Summary: Nice firewall but thru-put is only 22 mbps the lowest of all netgear products. the interface is nice and well rounded but lan setup in bare bones no mac filter or dhcp reservation. good for business applications.
Excerpt: The Netgear ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit VPN Firewall is a dependable, easy to set up router that is compatible with our DSL Service and Microsoft 2008 R2 Server with Windows XP, Vista and 7 desktops.
Pros: Comprehensive, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible, Stable
Cons: my original router died after years of services, and I was in an urgent need to get my network working. I had to break down and went to Staples to get this FVS318G - for the 8 ports gigabit router. Although I read many negative reviews and I told myself - "those people must have bad luck" -- it was slow to start with - and I blamed my Modem being the culprit. Within a week after 318G's installation, I changed the Surfboard modem. Since then, my high speed internet has...
Excerpt: The gateway router that I had been using only had four ports and was starting to fail on a fairly regular basis. I needed a similar unit that had more than four ports given the number of computers that I employ requiring both internet access as well as networking sharing of information between platforms. Setting up the Netgear ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit VPN Firewall was virtually trouble free.
Pros: I literally can't come up with anything good about this unit.
Cons: This unit is the most unreliable-least intuitive piece of equipment I've ever used. The user interface is innacurate, it doesn't respond well to telnet, and it's up-time is less than it's downtime over the course of two weeks. I have yet to be able to keep a VPN tunnel open for more than 30 minutes before failure.
Summary: The Netgear FVS318G works with 10 bps half-duplex, 100 bps full-duplex, or 1000 bps full-duplex. It automatically detects the connection bandwidth and adjusts itself accordingly. It has 32gb of memory. It may, briefly, choose a lower bandwidth than your connection until it realizes that a higher bandwidth is available. It happened to me during setup, but everything is fine now. I don't have fiber/fios yet, but will soon.
Pros: Have had unit installed at clients location for over a year with numerous services configured, time schedules, firewall rules, port-forwarding and a DMZ configured. I'll admit, it was not easy to get everything working at first and there are bugs (even with latest 3.08-12 firmware) but it works.
Cons: Lousy logging capability, documentation is poor and tech support is worse than dismal. If you know of a better firewall in this price range then buy that one. Figuring out how to make up a service can be daunting but once you figure out one, the rest are easier.