Pros Ok for home users with a low traffic volume
Cons Does not work well with IPSEC or traffic normal volume
Summary I purchased this router because of the Netgear reputation and I needed IPSEC pass through. For the most part it is exactly what I would expect from a home based router and works ok in that limited capacity with a low volume of traffic. When I start using it as a SOHO router it FAILS MISERABLY! I loose the connection intermittently and Tech Support recommends returning the router to the store. This one is the THIRD ROUTER AND IT STILL HAS THE SAME PROBLEM! I fault Netgear, as there is no indication of a problem, other than I have no connection and I can not access the router or anything on the lan. There are no error messages, and no indication of any problems, except that I can not access ANYTHING ON THE NETWORK!
Netgear needs to rethink their error reporting facility!
Pros Not Linksys, Easy setup
Cons No AES hardware support
Summary I'm a professional and have been using IPSEC solutions for about 5 years now. I needed a small-bus solution to connect two offices with dynamic addressing. Had to trade AES for 3DES but the setup was very straightforward and the link seems so far to be resilient. Looking at CNET reviews, I didn't find any consumer-level VPN devices that had even remotely good reviews which seems unfair, I have had decent luck with one of the other, larger Netgears as well (338 maybe?) and even one of the Linksys WRT or V or something offerings. I think this may just boil down to the fact that IPSEC can be confusing at first.
Pros If you want just a home network, this is a great router.
Cons VPN installation is difficult at best, and it could mess up your local LAN
Summary I use this box to provide a LAN for my home computers, and to connect to Cable modem for internet. It works very well. The installation is reasonably straightforward.
The only feature it is missing is the ability to show the list of all clients and their assigned DHCP addresses. This would be very useful when these addresses change all the time.
Configuring the box so that you can activate the VPN firewall is far from trivial. All sorts of unexpected interaction amongst different computers can result when you connect to your work-place through VPN. I
eventually gave up. Now I run VPN client
on one my computers without activating VPN for this box.
Pros Cheap unit - but does not work as advertised
Cons Unit is not very good
Summary I have 2 fvs 114; a little heavy traffic locks up the unit. Don't buy it.
Usinf Remote desktop to two sites after and hour the unit stop responding. Cannot even http to the unit. Their (netgear) tech support suggest I buy a bigger unit!!!. I'm the only person using it.
Pros easy to setup a vpn
Cons freezes all the time
Summary I have 3 of these, and they all freeze up even after updating firmware. I thought it was a good idea so that i could setup some vpn's between my house and offices - turns out to be very unreliable.
When i shoot serious bandwidth through them - they freeze up. That is not good in a work environment - nor trying to stream media within my home network.
I highly recommend to NOT purchase this.
Even worse, the log file resets when i reset the router - and i cant even tell why it freezes!