Summary: This is FVS318v3 (with firmware 3.0_28), I used them for VPN to connect two LANs that one LAN with static public IP and the other LAN with dynamic public IP. It works fine but not as stable as FVS318v1 (with firmware 2.4) which can run for months without reset. However, v3 offers 100M WAN port while v1 offers 10M WAN port. But the v3 is ok, which has a setting that I can set it automatically re-boot daily at the time I specified.
Summary: I called up Netgear about purchasing their client software because I have systems at home running XP, Vista, and Windows 7. They wanted 70 dollars for their software. Just for a single license. And it doesn't even support Windows 7 yet. This isn't a review for Netgear support. If it was it would be rated poor.
Summary: Have used this router for 5 years and had very good performance. Netgear service also helped me when I had a problem with Windows XP networking. One down side is that the throughput is limited to about 7mb. I just upgraded to 12mb service, and the router is the bottleneck.
Summary: I purchased two of these to use between my office and home. Netgear is my favorite vendor and makes quality hardware. The FVS318 is just to slow. Do yourself a favor and step up to the FVS336G. Lightning fast, rock solid and totally quiet. Cons: Biggest DRAWBACK is the LIMITED WAN to LAN thruput. Netgear does not specifically list this specification like some other Netgear routers but in my case I could not get more than 5.5MB either up or down.
Summary: I bought the 4-port version (FVS114) due to issues with VPN over a Motorola SBG900 cable modem. The modem firewall could not be configured (by me anyway) to pass the various VPN IPsec protocols. The modem did pass VPN with the modem's firewall disabled (not a good thing in general), but the modem would only allow 1 VPN tunnel. I needed at least 2. So, I inserted the FVS114 between the modem WAN port and the Netgear gigabit switch I use.
Pros: Fast hardware-based NAT, VPN
Cons: poor documentation (web or CD). No discussion of Firewall functions (SPI is different than the usual simple firewall).
Summary: This device ran circles around the equivalent Linksys RVS4000. The Netgear VPN client was easy to install and configure. Had to call support to obtain v10.8 of the client for Vista support but is was a minor inconvenience (remember to run the client as administrator in Vista). Its good to see Netgear put out such a good product.
Pros: Easy installation, VPN work great with Netgear VPN client, performance is outstanding
Cons: Had to call to get new update VPN client for Vista from techs support - minor issue