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NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G

NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G

Item: 814627    Model: FVS318G-100NAS

NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G
3.5stars
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  • VPN Wizard to simplify configuration of IPsec VPNs
  • Auto Detect to automatically detect ISP address type (static, dynamic, PPPoE)
  • Port range forwarding
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NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G
 
3.4

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (18)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Stable (15)
  • Highly compatible (9)
  • Comprehensive (8)

Cons

  • Unreliable (7)
  • Complicated to set up (4)

Best Uses

  • Home (12)
  • Smaller networks (12)
  • Large networks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High bandwidth user (25), Low bandwidth user (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (11)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (12)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

A Great Router/Firewall

I've used numerous different small routers/firewalls and have been unhappy with all of them, including Cisco ASA5500 units (they work and are realiable, but are a reall PAIN to set up and...Read complete review

I've used numerous different small routers/firewalls and have been unhappy with all of them, including Cisco ASA5500 units (they work and are realiable, but are a reall PAIN to set up and manage). These Netgear routers are extremely easy to setup, easy to manage, and they work extremely well. The throughput speed is MUCH better than many other small routers/firewalls, making these great for use on small to medium sized business networks. And they just plain work, without the 'flaky' operation that I've seen on many other small-system routers/firewalls. I'm 100% satisified with these units. [@]

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Great idea, good interface, horrible exp

I *really* want to like this product, and I think what it sets out to accomplish is great, but unfortunately for me it is simply too unstable to use or recommend.Read complete review

I *really* want to like this product, and I think what it sets out to accomplish is great, but unfortunately for me it is simply too unstable to use or recommend.

In a nutshell, this thing will simply stop working 1-2 times a day, sometimes more. My only recourse is to power it off/on and wait for 5 mins for it to power back up and eventually reacquire an IP address from my ISP.

Since I gave up on this and put my old router back into service I haven't had a single issue in the last 15 days.

I'm sorry, but no matter how many features this thing has, it's of no use if I have to restart it on a daily basis.

Finally, this is from my experience par for the course for netgear. I had an older netgear wifi-router that had many similar problems, though not as severe and while netgear came out with a few firmware updates, after about 6 months it seems like they just released a newer product and forgot about the one I had.

I think the problem here is the company, now that I've had a 2nd product of theirs. I am sure the problems with this router are software and thus fixable, but their software engineers are either too lazy or too incompetent to fix the problems.

Oh, and I am not the only one, do a google search, its littered with people having similar problems to mine.

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5.0

Easy to setup

By nbs

from Wilmington, DE

About Me High bandwidth user

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Smaller Networks

    Comments about NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G:

    90 days of tech support even helped with setting up the VPN client.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    5.0

    Dependable Firewall Router by Netgear

    By Property Mgr

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me High bandwidth user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comprehensive
    • Easy To Manage
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Highly Compatible
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Smaller Networks

      Comments about NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G:

      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. Just another step in protecting against unwanted intrusions

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      1.0

      Proor Showing Netgear.

      By small business user

      from illinois

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Manage

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G:

      The web UI is nice and I suppose this would be fine for home use but it crashes/resets far too often to be used for any sort of business application. Not at all what I expected from net gear.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Works better than advertised

      By Roger

      from Little Compton, RI

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G:

        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. It was truly a case of removing the old unit, connecting the new unit, and then using it.

        It has run flawlessly since I installed it and I have no complaints.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        1.0

        VPN spotty at best

        By That guy

        from Chico, CA

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Pros

        • Comprehensive

        Cons

        • Complicated To Set Up
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Smaller Networks

        Comments about NETGEAR ProSAFE 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet VPN Firewall FVS318G:

        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.

        I could have forgiven all of these, but when using the VPN, it would start malforming packets when used as a router simultaneously, effectively ending the TCP sessions of all hosts on the LAN. I'm guessing that it is underpowered and the onboard CPU just couldn't keep up.

        This is unforgivable, performance that nobody should have to live with.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Linux

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