Netgear ProSafe FVS338 VPN/Firewall

8 x 10/100Base-TX LAN, 1 x 10/100Base-TX WAN - MPN: FVS338NA
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Netgear's ProSafe VPN/Firewall with 8 Port 10/100 switch and WAN dial-up Failover is an SNMP-Manageable, high-performance network solution that furnishes multidimensional security. Fully equipped and broadband capable, this Virtual Private Network (VPN) firewall comes with connection insurance, a built-in serial port for dial-up access. This practical feature means your business can maintain operation if your broadband Internet connection fails. It lets you retain an analog modem for emergency backup and also provides a migration path from analog to broadband, making the transition effortless.
Summary
Product Title Netgear ProSafe FVS338 VPN/Firewall
Manufacturer Netgear
Lowest Price $138.00 from PinnacleMicro
Power Score 3.6 | 7 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Netgear FVS338 ProSafe VPN Firewall 50 Router
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

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User Reviews
Netgear FVS338 with version 3.x Firmware
5 Star Review   By member softbear - Jul 9, 2008   

Strengths: FAST, Stable, Reliable, Low Power

Weakness: Still not what you could call Intuitive Setup

I recently upgraded to a 30 Mbps broadband connection, and found I had finally outpaced my Pentium-class Linux Gateway/Firewall that was drawing as much as 100 watts. Additionally, the low end switches I was connecting through had a nasty habit of dropping out irregularly. This unit is overkill for my current uses (rated throughput: "LAN-to-WAN: up to 75 Mbps. 3DES IPsec tunnel: Up to 19 Mbps"), while drawing a mere 12 watts of power. It also offers a roll-over to an external modem; useless for those of us on VoIP. While it is still true that some of the Firewall features have a noticeable impact on performance, the current firmware has improved significantly over what earlier reviews indicate, and with careful planning and testing it is barely noticeable in my environment. [The unit is currently running a 2.6.1x Linux Kernel with a variety of patches. Source is available for those who must...] In just over a month, I've yet to have a single hangup or dropout traceable to this product while handling over 250 Megabytes of traffic on an average day; wish I could say as much for the Microsoft Windows systems it tries to protect. YMMV: check the specifications carefully, this unit may not suit your environment.

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If you know what you are doing, it's great!
5 Star Review   By member ccmgtech - Nov 2, 2007   

Strengths: Intuitive setup screens, good online help, many advanced features for VPN connectivity, port forwarding, static routes, etc.

Weakness: Standard tech support is pretty bad. However, if you ask to be sent to 2nd level support they usually put you through to someone who knows what they are doing.

We have been using Netgear routers for about five years and have been very pleased. We have about 20 of the FVS338's deployed doing point to point VPN tunnels, connecting buildings together, doing WAN's, etc. and they are working very well. The first thing you should do is upgrade the firmware since the firmware that comes with the unit is usually at least one rev old. (this is true of almost every router, though regardless of who makes it). Otherwise, you are good to go.

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OK once firmware is 2.0
4 Star Review   By wilson on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Jan 9, 2007   

Strengths: 90Mbps LAN WAN speed. Hub and spoke or point to point VPN works with FVS338's and the older FVS318's (which is what i needed to accomplish) Firewall rules for both inbound and outbound traffic.

Weakness: 1.x firmware on my unit was unfit for use. Had to upgrade to 2.0 before things started to work. (newer models may come with 2.x or newer).

Some other routers were too slow for my internet connection (FiOS). This one allwos for an easy hub & spoke VPN configuration. Netgear telephone support is useless. Best bet is to use the forms and request the beta firmwares if something doesn't work as expected. Blocking chatty outbound traffic is great. Before this i had to use a linux box to block the chatty windows machines. With the FVS338, i can apply outbound firewall rules without the need to keep another machine running.

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FVS338 - pretty good
4 Star Review   By member wildcat50k - Jan 2, 2007   

I have installed 2 of these for a router-based site-to-site VPN connection for a client, and while the learning curve was a little hairy with IPSec policies, encryption algorithms, etc, once it was configured, it has been very stable. I have another client using 1 of these in front of a Windows SBS network and has worked very consistently (once firmware was updated and configured). While I agree that Netgear's tech support sucks most of the time, if you know what you are doing with firewall router configurations, port forwarding, QoS, etc, then Netgear offers alot of bang for the buck as far as features/ functions.

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Netgear FVS338.....don't think about it
1 Star Review   By OV on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Oct 7, 2006   

Strengths: VPN End Point....I think

Weakness: Buggy user interface

Purchased two of these units to VPN between my home and office. My old VPN from Netgear got zapped during a lightning storm. Surprised at how the quality of Netgear has deteriorated. I could not get the Group and Hosts function to work. Any name I used for a reserved DHCP address always got reset to Unkown. I called tech support and they were clueless. The person (probably in India) had to keep running to someone elses computer to look up stuff. After 1 hour we had not made any progress. He told me someone would call back in an hour. 3 hours later and no call. When I googled this issue, I discovered that there were lots of people complaining about bugs on this model VPN. I plan on returning the unit. Stay away from it unless you want to spend hours trying to figure out if you configured the unit incorrectly or if the unit has bugs.

