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NETGEAR FVS318N-100NAS ProSafe Wireless-N 8-port Gigabit VPN Firewall 6000 Simultaneous Sessions 95 Mbps
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Sturdy metal construction
Port-based VLANs
IPSEC & SSL VPN
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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ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive
Reliable

Cons: Can be picky about PCI-e slot

Other Thoughts: I've used this part in several applications. It's a decent implementation of a very cheap wireless chipset. I tend to download Realtek's wireless drivers rather than use the ones included on the installation CD.

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OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 5 year limited warranty
Includes 2.5" to 3.5" adapter
The drive shipped with firmware 1.5

Cons: It's too thick to fit in some laptops that make use of 2.5" hdds.
Power consumption could be better.

Other Thoughts: I'm no fan of OCZ, but I bought this drive on a lark when the Samsung 830 series 128GB SSDs were unavailable. So far the OCZ drive has performed as advertised with no issues.

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Display Name: David R.

Date Joined: 11/14/03

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  • First Review: 08/18/10
  • Last Review: 09/04/14
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