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Received old version from Amazon
 
I too had a poor experience with this device. There are a LOT of updates and fixes available for the problems described by the other reviewer, but unfortunately they are only available for the "V2" device. Amazon shares part of the blame for the problem since I ordered my device WELL after the V2 released but Amazon sent me one of the "old stock" V1 devices.After performing all possible V1 updates, tuning, tweaks, etc. I was ready to return the device. I decided that I would give ...

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by Just Some Guy can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Just Some Guy
 Rated It 
2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/08/2008
User Location: Texas
Review From: User Review
 
93% (15 of 16) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Worth the effort...
 
While researching this product, I found many, many negative reviews. But, in the end, being able to get a Netgear VPN, firewall, router and wireless capability for 100 dollars less than buying the VPN and wireless access point separately was too much to pass up. As I have often found with networking (especially wireless) products, the underlying issue of the large number of negative reviews is people's lack of understanding of networking and/or inability to properly configure the device. In t...

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by Dave S can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Dave S
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/20/2008
User Location: Texas
Review From: User Review
 
81% (9 of 11) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Does not work as advertised
 
I retruned the product to Amazon and have not yet received my credit for the return.The product did not work as advertised. Would not retain configuration across cold boots of the device. When ever there was a power failure I had to reconfigure the device. I had purchased two of them and both of them had the problem.The DDNS does not work. Netgear acknowedgeds the problem, however, they are not willing to put out a firmware release to fix it. Instead they suggested I purc...

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by I. Chun can be read at Amazon.Com
 
I. Chun
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/30/2007
User Location:
Review From: User Review
 
76% (10 of 13) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Unstable - FVG318
 
Poor experience with this product - it proved to be extremely unreliable.Setup was quick with the documentation provided including handling fixed IP addresses and the wireless setup including security was painless. However in operation it was dropping connectivity within a couple of hours requiring a power off and power on cycle. Sometime the wired access would drop and other times the wireless, often both. I spent three + hours on the phone with Netgear technical "pro" support wh...

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by P. Sweeney can be read at Amazon.Com
 
P. Sweeney
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/06/2008
User Location: NY
Review From: User Review
 
100% (3 of 3) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Solid features, but lacking stability
 
This product has great features and easy setup, along with plenty of ports to connect to (8) which is especially good for a home network with lots of connections. Problem is that the interface seems buggy and sometimes the system does not respond to changes (i.e. mac address access list additions) without rebooting. Sometimes the wireless network drops out entirely. Not too often, but often enough for me to look for another more stable solution. I'm doing web development from home and have v...

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by LineNoise88 "rooster@richcap.c can be read at Amazon.Com
 
LineNoise88 "rooster@richcap.c
 Rated It 
2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 06/12/2009
User Location: New Jersey
Review From: User Review
 
100% (3 of 3) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Nothing but headaches
 
Basically stops responding, oh, whenever it feels like it. Sometimes after a day, sometimes after a minute. Lights are still on, nobody home. reboot router.After jumping through major hoops to just get *access* to the support forumns (which, by the way, are community run, not official support), I saw the several threads about this issue. My old Netgear router (non VPN) worked fine. This one, not so much.(yes I'm patched up to the latest firmware)

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by AD "AD" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
AD "AD"
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/25/2011
User Location: WA state
Review From: User Review
 
100% (2 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Randomly stops NAT routing
 
Initially the product worked well. The setup was fairly straightforward as far as routers go, and it increased my bandwidth by over 4MBS. It also allowed my multitude of network equipment to operate as plug and play without specifically opening obscure ports.However, I was disappointed with the VPN features. My intend was to use it to encrypt my internet connection at free wifi locations, but after reviewing many forums determined the IPSec wasn't compatible with Apple iOS devices...

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Anonymous
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/22/2011
User Location:
Review From: User Review
 
100% (2 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Excellent system, unless a novice with routers.
 
Great performance and very versatile. No problems with setup, but familiar with various routers, and had previously owned a more simple model from NetGear. On-line support was excellent too.

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by pajr can be read at Walmart
 
pajr
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/23/2011
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Review From: User Review
 
100% (2 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great all-in-one Unit
 
I purchased this to replace separate firewalls, switches and wireless access points that were EOL. It works right out of the box, but if you want to configure it, you have plenty of options - but if you are not familiar with SMB level firewalls, just take the defaults and you will already have more security than an advanced home user. With the VPN client software you can effortlessly VPN back to your home network.

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review by Dirk can be read at B&H Photo
 
Dirk
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 06/30/2009
User Location: Nebraska
Review From: User Review
 
66% (2 of 3) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Careful with the firmware upgrade
 
I would have given this product a 5 across the board except for 2 things. I tried to download and update to the lastest firmware, V 2.1.2-40 but it rendered the device inoperable. I couldn't even get into the management interface through a cable connection. I have to say Netgear tech support was very good at working me through the issue. I actually bought 2 of these and had the exact same problem with both, so I feel it has to be the firmware. The firmware back out process is very flaky. O...

Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall 8 review can be read at Rakuten
 
Anonymous
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/11/2008
User Location:
Review From: User Review
 
100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
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