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NETGEAR FVS338 Firewall Up to 75 Mbps LAN-to-WAN, up to 19 Mbps for 3DES IPsec tunnel

  • Up to 90 Mbps WAN-to-LAN, up to 60 Mbps for 3DES throughput Maximum Users
  • LAN: up to 253 users
  • 10/100 Mbps Wired Speed
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Network: IP routing, TCP/IP, UDP, ICMP, PPPoE
IP Addressing: DHCP (client and server)
Routing: RIP v1, RIPv2 (Static Routing, Dynamic Routing)
VPN/Security: IPSec (ESP, AH), MD5, SHA-1, DES, 3DES, IKE, PKI, AES
Up to 75 Mbps LAN-to-WAN, up to 19 Mbps for 3DES IPsec tunnel
Maximum Users
LAN: up to 253 users
WAN ports: 8 x 10/100Mbps RJ45 ports
LAN ports: 1 x 10/100Mbps RJ45 port
RS-232 serial port with DB-9
Wired Speed
10/100 Mbps
SPI Firewall: Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) to prevent notorious Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, Intrusion Detection System (IDS) including logging, reporting and e-mail alerts, address, service and protocol, Web URL keyword filtering, prevent replay attack (reassembly attack), port/service blocking. Advanced features include block Java/URL/ActiveX based on extension, FTP/SMTP/RPC program filtering

Mode of Operation: One-to-one/many-to-one Multi-Network Address Translation (NAT), classical routing, unrestricted users per port

IP Address Assignment: Static IP address assignment, internal DHCP server on LAN, DHCP client on WAN, PPPoE client support
VPN Functionality: Fifty (50) dedicated VPN tunnels, Manual key and Internet Key Exchange Security Association (IKE SA) assignment with pre-shared key and RSA/DSA signatures, key life and IKE lifetime time settings, perfect forward secrecy (Diffie-Hellman groups 1 and 2 and Oakley support), operating modes (Main, Aggressive, Quick), fully qualified domain name (FQDN) support for dynamic IP address VPN connections.

IPSec Support: IPSec-based 56-bit (DES), 168-bit (3DES), or 256-bit (AES) encryption algorithm, MD5 or SHA-1 hashing algorithm, AH/AH-ESP support, PKI features with X.509 v.3 certificate support, remote access VPN (client-to-site), site-to-site VPN, IPSec NAT traversal (VPN pass-through)
10.0" x 7.0" x 1.6"
3.7 lbs.


Smart Wizard to automatically detect ISP Address type (static, dynamic, PPPoE)
Port Range Forwarding
Exposed Host (DMZ)
Enable/Disable WAN Ping
DNS Proxy
MAC Address Cloning/Spoofing
NTP support
PPPoE login client support
Telstra BigPond cable login support
Diagnostic tools (ping, trace route, other)
Port/Service blocking

For ProSafe Lifetime Warranty please see:
Power Adapter Warranty : 3 years
Package Contents
Resource Disk
Power Adapter
RJ45 Cable

Manufacturer Warranty

Lifetime limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 0 day
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime

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  • John M.
  • 1/21/2011 11:17:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast Throughput firewall indeed!

Pros: I take care of some IT issues for a small 100 user hot spot that i created on a LOW Budget and was in need of upgrading the router in order to get the most throughput when the firewall is active and loaded up with various rules and bandwidth restrictions. The other issue was getting attacks from outsiders and insiders that would lock up the router. After weeks of research and comments, i decided to go with the FVS338 simply because the money was not there for an enterprise level router and I was use to netgear products (Linksys products don’t compare). The previous model was a FVS318 and it only allowed 6mbs download max with basic firewall rules active. This router has amazing speed (currently getting 30mbs download) and utilizes all of what you pay for from your ISP not to mention more rules, customizations, QOS based on LAN Groups, keyword blocking and other features which i will probably never use. Compared to a professional series appliance this router will perform at a fraction

Cons: The instruction for the average user suck!....There are so many great features on this device that the instruction do not explain well or cover........for an example the ability to restrict bandwidth to a certain user and block sites for some or all users.**** this is great if you have minors on your hotspot or people trying to hog your bandwidth.

Other Thoughts: If you have a roku player leave "Block UDP Flood" unchecked in the Attack Checks section of the securities tab. The roku player constantly sends UDP packets to the will not work otherwise....roku and netgear this would have been helpful information when i was setting it up!

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  • Trevor M.
  • 12/21/2010 2:21:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: I have been very satisfied with this buy. I had 5 locations on a VPN with Routefinders rf550's which where fine for what we used but now that we are expanding we needed something like this. This netgear plays nice with the rf550's I have still working and allows me to slowly upgrade and expand my network. Good Price, never needed to restart the network for the 3 months I have had this, the fallover works great with our backup dialup modem USrobotics 5686 and Qwest M1000 modem as our broadband.

Cons: Tricky interface but is easy enough if you know what you are doing. Doesn't log sites visted and the like as a content filter should. The built in firewall rules are not listed as what they are, the user defined rules can't be TCP and UDP so you'll have to create two rules instead of one.

