Summary: It has 8 ports, okay. But only 5 users can really access stuff across the VPN. In fact as it turns out it will so severely limit your access speed that it's not worth any savings you may obtain.
Summary: This unit was easy to purchase but very difficult to work with, not user-friendly. Initially, I called Netgear tech support to get it configured to my online broadband modem as there is no software CD to do this. The support was not pleasant, way too techy for me to understand.
Summary: Purchased this device with another Netgear device(same type just with wireless) to perform a site to site vpn as well as manage my network. I had some stability issues with this device as well as the VPN would almost always drop. Most of the time I had recycle the device to get it back.
Adequate by expired standards of broadband...too slow
30 December 2010
Summary: I'm sure when this device was released it was a great product, however home/office broadband has accelerated significantly and this device no longer meets modern standards. If you were still using old T1 circuits to connect perhaps this thing is fine, as it won't be the bottleneck..
Summary: I wanted to like this router but the high latency killed it for me. Perhaps if I had not used a linksys wrt54g and an apple timecapsule on the same internet connection the problem would not have been so annoying but I did and it was.
Summary: Most reviews don't seem to mention a key spec - the throughput of a firewall. I just upgraded my cable connection to the new (up to) 30Mbs plan and bought an FSV318v3 firewall to use with it. Without the firewall in place, I measured about 25Mbs download speed.
Summary: If you want a good router that is easy to configure, this is a good purchase. If you are looking for a VPN router, by a SonicWall. I wish I had. I have 5 yrs exp as a intermidate network tech and 11 yrs as a software engineer.
Summary: My experience with tech support has been the worst BY FAR in 20 years of computing. The 2 techs i dealt with were remarkably incompetent, responding after days at a time with irrelevant cut and paste instructions.
Pop ina Bottle "Never argue with an idiot. they drop you to their level and beat you with experience!", Amazon
10 September 2005
Summary: I have used the FVS318 for about 4 years now. I was hit by lightening and blew out one router on my VPN. I bought a new one to replace it and found that the new V3 is not backward compatible with the older versions.