Netgear ProSafe 25 VPN/Firewall - FVS124GNA

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Do not get this

by JAF on 4/5/2008

I was looking for a dual WAN firewall, and this one caught my eye as it was pretty inexpensive. Well, you get what you pay for, and in this case I do not think I even got that. Setting it up was a breeze, and at first it seemed to be working. After only a few hours though, there were problems accessing the internet. Web pages would stop in mid-load, e-mail clients would fail, people would not be able to connect to my mail server. And then everything would start working normally again. There were no errors reported, and monitoring the network would just show things would just stop going out. I did try to see if was possibly my ISPs, so I did configure it to use only one WAN port and then tried first one ISP, and then the next. The same problems kept coming up. I was able to try a replacement of the same model, but ran into the same problems. I put in another brand of dual WAN firewall, and have not had a problem ever since. Do not waste your time with this one.

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Extend enterprise class protection, performance, and reliability to remote office workers. The ProSafe Dual WAN Gigabit Firewall Router provides powerful yet economical security for businesses coping with the increasing performance demands and complexitie


Manufacturer Netgear
Mfg Part# FVS124GNA
SKU 10411253
UPC 606449040531
UPC 14 00606449040531
Dual 10/100 WAN Ports
4 Gigabit Lan Ports
Up to 25 simultaneous IPSec VPN tunnels
True Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Intrusion Detection
Proactive policy enforcement for anti-virus and anti-spam security
Bundled 60 day trial version of Tren Micro's Client/Server and Client/Server/Messaging Suite for Small and Medium Business
Quality of Service (QoS) - ability to support voice and multimedia
168-bit 3DES, 256-bit AES IPSec encryption
SNMP Manageable - compatible with Netgear ProSafe Network Manegment Software NMS100
Bundled with ProSafe VPN Client software - single user license
VPN Wizard & Smart Wizard for ease of configuration
VPNC Comaptibility with Cisco IOS, Juniper/Netscreen, Checkpoint, and others
Tech Specs
Protocols FTP / SMTP / TCP/IP / DDNS / IPSec / DHCP / PPPoE / SNMP v2 / Telnet / ICMP / RIP v1.0 / RIP v2.0 / DNS / NTP
Processor 200MHz RISC
Manufacturer Netgear Inc
Package Contents FVS124G ProSafe VPN Firewall 25 Resource CD with Single-user ProSafe VPN Client Software Power adapter Ethernet cable Installation guide Warranty/Support Information card
Data Transfer Rate 10Mbps Ethernet / 100Mbps Fast Ethernet / 1Gbps Gigabit Ethernet
Memory 4MB Flash Memory / 16MB DRAM
Interfaces/Ports 4 x RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-T Auto-sensing LAN / 2 x RJ-45 10/100 Base-T WAN
Input Voltage 12 V DC Power Supply
Manufacturer Part Number FVS124GNA
Additional Information WAN ports feature Auto fail-over and Load balancing FTP/SMTP/RPC program filtering Classical routing Bundled with ProSafe VPN Client software Unrestricted users per port Port Triggering Exposed Host (DMZ) Enable/Disable WAN Ping DNS Proxy Diagnostic tools (ping, trace route, other) Port/service/MAC address blocking Auto Uplink on switch ports and QoS Intrusion Detection System: Logging Reporting E-mail alerts IP Address Assignment: Static IP address assignment Internal DHCP server on LAN DHCP client on WAN PPPoE client support
Standard Warranty 3 Year(s)
System Requirement Cable, DSL or wireless broadband modem and Internet service Ethernet connectivity from broadband modem Network card for each connected PC Network software (e.g. Windows) Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.7 or higher
Input Current 1.2 A
Management Operating modes: Main Aggressive Quick Administration Interface: SNMP (v.2c) support Telnet Web graphic user interface User name and password protected via SSL Smart Wizard and Auto Detect for basic parameter settings VPN Wizard simplifies VPN configuration Secure remote management support authenticated through IP address or IP address range and password Configuration changes/upgrades through web GUI Logging: SYSLOG E-mail alerts Maintenance: Save/Restore Configuration Restore Defaults Upgrades via Web Browser Display Statistics
Manufacturer Website Address
Virtualization 25 Dedicated VPN tunnels
Compatibility ProSafe Network Management Software NMS100
Product Line ProSafe
Dimensions 1.26" Height x 7.45" Width x 4.85" Depth
Stateful Packet Filtering IPSec NAT-Traversal / One-to-One NAT / Many-to-One NAT / Many-to-Many NAT
Certifications & Standards IEEE: IEEE 802.3 IEEE 802.3u IEEE 802.3ab
Weight 1.37 lb
Product Name ProSafe 25 VPN/Firewall
Firewall Protections Stateful Packet Inspection / Denial of Service (DoS) / Intrusion Detection System / Replay Attack Prevention / Port & Site Blocking / Java and ActiveX Blocking / URL Filtering / User Authentication / Port Forwarding / MAC Spoofing / Content Filtering
Product Type VPN/Firewall
VPN Support Manual key and Internet Key Exchange Security Association (IKE SA) assignment with pre-shared key and RSA/DSA signatures Key life and IKE lifetime settings Perfect forward secrecy Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) support for dynamic IP address VPN connections IPSec-based 56-bit (DES), 168-bit (3DES), or 256-bit (AES) encryption algorithm PKI features with X.509 v.3 certificate support Remote access VPN (client-to-site) Site-to-site VPN Hashing Algorithms: MD5 SHA-1
Licenses 253 Node(s) Maximum / 1 ProSafe VPN Client software
Upgradeability Firmware upgradeable flash memory
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