Unboxing of Watchguard X750e. Fairly old Watchguard Firebox model discontinued in 2010 (Replaced with the XTM series), still very powerful. Bought it on ebay near the end of 2012, sealed box, unused. Currently in use as home router.
Firewall throughput: 1 Gbps
VPN throughput: 260 Mbps
1 Gbps Interfaces: 8 of 8
Concurrent sessions: 37,500 (bidirectional) & 75,000 unidirectional
VLAN support: 75 vlans
Local user database: 1,000 users
There’s no options to control fan speeds on the Watchguard, so I opened it up and installed hardware fan controllers on the three fans. The fan controllers are Zalman Fanmate 2’s.
Fan connectors are connected between the motherboard pins and the fan cables circled in the image above. The knobs for the controllers are brought outside the case through the hard drive expansion port on the back of the watchguard unit. Don’t do this on brand new equipment as it will void the warranty (just by opening up the chassis), since this model is obsolete and out of warranty it didn’t matter anyways.
With this modification the unit is running perfectly stable, and very quiet. Temperatures reach up to 45 Celcius on a hot day. During the winter months it wouldn’t go past 35. So there’s no worries there unless you live in a very hot and humid part of the world.
I will write an actual review of Watchguard routers another time, though I do highly recommend them for businesses and enthusiasts alike.
If you’re interested in playing with a Watchguard router/firewall they were quite popular on ebay last I checked. Many people sell their older Watchguard models when they upgrade (Watchguard has a great trade-up program, though legally you’re supposed to destroy the old one). The one I obtained was brand new, unused in a sealed box. If the one you get is used, make sure the seller tells you in writing that they are capable of doing a transfer of ownership to you, this way if things don’t work out you have ebay/paypal on your side.