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Netgear FVX538EU ProSafe VPN Firewall

by NetGear
1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • VPN Firewall, Router & Switch in one
  • Two broadband Internet connections with dual WAN ports
  • 2nd WAN connection can be configured as a back-up or to balance workload
  • 8 auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps LAN ports & 1 10/100/1000 Gigabit port
  • NETGEAR's timesaving VPN Wizard & SmartWizard" simplify set-up
  • Includes ProSafe VPN Client Software 5-user license
  • Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC) tested and certified
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Technical Details
BrandNetGear
Item Weight3 Kg
Product Dimensions42.4 x 24.8 x 10.8 cm
Item model numberFVX538
  
Additional Information
ASINB0008035QI
Best Sellers Rank 178,857 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.2 Kg
Date First Available11 May 2005
  
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Manufacturer's Description

The FVX538 ProSafe" VPN Firewall 200 offers a complete security solution for small and medium sized organisations. This rack-mountable, Firewall is equipped with support for up to 200 VPN tunnels to offer private, secure connectivity to the office from remote branch offices and mobile workers. The FVX538 can serve as a DHCP Server, supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Quality of Service (QoS) and has a powerful SPI Firewall to protect your network's PCs against intruders and most common Internet attacks

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Netgear FVX538 Prosafe VPN Firewall 200 w/ 8 Port 10/100 SwitchWith enterprise-class 90+ Mbps firewall and up to 100 Mbps VPN throughput, the FVX538 is an ideal headquarter security solution for companies that need rock solid network protection and fast, secure VPN access for remote employees and branch offices at a cost-effective price point. NETGEAR's timesaving VPN Wizard and SmartWizard simplify setup and VPN administration. Includes, at no extra cost, the ProSafe VPN Client software 5-user license. High Performance, Manageable Dual WAN Security Firewall At the heart of your office network, NETGEAR's high performance security appliance, ProSafe VPN Firewall 200 offers a complete security solution for small and medium sized companies. This rack-mountable, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall is equipped with support for up to 200 security associations (VPN tunnels). The FVX538 can serve as a DHCP Server, supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Quality of Service (QoS) and has a powerful SPI firewall to protect your PCs against intruders and most common Internet attacks. Featuring eight auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps LAN ports, one Gigabit LAN port and two 10/100 WAN ports, the ProSafe VPN Firewall FVX538 lets multiple computers in your office share two Internet connections. The dual WAN ports let you connect a second Internet line as a backup to insure that you're never disconnected. Or, use both Internet ports at the same time, and let the router balance your office's requirements between them for maximum bandwidth efficiency. One LAN port can be dedicated as a hardware DMZ port for safely providing services to the Internet without compromising security on your LAN. With enterprise-class 90+ Mbps firewall and up to 100 Mbps VPN throughput, the FVX538 is an ideal headquarter security solution for companies that need rock solid network protection and fast, secure VPN access for remote employees and branch offices at a cost-effe

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If like me you are looking to enable VPN access to a home network from work, then avoid this router. The setup was quite straightforward (although email logging didn't work until I upgraded the firmware to version 2.0). I installed the VPN client software and the next day the machine (with the VPN software) went into a cycle of continuously crashing, until I disabled the wireless (I also have the Cisco VPN client installed for work). With the wireless disabled and the machine stable I tried to backup my machine to my buffalo NAS drive through wired network. This again caused my machine to crash. I then uninstalled the Netgear VPN client and the machine is now stable with the wireless working. This situation is unacceptable and from searching on google, other people have come across the same issue. I am therefore returning this router (along with a couple other pieces of netgear kit that formed part of my system). For a supposedly 'business class' piece of equipment this is very disappointing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, when it works... 25 Oct 2006
I bought this item to replace our existing VPN unit for our head office. We already extensively use Netgear equiptment throughout our network and I have been impressed by everything else I have used. I thought this would be a good choice, I'm still not 100% sure yet though. We had to replace the first one we bought because it kept falling over randomly and it was totally unresponsive on the network, this was happening every 3 hours or so. The replacement arrived and it is more stable but it's still fallen over a few times for no apparent reason. It works fine for a few hours and then gives up the ghost, that said it's been running for a couple of days now without having fallen over (touch wood).

In terms of setting it up it is very easy, if you're familiar with other Netgear units then it's a doddle. The interface is easy to use and is quite strightforward. There are lots of helpful features on it and it's quite capable of being the head of the network (we have 15 sites that are connected through it).

Only slight problem is that it doesn't seem to want to talk to the Netgear 318 version 3's, the older 318s are fine but not the most recent ones. Not sure why, and Netgears tech support are a bit pants and keep telling you to turn ut off and back on again, which isn't really viable when it's running a network.

Like I say a good box when it works, but I'm still treating it with kid gloves as I'm worried it might just randomly fall over again, perhaps I've just been unlucky though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Performance 13 Sep 2011
By Mark
I have had one of these Firewalls for 10 months now and it is appalling. Frequent lockups require restarts several times a day. VPN tunnels are totally unreliable and don't even get me started on the Dual WAN facility (Never worked)
Still No Windows 7 support for included VPN client either.
Netgear support have looked and said configured correctly and nothing they can do.

Would not recommend
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