Everything you ever wanted for your network + more
By Red Squirrel
This screen outlines a status of the router, such as the system name, firmware version currently installed, IP address and more. The statistics button is pretty cool, it will show you the uptime of the LAN and WAN interfaces, number of packets transferred and received, current bandwidth usage and collisions. The wan status button will let you check your current IP, and release it if needed. Good when trying to troubleshoot a network issue.
This shows you a list of all the connected PCs, their IP and Netbios name.
When I tested this, it did not really work, but this apparently lets you save your router settings to a file to be able to upload it back after. It's the uploading part that did not quite work when I tested this.
One of the features too many people forget to use, it should be one of the first things you change when you plug in the router to the internet. But what's nice about this router is that administration is done from the LAN only, but can be configured to work from the WAN as well, but I don't recommend that unless it's setup for a client that you manage.
This lets you do a ping or trace route on a specified IP, check the routing table, and reboot the router.
This lets you update the firmware, if a new one becomes a available.
Lastly, there's the Advanced category, fun stuff to play with so you can break your network.
This allows you to setup the router to auto sync with a dynamic DNS service. It supports dyndns.org, tzo.org and ngddns. Simply pick one, enter your username and password, and it will keep you synced.
Here you can setup your IP range, router's IP (gateway IP) and setup the DHCP range. If you have computers with static IPs you'll want to set them outside the DHCP range. Also you can setup reserved IPs by mac address.
I recommend to keep this turned off, unless you need it, and make sure to set a very strong password if you do set it. What's nice though is that you can choose what port it's on, so if you want to use port 8080 for something, you can change it and still setup a forward on port 8080.
Here you can setup Static routes. Something that can be useful on more networks when the need to manually set the routing table is needed.
This router tends to loose the connection the the internet and requires to be physically reset. Even after upgrading the firmware it still does it (but less often). So I do not recomend this router unless it's sitting right on your desk so you can flick the switch off and on when you can't connect anywhere. It's really too bad that it does that, as it defeats the purpose of having VPN remote access.
This concludes my review on the Netgear FVS318v3 Prosafe VPN Router.
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