Summary: I've owned two Linksys BEFSR41--both units failed and as a consequence I refuse to purchase another Linksys product. Ever. I decided to buy the Netgear ProSafe and I'm glad I did. It has a sturdy metal case. (By comparison the Linksys has a really cheap plastic case.) Setup was a breeze. I didn't even have to use the provided CD. The wall-wart (AC power adapter) is intelligently designed--the body doesn't interfere with the next socket on an in-line power strip.
Todd Allen Niederholtmeyer "Linux Server User", Amazon
1 November 2009
Summary: Works great. Has many features and low cost. Only limitation is that the WAN to Lan speed can only go up to 6MPS, my FIOS connection is 20MPS, so big downloads and when things get busy cannot acheive enough speed. Will purchase newer model in a few months that can will work, and use this as a backup and possibly a normal switch.
Auri Rahimzadeh "Author, Hacking the PSP, www.hackingpsp.com", Amazon
24 January 2009
Summary: Review by Auri Rahimzadeh, Author, Hacking the PSP, [...] I've been using an FVS318v1 for three years now. The system just keeps working. I bought a second as a spare, just in case, and have never needed it. While the VPN capabilities are a little outdated. I haven't noticed any performance issues with the router. It comes with a 10/100 switch of decent quality, although nothing on the order of a "top-shelf" Cisco router.
Summary: Replaced a four-year-old FS314. Wouldn't work with standard drivers on the accompanying disk. Had to download updated driver, go through the setup process 2nd time. Still can't get the web administration feature to work when administrator IP addresses are filtered to a range or single IP. Solid build - as usual, My dissatisfaction with Netgear involves their buggy firmware, and has for years.
Summary: This review concerns the "v3" hardware and firmware v3.0_20 - I did not purchase from Amazon. For the most part, everything works pretty well. I have discovered a bug where the log is not cleared after a scheduled-email out, which leads to strange behavior for the log-emailing function. I can always go into the web-interface to view or clear it with no problem.
Great router but $$$ for VPN client may be required
Nigel Stratton, Amazon
21 October 2003
Summary: Beware that the native 9x/Me/NT VPN client will not work at all as they don't support IPSpec. The 2K/XP VPN client will ONLY work from a static IP address to a static IP. If you are connecting from a dynamic IP such as a dial up you will need to purchase additional software such as Netscreen-Remote or SafeNet. Hint: Netscreen is much cheaper!<...
Summary: I have installed 2 of these units in two very similar applications. The first one was a disaster. Firmware v. 1.0 was unstable and kept disconnecting us. Although firmware 1.2 was available it could not be loaded on the originally shipped unit or on its first replacement. The second replacement came with v 1.1 and we upgraded it to 1.2 without trying to use it w. v. 1.1. It worked well at this point. The next time I installed one (about 2 months later), the unit came w.
Easy interface and set up, lots of features, little price.
The Hillens "rhillen", Amazon
30 July 2002
Summary: I got this router to replace a reliable Linksys router that lacked the Netgear FVS318NA's VPN feature and 8 port built in switch. The VPN feature and the 8 port integrated switch are the best selling points for this Netgear router over other brands and models. The built in Virtual Public Network (VPN) feature let's you use the FVS318NA with a wide variety of VPN Clients and Hosts (not all of course, but many.
Summary: The unit comes with 8 Lan ports. The install wizard makes it fairly painless to install. We have used a the FVS318 for a couple of weeks and so far we haven't had too many problems. The security is sound and can be be connected to either via IPSEC, PPTP, or L2TP.