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Unstable and Unresponsive
 
Had these in two offices (West Coast/NYC) for a little over a week. The firmware is highly unstable, even after being upgraded to the latest version from Cisco. These were installed by a highly-rated Cisco partner firm for our offices, and after trying to get the most basic features to stick we've all simply given up. The VPN is extremely slow and volatile, settings do not stick in the firmware ("Hey, didn't I just make that a UDP port forward? Why does it default to TCP when the setting is ...

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by G. Delgado can be read at Amazon.Com
 
G. Delgado
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2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/26/2010
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90% (9 of 10) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Verisign VIP One-Time-Password Support on the Cisco SA-500 Series Appliances
 
We purchased a pair of these security appliances to control VPN access to our main company HQ and a remote office. One of the big attractions of using this device over the IOS-based firewall included in our standard Cisco router is that the security appliance supports Verisign's VIP (Verisign Identity Protection) one-time password authentication protocol. The Verisign VIP system uses a physical token (similar to an RSA SecureID token) to generate time-tagged one-time passwords. Alternatively,...

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by D. Calloway can be read at Amazon.Com
 
D. Calloway
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/24/2009
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80% (4 of 5) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Powerful SOHO Router
 
I bought the SA540 for our home office. It is one powerful, capable, and robust SOHO/SMB router.It has every VPN capability you could ever ask for in a router of this price range. We use the IPSec VPN functionality to VPN into our home office via our iPhones, iPad, and Macbook Pros. It takes two separate IPSec Policies to do this, but using the built-in VPN wizard makes setting up the VPN policies very easy. We also use the SSL VPN functionality to VPN into our home office via our Windows Ul...

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by kc6108 can be read at Amazon.Com
 
kc6108
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/19/2012
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100% (2 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Cisco Security Appliance
 
It was tricky to get this to work with our network that was built on a shoestring, but after a couple support calls to Cisco and bringing in a specialist, it works just fine. It seems that Cisco doesn't offer the support for this type of product until you start spending lots and lots of money. You just have to figure it out on your own.

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by Ryan Diehl can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Ryan Diehl
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 06/06/2011
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Clearly not a Cisco Product worth owning
 
This device was a complete disaster in my application.Among various issues;- VLAN support was unstable- The device crashed at least once a week- Both memory and CPU usage remained very high without complex features enabled- There is no command line interface.- Commercial SSL Certificate purchased from GeoTrust did not work.- Device crashed so badly one time that the Unit needed to be factory reset and reconfigured.- Telephone / Small Business support was verging on useless for issues.In short, d...

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by networkguru can be read at Amazon.Com
 
networkguru
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1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/01/2011
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33% (1 of 3) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Good for the single small business office
 
I have been an IT consultant for over 12 years. I have installed and maintainted easily over 1000 firewalls over the years. The market for a good small business firewall is not very good. Fortinets were OK the last I looked at one about 5 years ago, and so were sonicwalls, but overall nothing would wow you for the price range of $300-$400. Back in the mid-2000's Secure Computing made their Snap Gear firewalls which were awesome and you could buy them for $300! For business' with 50 users an...

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by JoeD can be read at Amazon.Com
 
JoeD
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3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/09/2013
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Easy setup no problems
 
Firewall is easy to manage. I'm using it for a VPN tunnel as well. Great product for your small business needs.

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by Steven Hargrove can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Steven Hargrove
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/03/2013
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0% (0 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great Price Point for a flexible SMB Firewall
 
Selected this based that is has Cisco on the box. But what i found out was that they took the Linksys SMB line and improved it. Works great and couldn't expect more for the price. Beware, there is no CLI interface with this appliance.

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by brad051380 can be read at Amazon.Com
 
brad051380
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/23/2011
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Works Well - Upgrade Needed
 
I am not versed in the details of networking. I know just enough to do what I'm told. The IT guy we contracted was convinced it was a great product before and after he installed it. The church/school network has developed over 16 yrs and needed updating. It needs more. This product works well and the only caveat is that the VPN feature will need an update sometime in Sep/Oct. Until then for security reasons it remains non-active.

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by James K. Mann can be read at Amazon.Com
 
James K. Mann
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/03/2012
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It Could be nice, but it has serious issues.
 
I am an independent software engineer that works from home (oracle). I wanted a real router with VPN that was secure, stable. After all the work in setting it up, I am not sure if I should return it or not.The wireless part simple does not work, is not stable at all. Something you get .5 Mbps though it, other times it does 8 Mbps My apple time capsule does a very solid 14.8 Mbps. I have read on the forms that this is a known issue. I changed the channel spacing to 20Mhz that does help some...

Cisco SA 540 VPN Wired Security Appliance review by Douglas Fenton can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Douglas Fenton
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2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/24/2012
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