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NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall 8 with 8-Port 10/100 Switch

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  • Wired VPN with 8-port 10/100 Mbps switch
  • Business-class security includes SPI firewall and an Intrusion Detection System
  • Eight dedicated VPN tunnels to protect links between locations
  • Backed by 3-Year warranty
  • Device measures 7.1 x 1.4 x 9.95 inches (WxHxD)
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Product Details

Product Manual [1.08mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.4 inches ; 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006B9HC
  • Item model number: FVS318NA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 21, 2002

Product Description

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The NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall 8 with 8-Port 10/100 Switch offers:
  • Eight auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps ports.
  • Stateful Packet Inspection firewall and NAT for security.
  • Eight dedicated VPN tunnels for secure remote links
The NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall 8 with 8-Port 10/100 Switch offers the small office a space-saving design combining wired connectivity, a NAT router, VPN appliance, SPI firewall, and an eight-port 10/100 Mbps Ethernet switch.



NAT and an SPI firewall protects your network from most common attacks. View larger.
Wired and Wireless Connectivity
The FVS318 has a built-in switch, with eight 10/100 Mbps auto-sensing, Auto Uplink ports. With Network Address Translation (NAT) routing, up to 253 users can simultaneously access your connection.

High-class Security
For businesses that require more than just a simple NAT router, the FVS318 offers significantly more protection. It provides: a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall to prevent Denial of Service attacks, an Intrusion Detection System (IDS), the ability to block Java/URL/ActiveX based on extension, and FTP/SMTP/RPC program filtering.

The FVS318 has eight dedicated VPN tunnels to protect links between remote locations, encrypting the data between them. IPSec-based encryption up to 256 bit is also supported. This lets you easily create secure connections to branch offices or mobile workforces.

Easy Setup
Even with all the functionality the FVS318 provides, NETGEAR makes setup a breeze with the intuitive Smart Wizard that connects you to your ISP quickly. The web-based configuration screen is easy-to-use and requires no additional software. DHCP and PPPoE support makes widespread deployment simple.

The NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall 8 with 8-Port 10/100 Switch is backed by a 3-year warranty.

What's in the Box
FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall, power adapter, category 5 ethernet cable, installation guide, resource CD, warranty/support information card.


