Advantages and Disadvantages of Hardware Firewalls.
of hardware firewalls over software firewall:
Normally, the hardware firewalls are tailored for faster response
times, and hence handle more traffic loads.
A firewall with its own operating system (proprietary) is less prone
for attacks. This in turn reduces the security risk. In addition,
hardware firewalls have enhanced security controls.
Interference: A box, that is separated from other network components
can be managed better, and does not load or slowdown other
applications. The box can be moved, shutdown, or reconfigured with
minimal interference to the network.
of hardware firewalls:
Normally, a dedicated hardware firewall costs more than a software
to install, and upgrade.
up physical space, and involves wiring.