I could not get this product to work with my laptop
Curtis Miller, Amazon
19 January 2013
Summary: I could not get this product to work with my laptop! I hired a professional to help me install it and after several hours he finally got it to work with my laptop however I could not use my wifi. I had to be hard wired in. Definitely NOT what I thought I had purchased!
Summary: Beware, if you want to use the VPN you also need to buy the Netgear proprietary software. This is bad - they should include it in the price of the router. I did not realize this when I bought the router, but it does say so if you read the fine print and look at the diagram. However I found the basic DSL PPPoE connection to degrade over a day or so, and require reboot for performance, or it stops, and you are forced to reboot it.
Summary: I own 2 of these, different geographic locations, different isp's, different local attached devices. Both seemingly randomly hang and require a power off/on to return to normal operation. This issue is widely recognized as evidenced here. I believe the reason there are some higher rated reviews is that they occurred during the first release of the firmware. The subsequent 2 releases have both manifested the "freeze" problem.
Summary: I have tried everything to keep this router up and running for at least 2 days but have not been able to do so. Firmware updates, reboots, restores, nothing will fix the issue that for no apparent reason the router will just cut out and stop working, requiring a power cycle each time.
Summary: Though I feel that this vpn firewall has alot of great features for its price range, the underlying issue with my internet connection constantly dropping made this a bad buy. I had purchased this vpn firewall to work together with my linksys wireless router (this can be easily done by disabling the DHCP on the wireless router) so that I would have a strong firewall denying untrusted external requests.
Summary: This would be nearly a perfect product if it didn't require a reboot every few hours. Logging onto the customer-only Netgear discussion forums -- which you can only access _after_ you buy as it needs a serial number -- shows that the FVS114 is known to be very unreliable. Why does Netgear still sell it then!!? The prevailing wisdom on Netgear's own discussion forums is to buy the FVS318v3 instead.
Buy only if browsing the web...everything else crashes it
C. Brophy, Amazon
24 August 2007
Summary: The only stable firmware for this product is the 1.01 version. All subsequent firmware releases (1.06, 1.10) are unstable. The nat does not clean up unused tcp connections and will die under heavy loads (heavy being running something such as eMule for more than a day). The router software is extraordinarily inefficient; it cannot juggle streaming media and regular browsing. You must do one or the other, but not both at once.
Summary: I have used Netgear products for many years and they used to work for at least the warranty period. Not so with the current crop of Netgear products. I had been using the FVS114 router for 7 months when it started to frequently drop internet connection. The unit supposedly has a "lifetime" warranty. The problem is so severe that I have had to retire the unit. Contacting Netgear for an RMA or technical support is a fruitless task.
Summary: I have been configuring point to point connections for over 5 years. I have extensive experience with Cisco PIX, Linksys and SonicWALL firewalls. I thought I'd save $50 and buy this endpoint instead of another BEFVP41 (Linksys). It was a poor decision for me. My big complaint: Unreliable. On several occassions while setting up a tunnel, the unit simply stopped responding and had to be hard rebooted.
Summary: Had trouble setting up a VPN connection, after buying this product AND the Netgear VPN client software. Called Netgear, and they said it would cost $75 to talk to someone for 1 hour, and they could not guarantee resolution. I guess I'll just return both items as "broken" because Netgear couldn't take 10 minutes to clear up a configuration issue. And I used to actually like the netgear stuff.