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I am a Netgear fan. I have a lot of equipment in my home, and have always found Netgear to be a reliable brand that just works! I had a fvs318 that worked great for years, but could not keep up with my upgraded Internet connection. I got 29M out of the modem, but it petered out to 7M by the time it got to the desktop. A new fvs318 made no difference. This baby hums! 29M right to my desktop with easy setup. I DO wish it had ore than one Gigabit port, but that's a minor hassle.

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by Broadrun Technologies, LLC can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Broadrun Technologies, LLC
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/30/2008
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100% (2 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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It lacks some features, like a command-line dump of its configuration (it uses a proprietary binary format) and some routing features; but it works, and is cheap. We had problems with the stability of vpn channels when connecting to Juniper NetScreen equipment (the channels would go down at least weekly and have to be manually reset), so I'd stick to netgear-to-netgear vpns with this box.

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by K. Novak can be read at Amazon.Com
 
K. Novak
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3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/18/2008
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I've owned several FVX538 over the years, deploying the first one in 2003. Back then they weren't the most reliable or easy to configure appliances on the market but they were considerably more cost effective than the other appliances that were available at the time. I ended up with two v1 units running 7x24x365 for five and six years respectfully. However, both v1 units have up and died, first one in February 09 and the second unit failed last week. The symptoms were consistent on both unit...

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by M. Gulbranson can be read at Amazon.Com
 
M. Gulbranson
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/19/2009
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50% (1 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I'm on my 15th installation of this router and have had zero failures and zero downtime in 3 years of service.

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by Nicko44 can be read at CDW
 
Nicko44
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/17/2014
User Location: NY
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100% (1 of 1) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I bought this product 2 years ago. I really wanted to like it. It had a lot of features I wanted, dual wan ports, VPN, etc. but this thing really sucks. I have 8 years experience as a network administrator, but this thing was never reliable. I had to power cycle this router at least twice a week due to lockups. After updating firmware 4 times I finally gave up. Netgear tech support from India is worse than useless. Save yourself some frustration and get the Xincom DPG-502. It has worked f...

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by Sean Ponder can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Sean Ponder
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1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/22/2008
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0% (0 of 2) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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The other review for this item might scare you into not buying it, but we installed one of these firewalls to protect my employers network and it has performed flawlessly. We liked it's gigabit capability, and that it can be connected to 2 internet sources for redundancy or to increase capacity. We also like it's construction, which is a solid metal cabinet which seems to shed heat nicely and has enough heft to say put if it's simply set of a shelf.

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by DWE can be read at Amazon.Com
 
DWE
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/07/2007
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I finally gave up on this dual wan router. Our use is mission critical. Whenever this router would lock up and cease to function, I would have to travel to our office all hours of the night or weekend to power cycle it to resume service. I installed every firmware upgrade for the past nine months, with hope that this time the freeze ups would be fixed. I could no longer tolerate the poor service. I have replaced this router with a single WAN port Dlink (I had to give up using the dual WAN months...

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by Network Tech can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Network Tech
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/04/2007
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I basically have mixed feeling about this router. My company was looking for a new router that can handle more LAN traffic, provides VPN functionality, and support two WAN lines with failover or load balancing. This is the only router (that I can found) that provides all these features at a very reasonable price. Basically, it has a lots of features and functionality for a small business environment - only if you can get them to work. Basically, if you are only going to use this router for a...

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by Ben Wong can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Ben Wong
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/10/2007
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While I have been very pleased with the performance of this product, configuration and setup was very easy, and even updates to the device are easy to do, it's not reliable.It seems that every 3 or 4 days I lose connection to the Internet. This is a 7 PC network, couple of servers. There really isn't huge bandwidth being used. But it is like it gets frozen - you can't ping it, you can't get to anything on the outside like the gateway or DNS servers, and a simple power reset gets it working aga...

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by Don Awalt can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Don Awalt
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1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/22/2007
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I'm very pleased with this product and I highly recommend it:- The setup has been a breeze including setting up VPN connections from dynamic clients as well as from another router (a Cisco/Linksys RVS 4400N).- The performances are phenomenal (e.g. VPN set up time...)One recommendation: make sure you upgrade your firmware in the first place (so that you don't lose your previous configuration parameters)...One comment to the NetGear team: terrific job! It would be great to have more than 1 GB port...

Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 review by Herve Rivere can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Herve Rivere
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/22/2007
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