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June 17, 2006 1:52:40 AM

Hey guys.. Looking for the best VPN/Firewall that i can get for around $150. I am looking for a bundled 1 user client with it. I have looked at Netgear and DLink but not sure about these. I found a great Netgear model that has built in 150MHZ CPU withought the bundled client but it is $230. I would be willing to spend $150 withought the software for now but trying to get the most bang for my buck. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.

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June 17, 2006 9:04:41 PM

Well the netgear you hint to is a FVS338, this can be had on ebay sometimes for $130.00 new w/client. I've seen the client for $40.

But a note of caution. I have this router and there is a problem with renewing lease times over 24 hrs. with the latest fw 1.6.47 including a dev I'm testing now. v1.6.29 does not have this problem.

The FVS 328 works fine.
June 18, 2006 2:24:07 AM

Yes that one looks great but I was more or less thinking of the one with a built in CPU to handle most of the work. Think that may be best for me.. What do you think? FVL328 Is the model with the CPU.
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June 18, 2006 3:21:02 AM

The cpu is in the FVS 338 & 538 if I recall. The 338 is twice as fast as the 328, I have that one to.
June 18, 2006 3:08:50 PM

This one is the FVL328

Key Benefits

* Up to 100 simultaneous IPSec VPN tunnels
* High-speed 150 MHz CPU for fast tunneling throughput
* True Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Intrusion Detection
* Denial of Service (DoS) attack protection
* 168-bit 3DES IPSec encryption

And this one is the FVS338

Key Benefits

* Up to 50 simultaneous IPSec VPN security associations
* Advanced SPI Firewall, Multi-NAT, and 8-port 10/100 switch
* Proactive policy enforcement for anti-virus and anti-spam security
* Quality of Service (QoS) - ability to support voice & multimedia
* Built-in serial port for dial-up access and autofailover
* Bundled with NETGEAR ProSafe VPN Client single user license (VPN01L)
* Bundled 60 day trial version of Trend Micro’s Client/Server and Client/Server/Messaging Suite for Small and Medium Business
* SNMP Manageable - Optimized for ProSafe Network Management Software NMS100
* VPN Wizard & SmartWizard™ for ease of configuration
* Compatible with other VPNC-certified IPSec VPN devices and software
* Trend Micro & NETGEAR VPN Firewall

What one do you think I should get??
June 19, 2006 1:23:41 AM

The 338 has a 266mhz processor with 16/32 meg ram.

It has a higher WAN through put 92 vs 52 mbps, noticable.

My under standing the 338 has a lot better vpn performace. I thought I read some where that it has 2 processors. 1 for des (vpm) and another to handle the lan traffic.

Now with that said. I know the 338 is having a lease renewal problem. This seams only related to lease times >24 hrs. The FVS328 that I have does not have this problem, nor does the 538, according to the forums.

If you have time to work ebay. The 338 can be had for $130 (new) is a great price and includes client software. But if you thing you may have to return it. Fry's 220 price is not bad.

The 328 model has been selling for $75 used on ebay.

If you have a good uplink speed to where you will be connecting, the 338 will give better performance. If you have a slow connection the 328 may be fine.
June 19, 2006 11:08:25 AM

Ok, Seems like the model you are talking about sounds great although I could not find it for cheaper then 200 on ebay. =o(. I ended up buying ht e328 model for $55 + $12 shipping last night on ebay. I thought it was a cannot pass up deal. I then just bought the client seperate. Hopefully it works well for me. Thanks for all your input.
June 19, 2006 12:16:18 PM

Thats what happen to me (total 42) , then 30 days latter I ran across the 338.
June 19, 2006 1:57:07 PM

Maybe I'll find it cheap down the road but hopefully this works for now. The guy said it was not a refurb and works great but I still could not see why he was selling it so cheap. It was $65 or best offer so I offered $55 to him and he accepted. You figure its a $200 piece of hardware retail so there has to be something wrong with it. Hopefully just cosmetics.