Selecting Your NetSentron

Here’s the problem with other Firewalls and VPNs.

Many of those products will only give a base level version. If you want any more features, you have to pay for them. Want more than two or three VPN accounts? You’ll have to pay more. Want a content filter? You’ll have to pay more. Want network management tools so you can identify problem computers? You’ll have to pay more.

What looked like the least expensive option on your list at the start, you will find, turns out to be one of the most expensive by the time you’ve added in all the “options” you want.

NetSentron is different.

NetSentron gives you everything, up front. Firewall, VPN/remote access, top-level encryption, true content filter (not just a blacklist), bandwidth monitoring and traffic shaping. No add-ons, no upselling. One regular investment for one complete product to take care of all of your network security requirements.

Next, you should know the NetSentron package comes in two forms: hardware and software. If you’re really IT-savvy, like a reseller, maybe you should get the software only. But then you have to source and put together all the hardware to run it yourself–and that can get pretty tricky. If you don’t really know what you’re doing it won’t work right, or it won’t work at all.

We generally recommend you get yourself the hardware NetSentron solution. Then you know and we know where all the parts came from, and everything is warranted by us.

NetSentron is fully compatible with both IBM and Apple product, regardless of the version chosen.


We generally recommend that you choose the Hardware options, unless you are a highly experienced installer or IT professional. NetSentron Hardware Packages include installation, 3 years of support, bug fixes, and free updates from our network specialists.

There are four sizes of NetSentron Hardware to choose from: the small form factor, 1U Rack I, II, or II. It’s important that you have the NetSentron hardware package that’s sized for your organization. Too big and you’re wasting money; too small, and you’re going to have performance troubles such as a sluggishly slow network. We typically recommend the following:

  • 1 – 50 users: Small Form Factor
  • 51 – 200 users: 1U Rack I
  • 200 – 400 users: 1U Rack II
  • 400 – 800+ users: 1U Rack III

When determining how many users you have concurrently on your network, ensure that you consider the number of employee that will be online at the same time time.



NetSentron Software-only packages are a great option if you are looking for more flexible offerings and have the technical skills to source and put together the hardware yourself.

There are two versions of NetSentron Software-Only packages: NetSentron Lite and Pro. There are no user restrictions attached to the software, but particular hardware selected may have their own user restrictions. NetSentron Lite is ideal for those seeking a more basic version of the software and do not need both a content filter and VPN/Remote Access.

For users who would like the full (or nearly) set of features that NetSentron Hardware offers, we recommend NetSentron Pro.

A user manual and full specs list are included with NetSentron software packages.