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Worst NETGEAR Router EVER
1 Star Review   By member chillexistence - Jul 18, 2006   

Weakness: Keyword Blocking does not funciton correctly and just cripples the unit.

This unit is a piece of crap, its the 2nd one I've had the first one didn't work out of the box, didn't have any firmware even loaded on the unit... Unit would go into funk mode where I couldn't access the internet or the admin control panel and when I tried to ping the unit it would take up to like 600ms for a response..... When "Keyword Blocking" is enable the lan/wan throughput is only 294kbps but I have a 15MB connection (15307kbps).... It basically renders using the internet impossible and useless! This unit has major flaws, read else where that the modem portion doesn't work correctly! Stay far far away from this unit... the FVS318 is nice, it can only do about 5MB lan/wan throughput when "Keyword Blocking" is enabled (with the table maxed up)... Apparently Tech Support is just as unsmart as the average JOE and says that they know their "units" don't function correctly to the specifications of the features that its suppose to support!

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Product Details
Description
Netgear's ProSafe VPN/Firewall with 8 Port 10/100 switch and WAN dial-up Failover is an SNMP-Manageable, high-performance network solution that furnishes multidimensional security. Fully equipped and broadband capable, this Virtual Private Network (VPN) firewall comes with connection insurance, a built-in serial port for dial-up access. This practical feature means your business can maintain operation if your broadband Internet connection fails. It lets you retain an analog modem for emergency backup and also provides a migration path from analog to broadband, making the transition effortless.
Summary
Product Title Netgear ProSafe FVS338 VPN/Firewall
Manufacturer Netgear
Lowest Price $138.00 from PinnacleMicro
Power Score 3.6 | 7 Reviews
General
Category: Switches
Class: Network Hardware
Dimensions
Dimensions: 1.56" Height x 10" Width x 7" Depth
Weight: 3.70 lbs
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Warranty Information: Lifetime
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Management: SNMP v1 MIB II Quality of Service (QoS) Internal DHCP server on LAN DHCP client on WAN Administration Interface: Web graphic user interface User name and password protected Smart Wizard and Auto Detect for basic parameter settings Remote management support Secured by SSL Authenticated through IP address or IP address range, and password Configuration and Upgrades: Upload and download configuration settings Firmware upgradeable flash memory and DRAM Logging: SYSLOG E-mail alerts Maintenance: Save/Restore Configuration Restore Defaults Upgrades via Web Browser Display Statistics
Virtualization: 50 x Dedicated VPN Tunnel
Network Architecture Supported: Ethernet, 10/100Base-TX
Product Line: ProSafe
Height: 1.6 in
Firewall Protection: Java and ActiveX Blocking
Width: 10.0 in
Authentication: SHA-1
Product Type: Network Security/Firewall Appliance
Encryption Standard: AES (256-bit)
Depth: 7.0 in
VPN Support: Manual key and Internet Key Exchange (IKE
Input Current: 1.20 A
Total Number of Ports: 9
Product Model: FVS338
Brand Name: Netgear
Humidity: 90% Maximum Non-condensing Relative Humidity Operating
Frequency Band: Built-in serial port provides a backup connection for an external analog modemStatic routingPlug is localized to country of sale in North America, Australia, Europe, United KingdomFunctions:Smart Wizard to automatically detect ISP Address type (static, dynamic, PPPoE)Exposed Host (DMZ)Enable/Disable WAN PingDNS ProxyPPPoE login client supportTelstra BigPond cable login supportDiagnostic tools (ping, trace route, other)Intrusion Detection System:LoggingReportingE-mail alertsModem Support:Most popular broadband modemsHayes-compatible analog modemsOperating modes:MainAggressiveQuick
Temperature: 32F (0C) to 104F (40C) Operating
Serial Port: Yes
Interface Connection: Serial Yes
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Expert Reviews
Netgear FVS338 ProSafe VPN Firewall 50 Router
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 1 expert review for Netgear FVS338 ProSafe VPN Firewall 50 Router and the rating is 70 of 100. Click below and use Testseek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Netgear FVS338 with version 3.x Firmware
5 Star Review   By member softbear - Jul 9, 2008   

