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NETGEAR FVS318N-100NAS ProSafe Wireless-N 8-port Gigabit VPN Firewall

  • 6000 Simultaneous Sessions
  • 95 Mbps
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Wired Speed IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Wired + Wireless
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M WAN
  • 8 x 10/100/1000M LAN

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ProSAFE VPN Firewall Series


Essential Business-class Network Protection

NETGEAR ProSAFE business-class VPN Firewalls are high performing routers that deliver Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), Virtual Private Network (VPN), Network Address Translation (NAT), AES and 3DES Encryption, Denial of Service (DoS) protection and provide full secure network access between headquarter locations, remote/branch offices and remote workers. This makes it the ideal solution to provide businesses with the essential network security needed to stop unwanted intrusions.




NETGEAR ProSAFE VPN Firewalls provide both secure IPsec site-to-site tunnels and IPsec secure access for remote clients and also support client-less SSL VPN as well as secure L2TP and PPTP connections. Employing a true SPI firewall with customizable firewall rules, this VPN router is a high-performance, SNMP-manageable, network solution that furnishes multidimensional security including denial-of-service (DoS) protection, stateful packet inspection (SPI), URL keyword filtering, logging, reporting, and real-time alerts.


ProSAFE VPN Firewalls work perfectly with ISP modems, including cable or DSL broadband connections. Wireless-N connectivity1 and Gigabit LAN/WAN ports keep your data moving at top speed and a configurable DMZ port allows for flexible server deployment. With Network Address Translation (NAT) routing and classical routing, all the users in your small office can access your broadband connection at the same time. VLAN support allows for guest networks plus better network segmentation and IPv6 support will enable you to future proof your network.


Models with multiple WAN ports can operate in either a load-balancing or fail-over configuration. The loadbalancing configuration enables maximum throughput by utilizing WAN connections to distribute traffic across two broadband connections, possibly with different ISP providers. Alternatively, a second WAN port may be configured as a failover connection in case the primary connection fails, for another method of providing high reliability.

The rugged metal unit houses advanced, high-quality electronics, and is backed by the industry-best ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty*, Lifetime Technical Support*, and Lifetime Next Business Day Replacement*.

Features and Benefits

Hardware Accelerated Network Processor

  • High Performance LAN-to-WAN throughput for today’s and tomorrow’s broadband speeds

Essential Business Networking Features

  • IPv4/IPv6 Support
  • 802.1Q VLAN
  • QoS
  • NAT and Classical Routing
  • SIP ALG, VPN Passthrough

Secure Firewall

  • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
  • DoS attack protection
  • Block TCP/UDP packet floods
  • Port/service blocking
  • Hardware DMZ port
  • MAC Address filter
  • Web object and keyword blocking

Secure VPN Remote Access

  • SSL VPN – clientless remote access, anywhere, anytime
  • IPsec VPN – secure site-to-site tunnels and client-based remote access
  • Industry-strength encryption algorithms
  • IKE authentication protects against unauthorized remote access
  • L2TP and PPTP Server

Bandwidth Management

  • Control end user bandwidth consumption with Bandwidth Profiles
  • Prioritize traffic with Quality of Service (QoS)
  • WAN Traffic Metering

Dual or Quad WAN Ports

  • Connect multiple broadband connections simultaneously
  • 2 modes of session-based WAN load balancing
  • WAN failover for maximum uptime

Easy to use

  • Auto Detect connects to your ISP quickly
  • DHCP (client and server) for fast deployment
  • Intuitive Web management GUI
  • IPsec VPN Wizard allows for easy VPN setup
  • SNMP, telnet management support
  • SYSLOG and emailed logs enable thorough network monitoring

Reliable NETGEAR Hardware

  • Industry-grade metal casing
  • High-quality electronics
  • Lifetime Hardware Warranty
  • Lifetime Technical Support
  • Lifetime Next Business Day Replacement

ProSAFE VPN Firewall Deployment Diagram


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Daniel W.
  • 10/29/2015 9:17:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWow!!!! Looks like a rough history

Pros: I have had a really good time working with this router. From the reviews of years gone by, it looks like earlier models had some real issues. I hope those are all issues that have now been resolved with the latest firmware update, and the router will continue to be solid.

