I'm currently using a Linux machine as a dedicated firewall/router and while it has done a great job thus far, I feel the hardware starting to fail and I don't want to maintain it anymore. With that being said, I need a router.
Now, I've tried the Linksys BEFSX41 and it was great but it kept dropping my FTP connections. I would connect to a friends FTP site and do a "mget" and after two files are downloaded, I noticed that the connection just hangs at which point, I have to reconnect and download. Because of this reason, I got rid of the device.
Now I'm looking at Netgear's FV318. It looks OK but I want to know that this won't suffer from that same problem I had with the Linksys router. A good thing with this is that I've used the VPN end point technology at a previous job and it seemed to work pretty well.
Another problem with these two devices is I'm not overtly confident on how good the security is. On my Linux machine, I run iptables with SPI and NAT. Thus far, it's done a great job.
Lastly, I could buy the PIX 501 but I'm not sure if this can serve as a VPN endpoint. Also, configuration on this is harder and I would have to learn the CLI to control this device.
So here's the important factors of this decision:
3. Ease of Use
4. VPN end point
The FV318 is a bussiness class router. So it is better than the residential routers. I have Netgear FVS 328 & 338 routers your 318 big brothers. The only thing that I have heard about the 318 is slow VPN connection. The 338 has a seperate cpu for doing the encryption and one for lan processing.
You can uses https:// to admin the router.
The VPN is easier to setup if you use netgear client software according to the forums.
I have not setup vpn, so I can't help you there. I will be doing so in the next couple of weeks.