Strengths: FAST, Stable, Reliable, Low Power

Weakness: Still not what you could call Intuitive Setup

I recently upgraded to a 30 Mbps broadband connection, and found I had finally outpaced my Pentium-class Linux Gateway/Firewall that was drawing as much as 100 watts. Additionally, the low end switches I was connecting through had a nasty habit of dropping out irregularly. This unit is overkill for my current uses (rated throughput: "LAN-to-WAN: up to 75 Mbps. 3DES IPsec tunnel: Up to 19 Mbps"), while drawing a mere 12 watts of power. It also offers a roll-over to an external modem; useless for those of us on VoIP. While it is still true that some of the Firewall features have a noticeable impact on performance, the current firmware has improved significantly over what earlier reviews indicate, and with careful planning and testing it is barely noticeable in my environment. [The unit is currently running a 2.6.1x Linux Kernel with a variety of patches. Source is available for those who must...] In just over a month, I've yet to have a single hangup or dropout traceable to this product while handling over 250 Megabytes of traffic on an average day; wish I could say as much for the Microsoft Windows systems it tries to protect. YMMV: check the specifications carefully, this unit may not suit your environment.

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If you know what you are doing, it's great!
5 Star Review   By member ccmgtech - Nov 2, 2007   

Strengths: Intuitive setup screens, good online help, many advanced features for VPN connectivity, port forwarding, static routes, etc.

Weakness: Standard tech support is pretty bad. However, if you ask to be sent to 2nd level support they usually put you through to someone who knows what they are doing.

We have been using Netgear routers for about five years and have been very pleased. We have about 20 of the FVS338's deployed doing point to point VPN tunnels, connecting buildings together, doing WAN's, etc. and they are working very well. The first thing you should do is upgrade the firmware since the firmware that comes with the unit is usually at least one rev old. (this is true of almost every router, though regardless of who makes it). Otherwise, you are good to go.

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OK once firmware is 2.0
4 Star Review   By wilson on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Jan 9, 2007   

Strengths: 90Mbps LAN WAN speed. Hub and spoke or point to point VPN works with FVS338's and the older FVS318's (which is what i needed to accomplish) Firewall rules for both inbound and outbound traffic.

Weakness: 1.x firmware on my unit was unfit for use. Had to upgrade to 2.0 before things started to work. (newer models may come with 2.x or newer).

Some other routers were too slow for my internet connection (FiOS). This one allwos for an easy hub & spoke VPN configuration. Netgear telephone support is useless. Best bet is to use the forms and request the beta firmwares if something doesn't work as expected. Blocking chatty outbound traffic is great. Before this i had to use a linux box to block the chatty windows machines. With the FVS338, i can apply outbound firewall rules without the need to keep another machine running.

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FVS338 - pretty good
4 Star Review   By member wildcat50k - Jan 2, 2007   

I have installed 2 of these for a router-based site-to-site VPN connection for a client, and while the learning curve was a little hairy with IPSec policies, encryption algorithms, etc, once it was configured, it has been very stable. I have another client using 1 of these in front of a Windows SBS network and has worked very consistently (once firmware was updated and configured). While I agree that Netgear's tech support sucks most of the time, if you know what you are doing with firewall router configurations, port forwarding, QoS, etc, then Netgear offers alot of bang for the buck as far as features/ functions.

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Netgear FVS338.....don't think about it
1 Star Review   By OV on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Oct 7, 2006   

Strengths: VPN End Point....I think

Weakness: Buggy user interface

Purchased two of these units to VPN between my home and office. My old VPN from Netgear got zapped during a lightning storm. Surprised at how the quality of Netgear has deteriorated. I could not get the Group and Hosts function to work. Any name I used for a reserved DHCP address always got reset to Unkown. I called tech support and they were clueless. The person (probably in India) had to keep running to someone elses computer to look up stuff. After 1 hour we had not made any progress. He told me someone would call back in an hour. 3 hours later and no call. When I googled this issue, I discovered that there were lots of people complaining about bugs on this model VPN. I plan on returning the unit. Stay away from it unless you want to spend hours trying to figure out if you configured the unit incorrectly or if the unit has bugs.

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Worst NETGEAR Router EVER
1 Star Review   By member chillexistence - Jul 18, 2006   

Weakness: Keyword Blocking does not funciton correctly and just cripples the unit.

This unit is a piece of crap, its the 2nd one I've had the first one didn't work out of the box, didn't have any firmware even loaded on the unit... Unit would go into funk mode where I couldn't access the internet or the admin control panel and when I tried to ping the unit it would take up to like 600ms for a response..... When "Keyword Blocking" is enable the lan/wan throughput is only 294kbps but I have a 15MB connection (15307kbps).... It basically renders using the internet impossible and useless! This unit has major flaws, read else where that the modem portion doesn't work correctly! Stay far far away from this unit... the FVS318 is nice, it can only do about 5MB lan/wan throughput when "Keyword Blocking" is enabled (with the table maxed up)... Apparently Tech Support is just as unsmart as the average JOE and says that they know their "units" don't function correctly to the specifications of the features that its suppose to support!

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