Other Thoughts: some things that can help: Port redirect is the Translate to Port Number on the LAN WAN inbound service, Interface is such that you don't have to stop internet service when changing settings, can be used as a PPPOE ISP for Qwest with the m1000 in bridging mode, check to see what rules are built in for the firewall then create your rules not listed then enable firewall rules, upgrade to latest firmware for some small changes,

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  • Eileen C.
  • 8/5/2010 6:22:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery pleased

Pros: Rocks right out of the box. Very simple interface to open ports or VPNs. I replaced our 9-year veteran RO318 with this and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up.

Cons: Only one: they should be a little more clear about the way the rulesets have to stack in the documentation. People (like myself) who have done commercial firewall configuration will know to check for this but Joe Schmoe will not. Googling around helped.

Other Thoughts: The party's over script kiddies, I have a real firewall now, LOL!

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  • Michael M.
  • 7/22/2010 9:06:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Firewall

Pros: Quick Install, VERY fast

Cons: None so far

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/28/2010 6:37:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product - not for the unknowledgable

Pros: ICSA Certified
High WAN to LAN throughput
Full offering of capabilities

Cons: Complex system
Menu's are much different from the FR114P and other Netgear Firewalls
Opening ports is more complicated than past Netgear firewalls

Other Thoughts: I had the FR114P for 5 years before it died; and no problem with open NAT on my XBOX 360. I wanted the FVS338 because of the high WAN to LAN throughput and the ICSA certification. It took me many tries to get my XBOX 360 to have an open NAT as there are many more windows and I did get confused. After much effort I gave up and opened all the ports to my XBOX; solving the issue.

If you have no experience with networking or low technical knowledge this firewall is not for you. I had to dive into the manual and still think I was doing something wrong as opening the right ports wasn't quite working for me.

Overall - great product and would purchase again. Not something I would recommend to the non-techy though.

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  • Tito J.
  • 4/2/2010 5:59:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTJ

Pros: Solid unit. I have been using the Netgear FVS318 for close to 7 years. The 318 is fine as long as your download bandwidth is less that 4Mbps. Comcast has dramatically increased the download speeds and I needed a replacement firewall. Netgear is built to last, so I decided to replaced the 318 with the faster 338.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: My download speed was roughly 3-4 Mbps with the 318. After a fresh reboot, my speed was close to 7Mbps. Then the 318 would revert to the 3-4Mbps. I did some research and I found out the culprit was 318 and NOT intermittent problems with Comcast. Not that Comcast is innocent.

I replaced the 318 with a 338. I updated the 338 with the latest firmware. I set the 338 broadband port to 100Mbps full-duplex. I un-checked the TCP & UDP flood control. I rebooted the cable modem and now, I am getting close to 30Mbps download and 3Mbps upload, consistently. 1080p movies streams like a charm.

The FVS318 chokes high bandwidth. The FVS338 is worth the purchase.

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  • William E.
  • 1/19/2010 3:28:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Needed a router for a SOHO setting that could handle a large number of concurrent connections, on a fast low latency connection... this seems to be getting the job done quite well.

Cons: I have an ongoing complaint with the way that Netgear (and a number of other manufactures) have setup the process for port forwarding. I run a number of services and have a few devices that require certain ports be forwarded. However when doing so I have to set it up as a custom service and then (on a different config page) assign that service to the desired IP address after finding the new service in a already lengthy drop down. Would it really be so hard to allow me to assign port x to IP y and be done with it?

Other Thoughts: I rarely use the VPN functionality, however it is easy to set up and seems to work well enough. Seems like solid construction, but its going to sit on a shelf and other than something being occasionally plugged or unplugged this really isn't an issue. I would have preferred dual ethernet instead of the ethernet/serial for redundancy, but I don't use it anyway. I believe there is another (more expensive) model than offers this.

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 12/24/2009 8:24:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat VPN Endpoint

Pros: Very Fast
Lots of Features
Stores the previous version of the firmware
Static assigned IPs with DHCP

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have this working perfectly with a Watchguard Firebox III 700. It takes a minute for the IPSEC VPN to connect, but once it does, it never goes down (Though the Netgear unit has a message about the IPSEC SA expiring, the link has been up for over a week without going down). This unit is MUCH MUCH better than the BEFSX41 unit I tried previously (Given it is 3 times as much).

A Hub and Spoke VPN setup is a bit weird, and if you are not careful with addressing, it may be impossible to do (Because it won't let you create a static route that uses the VPN).

Also, don't try to update the firmware across the VPN.

I don't know why they have an option to do dial up on this. Who uses dial up these days?

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  • Craig S.
  • 12/17/2009 8:03:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid VPN/Firewall/Router

Pros: Metal case, fast CPU, excellent data throughput.

Cons: Wish it had more traffic monitoring and Admin options.

Other Thoughts: Cost effective solution for a simple VPN setup.

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  • Bill D.
  • 9/17/2009 2:58:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNo client for 64-bit OSes

Pros: Seems to work fine except for VPN functionality.

Cons: VPN client does not work with 64-bit Vista. Customer service says they have no idea if a revised client will ever be available that works with 64-bit Vista. Hence, for us, this firewall has no VPN capability. Returning for refund.

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