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NETGEAR Prosafe Wireless-n Vpn Firewal

pNETGEARs SRXN3205 ProSafe Wireless-N VPN Firewall offers two types of virtual private network (VPN) tunnels, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and IP security (IPsec), for optimal secure connection to your network. SSL VPN tunnels provide clientless remote access to your corporate data for individual access anywhere and anytime without a software client./p


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I have 4 of these setup for clients of mine. 3 are for a business office for various tenants and one for for an industrial design office. I've also recommended these to IT colleagues and one of them set one up for a law firm and the other one setup it up for a fire station. All setups went without hitch and the interfaces are very easy to use. VPN is fairly easy to setup but if you get stuck you can read the manual (LOL) or call Netgear Pro support for free. The 4 that I setup have been in production for well over a year and I have had absolutely no problems with with them. The other two have been in service for about 6 months. These devices are solid, inexpensive, wifi is very powerful and the service can't be beat. Just make sure to upgrade the firmware and you will be good to go. GREAT ROUTER with a lifetime warranty and no bogus "maintenance fees" !!

We use these at remote sites with 3 to 10 employees with VPN back to our main office. They do a great job and are very reliable. Build quality is excellent. We've only used them in small places so I can't comment on the range, but it maintains a solid connection to the client machines in our small space.

Their are 2 small gripes I have. One is that VPN sometimes drops connection and the only way to get it back is unplug it, wait about 5 minutes, and plug it back in. It's not too often, maybe once or twice a month, but it does happen.

The other is the web interface, although it has a lot of features, isn't laid out very well and hasn't bee updated in a while. Once you learn the interface it's not too bad, but you do spend time trying to locate everything at first.

Replaced an Cisco 871 router with this.
Peer to Peer Worked first time to a sonic wall.
Cisco took weeks and the 871 connection to Linksys never worked right.
Wireless is faster then the access point I was using before.
Everything I have done with the routers has just worked as expected.

Cisco small 871 and 880 and Linksys router took weeks to setup. Several calls to cisco support.

So far so good.

nice business class wireless routers. Ran into issues with other routers not allowing enough firewall rules this router does not seem to have that issue

bought a few of them. they work super nicely on small sized offices.

It did exactly what it said. It was easy to setup. It replaced the Verizon router easily. Wireless, firewall rules, services and users were setup in a snap. I would definetly recommend this to anyone looking to setup a small network with secure remote access.

Pros: Easy setup. Great menu navigation. Great SSL VPN client (haven't tested IPsec client but most people probably won't use it.) Super powerful wifi. Very good ProSafe series technical support. Windows 7 32/64 bit VPN support (fixed with Nov 2010 firmware!!) 5 SSL VPN licenses and 5 ipSec. Perfect for small biz. Lifetime hardware warranty. No yearly license fees like other firewall manufacturers.

Cons: "Only" 60 mbps WAN to LAN!? LOL. This may be a "problem" it you have 75/100 meg Fios but for 99% of the world it should be more than AOK. Connected with 35/25 Fios and it hits those numbers with ease.

Other Thoughts: I just did a network job at a office building and replaced 3 old firewalls with 3 of these. (3 separate clients in one building.) Reason being: great price for what you get and Netgear doesn't nickle and dime for every feature. The only things is if you want more ipsec it seems like you need to buy a 5 pack of the software. It does come with one license but really, with the 5 SSL tunnels it comes with, you won't really need IPsec.

Overall, setup was super easy. The manual is very thorough even though there are some typo's. LOL. I had to call support and they were very helpful.

In reading reviews about this router, some people find it complex. To that I say, Read The Fine Manual! Or, "there is no manual included." Tip. Google "SRXN3205 manual" But if you find config complex/difficult then you probably shouldn't be working with this firewall.

VPN Windows 7 compatibility was fixed with firmware Firmware Version: 3.0.6-29 Q4 of 2010.

In short, for those of you looking for a solid business VPN wifi router, this is a "no brainier" at just over $250.

My 2 cents.

I've been doing IT professionally for over 17 years. I have worked with a lot of routers, firewalls, and WiFi access points over the years. This unit has been great. I have deployed four of these units to date. I created a fully meshed WAN (using these routers as IPSEC VPN endpoints) for four remote sites of a medical office. Setup could not have been easier. If someone says the setup was difficult, it was in all likelihood a testament to their lack of experience or skill. If you expect the hardware vendor to hold your hand while you configure these units you are expecting too much. Hire a professional that knows what he or she is doing. (Do you expect the Ford dealer to teach you how to drive and/or repair your new Mustang?!?)

There are built in wizards to create point-to-point VPNs. The wizards are easy to use and do a fine job. I literally spent no more than 15 minutes per router to get them setup for shared Internet access and LAN-to-LAN routing via the VPNs. The routers have great throughput to accommodate even today's fastest Internet connections. If your Internet speed exceeds the throughput of these routers, your connection has got to be in the top 1% of what's available today.

The only real gripe I have with these units is that they say they support both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequencies for the WiFi. This is true, but you can only use one or the other, not both at the same time.

Because this unit is an SSL VPN device, it is designed to intercept incoming SSL connections (TCP port 443). This is by design and should not be considered a flaw or defect (like another reviewer suggested). You CAN turn off the SSL VPN functionality and change the port used for remote management in such a way as to allow SSL traffic to be redirected to an internal host (like what you'd need with a Microsoft Small Business Server). I have not tried to use the SSL VPN functionality in any capacity.

The routers have not required a single reboot or any care and feeding since deployment over 4 months ago. I am about to purchase more of these units for upcoming projects. I also think the price point for these devices is very good. You are getting a lot of bang for your buck.

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Product DescriptionThe NETGEAR ProSAFE FVS336G Dual WAN Gigabit SSL VPN Firewall is perfect for demanding business networks. The FVS336G features a hardware-accelerated data flow architecture that allows for 350Mbps of stateful firewall throughput. This powerful VPN router is a high-performance,
The NETGEAR ProSafe 8-port Gigabit VPN Firewall provides both secure IPsec site-to-site tunnels and IPsec secure access for remote clients. Employing a true firewall with customizable firewall rules, this VPN router is a high-performance, SNMP-manageable, network solution that furnishes
Brand Name: Netgear Product Line: ProSafe Product Model: WN203 Product Name: ProSafe Wireless-N Standalone Access Point Product Type: Wireless Access Point Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11n ISM Band: Yes UNII Band: No Antenna Gain: 3 dBi Wireless Transmission Speed: 300 Mbps Ethernet Port: Yes