Product Description

8 x 10/100Base-TX LAN, 1 x 10Base-T WAN - Broadband Router

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Customer Reviews

Port forwarding is in use and working fine and the internet access policy, although not the most robust I've…Internet access is quick and the setup is relatively easy. I… Read more ›
I am very pleased with the results so far. Setup was easy with no problems. With in minutes, everything was working great. Read more ›
This switch and firewall is between our Satellite system which communicates with our corporate headquarters and the…Easy to set up and it works great for our purposes. Read more ›
Un…It was very easy to set up but I had to uninstall the VPN client when I need to run my Cisco VPN client and then reeninstall the Netgear VPN client when I want to run it. Read more ›
After over 10 years, my previous version of this product finally started to be intermittent, so I…It was easy to install, easy to program, and worked perfectly right away. Read more ›
I'm well…This, also, is my top recommendation to anyone wanting an easy to install, no maintenance security device for home or small business use (under 25 users). Read more ›
This thing will slow down your connection speed, browsing speed, everything. The processor is to slow. Read more ›
the price is competitive, its performance meets what I want to do, perfectly protects Internet connections,it's easy internal functions, thanks. Read more ›
If you have a slower broadband connection (maybe less than 4 megs??), this unit is probably fine... but for anything faster, it just can't do the job. Ours is going back. Read more ›
If you have fast connection or plan to get one you have to avoid this unit as it just can't keep up, which is a shame because that is really its only drawback. If they come… Read more ›
We have a production database server behind one of these routers and the version 1 does a poor job of cleaning up broken or lost connections. Over a few days this results… Read more ›
BUSINESS CLASS SECURE Initiates up to 8 IPSec VPN tunnels simultaneously, allowing for secured connections to branch offices and the "on-the-go" mobile workforce. Network… Read more ›
Initially, I called Netgear tech support to get it configured to my online broadband modem as there is no…The support was not pleasant, way too techy for me to understand. Read more ›
My experience with tech support has been the worst BY FAR in 20 years of computing. The 2 techs i dealt with were remarkably incompetent, responding after days at a time… Read more ›
As expected, Netgear support is mediocre. Level 1 support can only handle very simple issues and Level 2 support is VERY slow. Read more ›
As expected, Netgear support is mediocre. Level 1 support can only handle very simple issues and Level 2 support is VERY slow. I recommend you use the incident-submission… Read more ›
Their support is unresponsive. If I am able to get through on the phone the support reps are difficult to understand. Their technical support people have, in my experience,… Read more ›
The delivered as promised, and Netgear's tech support helped us configure the VPN client quickly. Great support. Read more ›
They are supremely easy to set up, plenty of internet-searchable support, and easy to VPN. The price is fantastic and they are rock-solid. However, they are very limited by… Read more ›
a 1000 speed. But it is well priced Read more ›
Creates a nice stable VPN tunnel. Pretty good value. Read more ›
A little secret thats normally not told to you, purchase the VPN ProSafe software…Pay the full price and they will give you unlimited support until you get it going. I'… Read more ›
SMC was worse than useless when I sought service help since the…Anyway, I bought this Netgear router as it was the only one with 8 ports and firewall at a reasonable price. Read more ›
When the router was working it seemed to perform well. The features are excellent and the interface is very good. Read more ›
This unit was easy to purchase but very…Initially, I called Netgear tech support to get it configured to my online broadband modem as there is no software CD to do this. Read more ›
I would not recommend purchasing the device online from anywhere as it is impossible to…The differences are significant, and deal with the hardware as well as the firmware. Read more ›
This is an awesome deal, as it costs less than buying just the Safenet VPN client software alone, and also give firewall protection to the client(s.) It can act as a VPN… Read more ›
For a few of my clients I've even set up "static"…The performance is fantastic and it is the configuration I recommend for people connecting to the office from home. Us… Read more ›
To top it off, it then takes and divides that 25…If no one else is connected and I'm using a SWITCH I should get full throughput end-to-end less a small amount of latency. Read more ›
Linksys, other netgears, D-link, all ran slow or locked up…This one ran full speed, no issues, quick setup and as good as the $1000 Sonicwall that was there before. Hig… Read more ›
I have a cable modem and have been using Apple routers for quite sometime with great performance (20-35mbps to the Internet), however I wanted something that would also… Read more ›
If your network is fairly simple, a default block all rule could be created [which must be at the end of the list] and then you can specify what outbound services are… Read more ›
I…They also play well with other networking devices such as firewalls from other manufactures (as in setting up and maintaining secure internal VPN channels between them). Read more ›
The Netgear FVS318v3 may seem like a great option for users with the need for many ports, but beware! The FVS318v3 loses connectivity TOO OFTEN. Read more ›
The performance is fantastic and it is the configuration I recommend for people connecting…Using DDNS on both the FVS318 and the BEFSX41 work great for dynamic connections. Read more ›
When the router was working it seemed to perform well. The features are excellent and the interface is very good. Read more ›
The FVS also streams telemetry via syslog, so its easy…The device, however, does not have a secure local configuration option (remote admin is supported via SSL, though). Read more ›
Netgear is well designed, works well and is very standard. This is a 10/100 but not Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Yoshiro Aoki on December 27, 2005
(NOTE: please see new info at the end of this review)

I have been running several (5) FVS318 devices, all versions, on my internal network for many years now. I have found them to be stable and reliable and easy to configure. They also play well with other networking devices such as firewalls from other manufactures (as in setting up and maintaining secure internal VPN channels between them).

VPN performance does falloff considerably with stricter encryption, so internally across trusted subnets and through wireless channels I move unclassified data using DES.
The FVS also streams telemetry via syslog, so its easy to keep track of everything. The device, however, does not have a secure local configuration option (remote admin is supported via SSL, though).

Remote (aggressive mode) VPN works fine with this device, with Netgear's VPN client software. The built-in VPN client in Windows XP Pro doesn't seem to want to play with the FVS318. The Remote Identity Type of FQDN or FQUN required for remote access don't match up with the options available under XP Pro. Really, it seems the FVS318 could have offered a Remote Identity Type of IP Address & allow IP Any (0.0.0.0) but alas it doesn't (perhaps to sell more client software?). Since I had the client software, however, I didn't pursue that option exhaustively. But off the cuff I don't see it as workable.

Overall, the FVS318 is a good basic internal subnet firewall, except in cases where syslog forwarding out the WAN port is called for: none of the FVS318 versions (1,2,or 3) apparently supports this fundamental operation, that I have seen anyway.

I would not recommend purchasing the device online from anywhere as it is impossible to tell which version (1 - 3) that you will end up with.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Umbach on August 17, 2003
I have been using the Netgear FVS318 router firewall for over a month now with not one glitch. For the money, this is an amazing bargain considering it is a true SPI firewall and a certified ipsec VPN endpoint for eight tunnels included with a eight port switch! The quality of Netgear products are also commendable.
We had it up and running in less than fifteen minutes. My son configured two ipsec vpn tunnels with his friends networks using Linksys VPN routers in short order and I have one configured to my Windows 2000 computer at work that is behind a nat router using Windows 2000 built in ipsec capabilities. All three of our ipsec tunnels have proven to be reliable. I also have no problems using remote desktop through port 3389 or going to my pptp Windows 2000 vpn server through port 1723 behind the FVS318.
We have not experienced any of the problems that other reviewers have, but we have experience configuring these kinds of devices. The FVS318 has fairly extensive built in logging though it does not store much information itself but it can be configured to transfer log information to another computer and can even send you an email alert if certain attacks are detected. It has configurable services based on ports and protocols that are used to create port forwarding to inbound services and block outbound services. However you are limited to 16 services. It can control outbound traffic which is very important to defend against undetected trojans or users [and kids] running things like file swapping or other unapproved applications that access the internet. Internet access can be even controlled by a day/time schedule.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on July 23, 2008
I have had this for years (the v3), it has run solid as a rock. Setting up static IP routes for Network storage and network printers is a breeze, I used reserved IPs for almost everything on my network and this handles everything you can throw at it. Has been great for a small business, the firewall is solid as well.

Now to the reason I am shopping for its replacement. My internet connection used to top out at 5Mbs and this could handle it fine, however in our area we have now been able to upgrade to an 18Mbs connection, which this cannot handle. The thoroughput on this unit tops at just under 7Mbs, bypassing it and going straight to a cpu hits 18Mbs. It's a shame that this unit is just too slow to handle higher speeds as the world is headed that way.

If you have fast connection or plan to get one you have to avoid this unit as it just can't keep up, which is a shame because that is really its only drawback. If they come out with an updated version of this that can handle my connection I'd switch back, but for now looks like I am headed for the Dlink DGL-4100 as I am told by coworkers who have it that it handles the speed. If that one does or does not work with higher speeds I will put in a review of that one after I try it.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Fridman on April 13, 2004
Hello -
I see that there are a mix of reviews, so I'll try to put my angle in perspective.
I am an advanced home user in the respect that I am pretty knowledgeable about basic networking and have a basic lab at home with three PCs.
Anyway, my needs are strictly limited to (1) providing the most security for my PCs and (2) allowing the networked PCs to see each other when needed.
The FVS318 is one of the few Netgear products that passes the GRC.COM and symantec.com security scans. No ports open and no responses - total stealth according to those scans. That is important because I have a cable connection and leave my machines running 24x7.
The router has been very stable. I don't think I've ever had to reboot it in the past year.
Most of the newer Netgear products are very poor but this one is still great.
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