I have one customer with three tenants. We are splitting up a 75 Mbps connection in 3 VLANs and Wireless VLANs to go along with them. After 90 Days, I checked back in with them, and everyone has been really pleased with the security and reliability.

I like that many of the changes to the router happen without a reboot. A welcome change from other Netgear devices that reboot after EVERY MINOR Change.

Limited Lifetime warranty and sturdy construction. I just replaced an earlier non-wireless version of this router from 10 Yrs ago. Hope I get another 10 yrs out of this one.

CLI Interface for the code junkies. Nice for setting up the router by script.
GUI for those that aren't.
Plenty of flexibility in this device that you would expect to see in more expensive devices.

Cons: Interface is slow. You could step out and get lunch while it loads the DHCP Log.
Many people have pointed out the poor tech support. I have just given up on those guys all together.

You may want to check the WAN Management settings. I think I saw them enabled by default. Make sure your Administrator User Accounts are in order.

WAN Port is labeled as Gig, even though the throughput is listed as 95 Mbps. Would like to see this increased to reflect the port speed. I don't quite understand that. Why even 95 Mbps. That's not even a standard speed.

Other Thoughts: I looks like this device really sucked prior to 2015. I hesitate to say, I think Netgear has finally got things worked out.
(I hope I didn't just jinks it...)

This device is only rated at 95 Mbps on the WAN side. Where I come from 50 Mbps and below is the norm. Be Mindful of this limitation if your from the "Big City"

It's too bad NetGear didn't take a more "Quality First" approach to the firmware side of things in the first place, but I really think that is a sign of the times. Look at the Junk MS shovels forth as they desperately trying to fix things, and finish writing the code in the back ground.

I really wish Netgear would offer a Dual WAN Packet Based load balancing version of this wireless router.

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  • Bradley F.
  • 5/24/2015 11:09:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsA different experience

Pros: LAN speed, simple interface, RS-232 for command line, compact, runs cool

Cons: WAN speed

Other Thoughts: Despite the dismal reviews on this and just about every other website, I had a client buy this for a small office of 7 wired and 8 wireless stations. Using the lastest firmware as of this writing, I was surprised how different my experience was with this router. The web interface is a tad slow but not painfully so. Changes are made without reboots so that issue is a wash. Since this office is a design center heavily reliant on local database operations, internet access is incidental and only necessary for mostly personal use so the hit it took across the WAN wasn't noticeable (they have basic service anyway). Transferring very large files between 3 pairs of stations simultaneously was very close to 1 Gbps (jumbo frames off!). I haven't tested the wifi speeds under a worst case scenario but so far I haven't had any complaints. Take this all with a grain of salt as it has only been in use for a week, with all static IP's and no extra services turned on but if you need an 8 gigabit port LAN router, this seems to work well. As I add services or the router fails, I may amend this review.

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  • David R.
  • 9/4/2014 8:13:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThree Year (almost) Follow-Up

Pros: Sturdy metal construction
Port-based VLANs
All Gig-E ports
Supports jumbo frames
Small size
Console serial port
Limited lifetime hardware warranty

Cons: Painfully slow Web GUI
Fundamentally unstable

Other Thoughts: At one time I had as many as eight of these units in the field, but now I've replaced them with competing products (at my own expense) because my clients deserve better.

Simply stated, Netgear's engineers have not been able to provide a firmware update that enables this firewall's full feature set without breaking something in the process. Fix the DHCP lease problems and the router intermittently drops RDP packets; fix the frequent lockups and the router starts dropping DNS traffic; fix the periodic loss of wireless connectivity and the LAN-WAN rules stop working. I pulled the last unit earlier this week (firmware 4.3.1-22) because it could only go a few days before clients began to experience timeouts, half-loaded webpages and loss of internet connectivity. Nearly three years and nine firmwares after I purchased my first FVS318N, Netgear added the only feature that makes sense for this flaky firewall: the ability to automatically reboot itself every 24 hours.

The FVS318N isn't the only recent Netgear product I've seen with reliability issues. Poor design, poor implementation and laughably poor support is a good reason to look elsewhere for SoHo/SMB kit.

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  • Philippe C.
  • 5/19/2014 8:30:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None

Cons: Very very slow admin interface. Very unstable router with lock ups and random failures.

