Summary: Netgear routers have been generally their weakest and less reliable product, unlike their switches and hubs. I used to use Netgear RT338 ISDN routers and they lasted less than 2 years before going bad. I find the FR114P lasts about 3-4 years in our office before getting DNS, reboots and other errors. They do work great though when running without problems. We just keep a few of them as backups and then reflash them with the lastest upgrades off the Netgear site.
There's got to be a more rigorous unit on the market...
S. Smith "Quality counts", Amazon
1 January 2007
Summary: My first unit was defective. The second unit works well. This firewall works like a charm & has enough configs to make it a great solution. It turns out to be highly suspect to a little bit of extra electricity. Make sure you have it on a top quality surge protector. PS: Kudos to Amazon. After getting an RMA for the first unit from Netgear, Amazon actually shipped me a new one before they got the defective unit back. All at no charge to me (no shipping etc...).
Summary: The Linksys BEFSX41 is a faster and superior router to this Netgear box. I've found Linksys products in general to be more reliable than Netgear. BUT, I've be migrated to a new VPN client that utilizes IPsec L2TP. Although the Linksys does support IPsec pass thru, it does not allow L2TP. This NetGear router does. The print server is a nice plus, IF you want the router right next to the printer. I don't. So if you need L2TP, then this router is a good value.
Printer Server function never worked, then box died.
doug korthof, Amazon
9 January 2004
Summary: Got a good deal on a very gently used unit, and the print server was a nice 'extra'. But I never succeeded in getting the server to recognize that a printer was connected! Decided it simply wasn't worth the hassle as the router/firewall/access point functionality worked OK (after a few upgrades to the software). Then one of the electrolytic capacitors in the power supply of the box exploded. Perhaps Netgear is a victim of counterfeit components...
Firewall/Router work fine - Print Server a project
3 November 2003
Summary: The router & firewall functionality of the FR114P are fine. Print server took hours of effort with varying error messages but no printing. Netgear offered to send me a new box for $15. Charge even though I am well within the warrantee period. New box seems to be working fine, but it has only been a few days. This box has a documented issues with HP printers. They are (now) clearly addressed on the Netgear web site.