Summary: This unit has cost me over $1000 in support expenses in the last two weeks - stay clear of this one!
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.
Not what I would expect from a "business" class firewall
Kevin G., Newegg
9 October 2012
Pros: The flashing lights look nice.
Cons: Even though this is a basic business firewall, I would have expected better from this device. My first device was DOA, it would start, but would have no link lights on any ports. I talked with the support for about 45 minutes and was told that the firmware was bad. I shipped this device back and was sent a new device. I plugged everything in, thinking all my problems were fixed, but, I was wrong. Like others have stated, this won't pass traffic from the LAN to WAN for...
Pros: Light enough to be thrown easily across a room...
Cons: ... where do I begin? For the first 5 minutes things were great. I was online, everything was working right. As soon as I changed the DHCP scope I lost connection to the web interface, so I thought maybe I just need to renew my lease, well I couldn't get DHCP anymore. So I thought let's restart the box and see what happens, now I have 0 link light except the ports where I never plugged anything in... okay... now at this point I did a factory reset. Well still nothing....
Cons: This Firewall is a piece of garbage, be warned. I am an IT consultant for 12 years and have used many firewalls, this has to be the worst. Locks up, allow some people out of the firewall to the internet and others not. Struggles to hand out IP's, the list goes on and on...I feel ashamed to have sold this to one of my clients.
Excerpt: Purchased to be used as a combination router/VPN gateway. It was difficult to set up the VPN, numerous options could not be made to function. (Example: VPN would only work in Agressive Mode, and would not function in the much-more-secure Main Mode.) Once set up, performance was very slow, with frequent pauses in network and UI functionality, often a minute or more.
Excerpt: I bought this router to use because my house is wired for Ethernet. It seemed like a good idea to use an 8 port router rather that a 4 port router and 8 port switch. One major problem though. It locks up every few hours and requires a power cycle to restore it to service. The LEDs on the LAN and WAN port suggest that everything is functioning normally but that is not the case.
Excerpt: I bought this for the VPN feature, but the VPN client that comes with it is marked as no longer supported by Netgear. Why are they selling a product that is marked as end-of-life? The VPN client would not load on Windows 7 and without support it was a total waste of money.