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This review is from: NETGEAR SRX5308-100NAS ProSafe Quad WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall
Pros: At my office we use multiple ISPs to service different segments of our local market with decent speeds. This is one of the rare routers where we were able to set large blocks of IP addresses up per ISP on each WAN port (primary WAN IP and then add all your other IP's in your block as secondary).
After setting up various IP's, we created dozens of VLANs to match each customer. The netgear allows you to create an outbound rule for each vlan and match it against a particular WAN and secondary IP. The incoming NAT rules will work for secondary IP's to internal vlans as expected.
I haven't seen many routers with a graphical interface that can pull this off and it is very impressive. The VPN to a specific VLAN also works as expected. With these features I was able to eliminate numerous small vpn routers from our cabinet that clients were using to connect to us.
It takes a little experience and some guesswork since the docs do not spell it out on how to do these functions but I came away very happy with a less complicated mess of wires and power cords and a single interface for my cabinet and our clients.
Cons: My first unit ordered arrived with defective flash memory. It wouldn't boot properly and the firmware could not be updated due to I/O errors when saving it to the device. Did not give me a good first impression.
Other Thoughts: Update the firmware right off to reduce your future troubleshooting.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Gigabit LAN, fast and responsive web interface with lots of useful settings in addition to the VPN. No power brick is just fantastic.
Cons: Port Forwarding is only half as useful as it should be the way they have implemented it. If you want to do something like this:
4000 forwards to 3389 on 192.168.0.100
5000 forwards to 3389 on 192.168.0.101
You will be very disappointed, as this device offers no way to set the incoming port to be translated to a forwarded port. The device calls them virtual servers instead and 3389 must be forwarded as is to a particular machine inside the network. If you have lots of machines to remote into or have other services in common across machines, you'll have to find some way to change the port on the PC itself as this device cannot do it for you.
I don't think I have ever used a router that couldn't do this and I was extremely surprised by this. I bought two to get the gigabit lan but I can't use one because its predecessor had a lot of port forwarding rules that can't be duplicated.
Pros: Removed from box, installed drives, installed the OS and had iSCSI target working within 30 minutes. Very easy to use. I removed a disk while the unit was on after the raid was built and during a test data transfer to the iSCSI target. The NAS continued operating and sent me emails warning me of the failure. My transfer was not interrupted. When I reinserted the drive, it started a rebuild after I used the web interface to confirm the new drive. Very nice interface and feature set for the price range.
Cons: Takes a long time to rebuild an array if a disk is downed, nearly 48 hours with 3TB drives.
Other Thoughts: Installing the OS was a little unusual, had to load an image from the CD that matched the model I had bought. It took about 15 to 20 minutes to transfer but that may have been due to the array being built for the first time. I was really happy to see a Mac client that ran on my 10.8 based system without any issue as well as a Windows package.READ FULL REVIEW