Summary: These devices are great for the money, IF you have the latest firmware. Update to v188.8.131.52 and the issues with connectivity will be resolved (assuming you configure the device and other network devices correctly). I'm a Full Time IT Support Tech and Electronic Engineer, and am often called in to fix other people's network service configuration disasters and wiring rats nests.
Summary: This is a fine wireless router, well above average. It has a few shortcomings that I'll get to in a moment. The good stuff: It's got lots of features -- wired ports, WiFi, VPN. It's pretty easy to configure, especially if you're familiar with networking. The not-so-good stuff: The Web-based configuration utility is fine, but somewhat strangely laid out, especially for content filtering. The screens all work, but they are somewhat confusing.
Firewall, 8-port switch and wireless for about $100
5 March 2011
Summary: We are very positive after installing eight of these models for small businesses (several on a T1s 3 to 20+ users and others with just 3 or 6 user connections on DSL). In every case the unit was easy to configure and has been performing well! In 2007 we thought a SonicWall TZ-170 was a great purchase on special for around $175. That unit came with a built-in limit of just ten (10) users.
Summary: Bought this in the summer of 2008 for use in a home office network environment. Most of the poor reviews here relate to the setup and use of VPN; I just wanted a hardware firewall with an 8 port wireless router, and I didn't want to pay a lot. As an 8 port wireless router, this device rocks. It was a cinch to set up and configure, and it does exactly what I want it to do. Today the router stopped working. No power.
Summary: Device seems stable in router-only for a web server, email server, ssh, and a few other services. I don't plan on using the VPN features for my company provides me with cisco software. My experience with NetGear metal blue boxes: FVS318v1, FVS336v1, and [obsolete?] fr114 have been good. They've been stable enough as long as you leave them alone and not make soft or hard adjustments, configurations or cables that is. My FVS318v1 have been running since 2004.
Summary: I wanted a router with wireless capability but also more than the standard 4 wired connections. I compared the available products and settled on this. Only when it arrived did I realise it wasn't a combined modem/router as most of the other products in this category are. I don't know if I missed something in the small print, but it wasn't clear on 'page1'. Having said that I've now teamed it with a Draytek Vigor 120 and the combination is excellent.