Excerpt: The Netgear Prosafe is just what the small business (home office) needs to add wireless "N" and gigabit ethernet behind a commercial cable modem. We needed to be able to support remote access via ipsec VPN, and the SSL support is a plus. The VPN Wizard simplifies setup and the Greenbow based client is very straightforward.
Excerpt: Purchased this to replace an older Netgear VPN router with 2 VPN tunnels in it. Even after upgrading the firmware I could not the VPN setup to allow all the needed connections. Replaced it with a Cisco 800 series router, although its a lot more money it works.
Excerpt: My whole office was in despair not knowing what was needed to get my office up and running. I had to get a tech person to figure out what was going on. Before he came I had called Cablevision to help with the situation. Stayed on the phone for almost 1 hour to find out that there was something not working right with the Netgear.
Summary: I had the FVS318G-100NAS for about 5 years and did not have any issues. The FVS318N-100NAS is identical physically but has dual wireless antennas. Functionally this firewall has much greater throughput on the Wan to LAN interface. The FVS318G had only 20 Mbps. I have Comcast cable and discovered that connecting directly to the cable modem gave me about 100 Mbps speed.
Pros: Compact size, 8 GB ports, Solid metal construction, Feature set. Has been very stable in the 3 months that I have had this firewall.
Cons: As others have noted, it takes a quite a while to reboot this router after changing settings.
Summary: If you buy this, budget a few hundred dollars for asprin.
Pros: On paper, this router is worth twice the price.
Cons: This thing was my worst nightmare for almost a year. Sometimes it wouldn't broadcast SSID. Sometimes it wouldn't broadcast wireless at all. Resetting would help for a day at first, then just a few hours. A few months in, the wired network stopped acting normal. DHCP would just not respond for 20 minutes unless I restarted. I couldn't do network backups because the network wouldn't stay up long enough to finish them. Firmware updates didn't help. I was resetting it 2 o...
Summary: The wired ports work fine. The wireless signal is fair and the speed is great but it disables itself at least once daily at random even though it is not set up to operate at specific hours. I didn't realize that to use the tunnel feature, I would have to pay a monthly fee. I would have bought a cheaper model had I known this and a different brand had I known it would turn itself off. It's a good 8 port wired router. That's the only good thing I can say about it.
Excerpt: I purchased this unit as it indicated it had a firewall as part of the software and would allow me to use this in my home office business without my neighbors piggybacking on my internet hub. I was also very anxious about setting up the wireless hub as it appeared to be very difficult. I was mistaken on both items. I attempted to set up a firewall with a secure password for this unit but was unable to locate instructions on how to make it secure.
Pros: Compact, Easily Expanded, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible