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1.0 out of 5 stars Windows XP ONLY Forget Vista/7/OSX, June 7, 2010
This review is from: NETGEAR FVS338 ProSafe VPN Firewall 50 (Personal Computers)
We got one of these for our home office. Seems to work alright except for the fact that they seem utterly incapable of providing a client that works on anything more advanced than Windows XP. We have multiple people who work remote that were forced to reformat their home machines just so they could connect to our network.

I personally tried 4 different alternative software vendors to see if we could find something better than the crap-tastic "pro-safe" software they give you, and none of them seem able to communicate with the FVS338 (standard IPSec tunneling right? Wrong) I guess like everything else netgear makes, it just doesn't work the way it should.

I guess maybe we'll keep this piece of garbage around as a switch, but we'll have to go drop more cash on a worthwhile VPN to layer on top of it.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2010 5:00:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 5, 2010 5:25:02 AM PDT
James H. Fox says:
There was a procedure someone mentioned in the Netgear forum a couple of years ago about how you could install the present Prosafe software and use its upgrade function to download a newer version that was Vista compatible (and probably Win7 also). Check their forum (for Enterprise/Business Products/VPN Routers), but the install files for the upgraded version could be found in some install folder and saved for later use.

And I just tried it, and it is easy enough to download the update and find it, since they give you the location where it is saved. But it seems to be for 32-bit only, and does not appear to be working on Win7 64-bit, but I have not tried compatibility mode.
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