I previously wrote about receiving a FortiGate 60B in a pile of unwanted hardware. Turns out it works great! I have replaced the router I was using at home with the FGT-60B, and so far everything appears to work as I had hoped.
With the 30-day trial for antivirus, intrusion protection, and email protection, the FGT-60B is now protecting my internal network from outside attacks and junk emails. This will reduce the load on my servers, and keep more junk email from being delivered to the accounts I host locally. The next step will be to sign up and pay for a year’s worth of UTM updates for the device through a FortiNet partner. Time to shop around!
In addition to all the cool protection from malware and junk email, I can also separate my server network from my home network for a little more protection. I still have another interface that I am considering using for a wifi-hotspot for my immediate neighborhood. That’s a whole different project, though. :-)
Long story short, over the past two weeks I have been helping someone who had to close their business liquidate a pile of computer hardware. Some of the odds and ends were given to me since I donated my time to clean up old workstations and servers. One of those odds and ends was a FortiNet FortiGate 60B.
A FortiGate 60B is a small office “unified thread management” device. Basically, this box is used as a router, or sits between the router and the office transparently, and scans all of the traffic entering or leaving the local network for viruses, denial of service attacks, hacking attempts, email SPAM, and other neat things related to security.
The 60B has a lot of other functionality related to local network management, such as hosting a DNS server, DHCP services, web filtering, network policy management (restrict access based on user or time schedules), and the latest version of the firmware appears to also host a network scanning utility to probe your local machines for vulnerabilities.
These devices do not work very well without a subscription to the update services hosted by FortiNet. This isn’t cheap, but there is a 30-day trial available, which I have signed up for so I can test this device out. If I can find a reseller willing to work with me on the support subscription, I may activate this FortiGate and use it in place of my home router.