Summary: I purchased the FVS114 over six months ago. At first, it dropped the internet connection all the time. I had to rebooted it several times a day - sometimes three or four times in a row. I contacted Netgear support and did not get good advice. So in December 2007 I removed it from my network. I figured, oh well, I can make a years worth of lemonade with this thing (it was such a lemon).
Summary: Update June 2009: I found Netgear has a new release firmware 1.1_15 on their support site. Upgrade firmware is smooth, all configuration kept. After that, all the problems are gone. It runs very stable, even with serveral people beating it really hard with a lot of traffic through it.
Summary: This is the second FVS114 that I've purchased; the first one has been running solid for at least a year. I purchased a second one to create a 'safe' zone for my wireless networks (on the inside of one firewall and outside of the other). I now have a 'protected' zone inside the second FVS114 firewall. The WAN exposed FVS114 is connected to two 4-port switches and a total of 7 devices (not counting the switches).
Charles G. "An Engineer and Business Person", Amazon
30 November 2007
Summary: I have 4 of these, one has been running for several years. No problems at all. These front our Internet connection, and we do not use them as switches, just firewalls. That means we have the Internet connection plugged into one port, and a switch plugged into another port. The computers, printers, etc. are plugged into the the switches, not this unit. The router sits between these units and the Internet.
Summary: I purchased this unit primarily for use as a hardware firewall. The unit is small, very easy to set up and when used in conjunction with a software firewall (Zone Alarm Pro) does an excellent job of protecting computers from outside interference. This is the second unit I have purchased and I now have one at work and at home.
Summary: Installed at a client to build tunnel from his home to his office ( to connect to Linksys R0V81 VPN router.) Was very easy to configure and very stable in operation. I am going to buy more for other clients too. Highly recommended.
Summary: I really like this new firewall from Netgear. Firstly, it is a hardware one and I used to primarily use software firewalls, so it is a nice change. The size of this firewall is quite compact compared to other ones I have seen (and used). It was fast to set up and also didn't really cost all that much. I have tried various firewall tests on the internet, and it passed through them with very positive results.