My condolences.supports Checkpoint firewall/network appliances at $dayjob
Yeah, I obtained a 4400 from work, and it's been...challenging. My beef with the Checkpoint has always been that:I have a 4400 at home, it was a left-over somewhere.. but after struggling with it for days to get my internet connection stable enough I was like f-it.. finally through some people I know, (as their support, manual, forum - anything you would want to know - is behind a paid support front-door) I managed to find out, the problem I had was actually in the OS version!
But without a support contract, you can forget about getting anything upgraded.. so I managed to get a trial version and deploy that on the firewall - which then was highly underpowered - so I managed to get some additional RAM in it so it at least could run it.. but very slowly with everything installed..
I ended up installing PFSense on the box, still okay-ish performance, but could not get the display to work.. and got so annoyed with the console the way it works etc.. that I dumped it.. and went for a Juniper SRX340. That still happily runs' with BGP over VPN's to Azure regions, backend switches etc etc (#yes all at home..)
I think the fact that all their manuals, tips & tricks, and everything you might want to know are behind a support contract is what annoys me the most.. I understand I can't get upgrades, I understand I can't call someone.. but why can't you have regular manuals on the web? Makes a trial very hard.. and all I wanted to test / write about was how to make a BGP VPN connection to Azure