Other Thoughts: Never buy this.

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  • Michael G.
  • 4/9/2014 3:25:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWow this thing is terrible!

Pros: It turns on and works....sometimes. Easy to use interface - typical Netgear fare.

Cons: Everything else about this thing is terrible! I read the reviews here before I bought it and thought maybe there were configuration errors, lack of firmware updates, or even just isolated instances, but everything everyone said here is true! I almost lost a customer because of this thing, as I sold them on getting a 50 meg connection instead of their old T1 line, and in so doing required a new router to handle the higher WAN throughput. Well I was having DNS resolution issues, connection timeouts, sporatic loading messages on web pages, etc. It was a disaster! Thankfully I had a Zyxel Zywall USG20 firewall handy to replace the Netgear with and all of their problems disappeared! I then brought this back to my office to install as my main router just to see if it was an issue with their network, and it does the same thing to me! I'm about to switch it out now, and as I type this, I have 2 tabs with whirling loading circles because the web page won't load. I updated firmware, wiped to factory defaults, and anything else I could think of that normally gets these things to work, and nothing would fix it! I'm with everyone else here and looking at using just Cisco or ZyXel for my firewalls from now on. I can't trust Netgear anymore, and can't risk losing customers over their buggy products.

Other Thoughts: Just save yourself the trouble and buy something else....anything else!

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  • Scott D.
  • 3/13/2014 10:14:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo SSL

Pros: Good connectivity on wired network

Cons: This router does not support SSL VPN in a Microsoft Internet Explorer ver. 11 environment. Netgear admits this and will not commit any resources to find a solution. As stated in other reviews this router is extremely difficult to set up in an IPSEC environment also.
Wireless connectivity is also lost periodically, it is not stable at all. I have now wasted over a month with online email support. Technicians will not read entire emails and communicate appropriately. I have to continually re-ask the question. It has become not worth the effort, what a waste of my clients money and my time. Reconsider Netgear products before you buy.

Other Thoughts: It is amazing to me that Netgear continues selling this router. In my opinion it should be shelved and/or used for a paper weight as state in another review. This router has certainly blemished my opinion of Netgear products so onto Cisco!

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  • Dire T.
  • 1/30/2014 6:55:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnstable

Pros: In theory, a great device combining VPN and wireless connectivity. If the device was stable.

Cons: The device is unstable. Periodically, connected devices will lose ethernet connectivity. This includes RDP sessions (across local and VPN), internet sites, and the router's internal management website. The loss occurs on wired and wireless connections. The current firmware version (4.3.0-19) does not address the problem.

Other Thoughts: Netgear is our exclusive network security and switch hardware provider. We own several switches, UTM, and VPN devices. Our experience with this device will not effect future Netgear purchases.

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  • Andrew K.
  • 1/23/2014 4:44:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy

Pros: Wireless can handle a small office with many connections well. Rarely does it need to be rebooted because of wireless.

Cons: The web interface is THE most complicated I have ever seen. I have been in IT for 6 years and have used ~20 routers. Planning to use syslog? --Complicated. Planning to use VPN? --Complicated. Even IPSEC is so complicated that I added another router in front (temporarily) to get a needed connection.

Other Thoughts: I would throw this thing away if it wasn't for my boss who insists we keep it--he doesn't configure it!

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  • Steven M.
  • 11/11/2013 3:41:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Price and Reliability

Cons: If you don't update the firmware you are up the creek.
The interface is not as easy to use as the past versions

Other Thoughts: I have had this unit for over 4 months now and it has been really reliable.
When I first got it it took a couple of hours to get it right. I got frustrated with it and then before I threw it through a wall I decided to update the firm ware. after that it has been very reliable and nothing has needed to be changed,

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  • Robert B.
  • 11/9/2013 8:36:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHORRIBLE - Stay Away

Pros: None

Cons: Consistently provided poor network performance. Wired connections could not connect to the Internet pages would be incomplete or would be text versions instead of HTML. Long delays. Netgear sent a replacement (after I paid an additional $19.99) and it was the same.

Other Thoughts: I am an IT consultant with 25 years in the industry. I have used Netgear products for many years with great success. This is a bad product!

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