Summary: One advantage of not being an early adopter is that one has solid firmware (3.1.1-14) and the unit now seems stable enough. On the other hand, people report its speed is limited (~20 Mbps), but that is not a limiting issue for me. Would be nice if it ran a little cooler. I'm just using it as a router to share one IP address across my home network (using NAT).
Excerpt: I required a new wired router to replace a 'consumer' one produced by Linksys which lasted about 3 years. I've finally learned my lesson on Linksys (short-lived and questionable speed for wired and wireless router) The Netgear router is noticeable faster than the prior equipment and has a built-in firewall capability. I find wired/ethernet connections significantly faster, particularly at distance from a router.
Been using Netgear for years and this works just as well as expected.
Kevin Saucier, Amazon
27 May 2013
Summary: I bought this so I could start playing with remote VPNs on my home network. I was able to set up a site to site VPN tunnel between my home and Windows Azure and it worked out great. In addition, the router works fast and is easily configurable. I'm very happy with the purchase and will continue my loyalty to Netgear.
Excerpt: Replaced a failed Secure Snap Gear Router (now owned by MacAfee) that was awful. The Netgear router was quickly set up and is easy to manage. We noticed an immediate boost in throughput and greatly improved sound quality on our VOIP phones. This is a business class router and might be unsuitable for home use, but is a great low-priced solution for a small business with firewall capacity.
Summary: I got this FVS318G for a few reasons: My old 4-port router was so old, it couldnt keep up with the new cable speeds I just got. The old router only had 4 ports, and I needed 7. I tried running another 4-port router in conjunction with the other 4-port router, but I kept getting disconnected every 4-5 hours. Even with the old router connected, it kept dropping me with the new cable modem, about every 2 days. It would require a reboot of both modem and router.
Summary: This device works well. Do update the firmware if your unit doesn't have the latest. These devices were mass produced and could have been sitting on a vendor's shelf for awhile. I would have given it 5 stars based on price, speed and reliability after using for several years experience, but for the need to upgrade the product regularly. Seems like these are a work in progress. I have purchased quite a number of them for my clients.
Excerpt: I have installed several of these devices for my clients, and most work perfectly with out any problems. Had one install where the router would reboot throughout the day taking down a critical VPN connection. Ended up replacing that unit with a Cisco router, bringing the NetGear to my office. After doing a firmware upgrade, I have not had any problems with the unit. Setting up the VPN's between locations was quick and they seem reliable.
Summary: I have two FVS318G routers to create a VPN between the office and home. After some initial stability issues, mine run for months at a time now without locking up or needing to be restarted. The steps below created a stable system for me. 1) Create all the configuration settings you need and document them in writing (do not rely on the configuation backup feature). 2) Install the latest firmware. 3) After restarting, reset to factory defaults.