port, reset button and power connection.  The power supply is built into the device, thus no external power wart, a feature I like.  There is an internal cooling fan, which exhausts heat out the side of the chassis.  The noise level of the fan is relatively quiet.  It's louder than a laptop fan, but not offensive.

Rear view with callouts

Figure 3: Rear view with callouts

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