Netgear FVS318v3 Prosafe VPN Router|
Everything you ever wanted for your network + more
By Red Squirrel
Routers are the heart of any network. Home/office routers range from plain NAT routers with hardly any options, to more advanced routers like the Sonicwall or Cisco Pix, which are more meant to be firewalls but also do NAT and act as a router.
I'd rank the Netgear ProSafe FVS318v3 VPN router to be in middle class in terms of security and other features. For only a bit over $100, it's a very good router and makes a good addition to any network, well that's if you don't mind having to reboot it every 24 hours (we'll get to that later).
It has a WAN port like any other router, which you can connect to another router, or the Internet (most likely the case in a home network) and it has 8 LAN ports to connect the computers.
Here's how the router looks from the front and behind. Don't mind the black box under it, that's my ADSL modem.
Setting up this router is a breeze. Once you hook it all up when you try to go online, you will get this screen:
So just follow the wizard to go through the initial setup. You should get a success message then you are all set.
By default, the IP address of the router is 192.168.0.1. So to edit the configuration type http://192.168.0.1 in your browser and you should receive a HTTP authentication dialog. Enter admin as username and password as password. (Important: We'll get to changing this later, don't forget to do so!)
When you first log in you will be able to change your internet settings, such as setting up your static external IP, DNS server, etc. In my case, I specified my own DNS server, which is the server that is also sent out via DHCP to the connected clients. This is perfect if you have a LAN server which runs as DNS so it will make all your custom domain names work across the network.
On the next page we'll start with the security settings. Click on the titles to get a screenshot of the settings main menu for that section.
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Posted by Onykage on January 01th 2006 (01:24)|
Posted by Red Squirrel on January 01th 2006 (00:28)|
Hmm or I can turn it into a really expensive looking hub, and a passive hub at that. A network admin's worse nightmare.
Posted by Onykage on January 01th 2006 (00:25)|
lol.. that works too.=) Or. if you wanted to indevor into a really tight mod, use its guts on the inside of a nix router box, basically using it a switch that is directly wired into the ethernet of the server.
That sounds like such a good idea. I think Im going to stew on that some.
Posted by Red Squirrel on January 01th 2006 (18:36)|
Hmm honestly never realized heat could be an issue, and given this problem is so on and off, it makes sense that heat would be the cause. I have a spare 80mm fan I'd have to try out some modding. Or I can go with my original plan of turning it into an ethernet cable tester.
Posted by Onykage on January 01th 2006 (13:12)|
well, I have a solution to your problems.
First off, this particular model is a heatpump. The industrial grade versions come with 2x 40mm 25cfm fans. Outside of being loud, it is a solid machine. I personally own one, and Ive never had a problem out of it.
Now to fix the Fvs318 you will need to install some fans. I noticed alot of the problems that you guys are mentioning when i first installed this particular model over a year ago. Cooling it off is your fix. Once you get past that, it really is a sweet router for the money.
unfortunatly I dont quite know where I put the pics for the mod I did on the Netgear FVS318. But, I will try to dig them up and get them posted on here in the next week orso.
Lastly, the VPN problems mentioned,.. Im not pointing fingers or tring to pee in anyone's cheerios but, if your in the buisness of web-enterprise and you use consumer grade equipment, then the only person at fault is yourself. If by now you havnt figured it out, in the computer world, if you didnt pay for it, then you can NOT depend on it. The 318 is a small buisness/consumer grade model. I would personally recomend a cysco or medium grade intel model to be used in comercial and industrial environments.
goodluck, and i'll try to get those pics posted for those of you who are still tring to make your 318 work properly.
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