God forgive me for opening the doors to a Firewalls opinionfest.
Please, please, please, please, please: reply to me directly via
email, and I'll post a summary. You won't miss anything, I promise,
except a bunch of e-mail.
I need to hear from folks who actually build firewalls (you know
who you are) regarding any experience they may have with the
Livingston "FireWall IRX" and/or MorningStar Express Plus routers.
I'm putting another firewall together, and normally use a Cisco on
all sides--but I'm constrained this time to just those two choices
on the external router.
I've used an earlier model of the MSE, and while I found its filtering
and logging facilities to excellent (ICMP by type, etc.) I'll also say
it seemed to choke on a Switched 56 Frame Relay data link. I'll head
off any potential flamage and just say I couldn't figure out how to get
it to work with 95% + reliability.
The MSE+ is said to be improved immensely, and I'm certainly willing
to give it a shot.
I know nothing about Livingston except that, as I recall, Brent likes 'em.
Informed opinion welcomed. I've invited MorningStar in on this, as well,
since I'm not sure if they normally pick up this list.