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4 out of 5 eggs A moderate Switch for Today's technology 03/03/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall Switch

Pros: First, it has plenty of security features and can do quite a few things. the 8 ports are definitely helpful. However, this is where the pros end.

Cons: This unit is already a few years old and I used it for several years before realizing that it wasn't my internet that was slow, it was the unit that was cutting my bandwidth in half and literally costing me $30 each and every month for two years.

It's WAN to LAN is NOT 12.5 Mbps. That's counting BOTH ways, i believe 'full-duplex'. It's 'half duplex' is only 7.5 at MOST. I have 10 Mbps from comcast. I hooked up my desktop and laptop directly to the modem and got 12 Mbps. I added this VPN and it dropped to 4.5 Mbps.

It's a pain to setup. And I mean a pain. Took me 30 minutes the first time. the FVS 338 is a little smarter.

I highly recommend looking for the VPN FVS 338 Model. Up to 90 Mbps WAN to LAN and 60 for the 3DES service.

Other Thoughts: It's 'switching fabric' is 250 Mbps (up + down stream data x 8)

the FVS 338 is a superior model. Faster CPU, more RAM, higher switching fabric, faster throughput.

10/100 Mbps Wired Speed - 50/50.
12.5 Mbps LAN to WAN throughput - WRONG. Try 7.5. I'd know, I tested and suffered for two years with this speed with a 10 Mbps service. Switched to FVS 338 and got full speed instantly.

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4 out of 5 eggs A moderate Switch for Today's technology 03/03/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall Switch

Pros: First, it has plenty of security features and can do quite a few things. the 8 ports are definitely helpful. However, this is where the pros end.

Cons: This unit is already a few years old and I used it for several years before realizing that it wasn't my internet that was slow, it was the unit that was cutting my bandwidth in half and literally costing me $30 each and every month for two years.

It's WAN to LAN is NOT 12.5 Mbps. That's counting BOTH ways, i believe 'full-duplex'. It's 'half duplex' is only 7.5 at MOST. I have 10 Mbps from comcast. I hooked up my desktop and laptop directly to the modem and got 12 Mbps. I added this VPN and it dropped to 4.5 Mbps.

It's a pain to setup. And I mean a pain. Took me 30 minutes the first time. the FVS 338 is a little smarter.

I highly recommend looking for the VPN FVS 338 Model. Up to 90 Mbps WAN to LAN and 60 for the 3DES service.

Other Thoughts: It's 'switching fabric' is 250 Mbps (up + down stream data x 8)

the FVS 338 is a superior model. Faster CPU, more RAM, higher switching fabric, faster throughput.

10/100 Mbps Wired Speed - 50/50.
12.5 Mbps LAN to WAN throughput - WRONG. Try 7.5. I'd know, I tested and suffered for two years with this speed with a 10 Mbps service. Switched to FVS 338 and got full speed instantly.

READ FULL REVIEW

4 out of 5 eggs A moderate Switch for Today's technology 03/03/2016

This review is from: NETGEAR FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall Switch

Pros: First, it has plenty of security features and can do quite a few things. the 8 ports are definitely helpful. However, this is where the pros end.

Cons: This unit is already a few years old and I used it for several years before realizing that it wasn't my internet that was slow, it was the unit that was cutting my bandwidth in half and literally costing me $30 each and every month for two years.

It's WAN to LAN is NOT 12.5 Mbps. That's counting BOTH ways, i believe 'full-duplex'. It's 'half duplex' is only 7.5 at MOST. I have 10 Mbps from comcast. I hooked up my desktop and laptop directly to the modem and got 12 Mbps. I added this VPN and it dropped to 4.5 Mbps.

It's a pain to setup. And I mean a pain. Took me 30 minutes the first time. the FVS 338 is a little smarter.

I highly recommend looking for the VPN FVS 338 Model. Up to 90 Mbps WAN to LAN and 60 for the 3DES service.

Other Thoughts: It's 'switching fabric' is 250 Mbps (up + down stream data x 8)

the FVS 338 is a superior model. Faster CPU, more RAM, higher switching fabric, faster throughput.

10/100 Mbps Wired Speed - 50/50.
12.5 Mbps LAN to WAN throughput - WRONG. Try 7.5. I'd know, I tested and suffered for two years with this speed with a 10 Mbps service. Switched to FVS 338 and got full speed instantly.

READ FULL REVIEW

Matthew D.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew D.

Date Joined: 09/26/06

  • Reviews: 17
  • Helpfulness: 7
  • First Review: 10/15/12
  • Last Review: 03/03/16
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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