On the hardware side of things, the FVS336G sports twogigabit Ethernet WAN ports for load balancing and failover protection for Internet connections, which allows for enhanced data rate and increased overall reliability. In addition, the ProSAFE Firewall includes a built-in four-port gigabit Ethernet LAN switch for fast data transfer between local network resources with the ability to support upwards of 200,000 internal or external connections.
The web management interface consists of a variety of useful configuration tools including,network configuration, security, VPN, users, administration, monitoring, and web support withmenus that are organized in a layered structure of maincategories and submenus.
The dual WAN ports of the ProSafe VPN firewall can also be configured as auto-rollover (which allows for increased system reliability) or load balancing (which gives maximum bandwidth efficiency by managing the outbound traffic equally among the functional WAN interfaces). One port can also be disabled.
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The ProSAFE FVS336G has the same look and feel as other Netgear products, with its simple grey design and metalenclosure. The device also feels very sturdy when placed on the ground or on a desk and very rugged when we handle it.
The Netgear ProSAFE FVS336G is a VPN Firewall designed specifically for remote offices, branch offices, and telecommuters offering secure network access to headquarter locations. The FVS336G provides businesses with an extensive feature-set including Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), multiple VPN pass-throughs , Network Address Translation (NAT), AES, and 3DES Encryption, Denial of Service (DoS) protection and more. It also offers protection against DoS attacks and unwanted traffic as well as SYSLOG, and SNMP, which allow for detailed network monitoring.
We found the Netgear ProSAFE FVS336G VPN firewall easy to setup and its performance to be very good. The performance was the same high quality we’ve seen and come to expect from the other Netgear ProSAFE devices we use around the lab. It has a rugged design and it can easily be hidden away without intruding into visible workspace. Offering more features than a traditional router, the ProSAFE FVS336G fits well into SOHO or SMB locations, or in our case worked perfectly at home to prioritize traffic into the lab for remote management activities.
In the WAN Mod option tab, users can choose either NAT or classical routing, the latter which allows the VPN router to perform routing though without NAT. In order to have Internet access, all computers on your LAN network must have a valid static Internet IP address.
The Remote Management page allows an administrator with Internet access to configure, upgrade, and check the status of the VPN firewall. Once enabled, users must simply configure the external IP addresses that need to connect. To allow access from any IP address on the Internet, users will choose the ‘Everyone’ option, while ‘IP Address Range’ will be used if a range of IP addresses needs access. It should be noted that users are required to be logged in locally to enable this feature.
The top panel of the VPN firewall is branded with the NETGEAR Prosafe logo as well as the product name. On the front of the device are four LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports and two WAN Ethernet ports with RJ-45 connectors, both of which feature switched N-way automatic speed negotiating and Auto MDI/MDIX. Each port has two LEDs located just above the connector. The left LED indicates a link with a connected Ethernet device, receiving/transmitting data, or if there is no link present. The right LEDs tells users whether the LAN/WAN port is operating with 1000, 100, or 10 Mbps. Also located on the front are the DMZ, Power, and Test LEDs.
As per the FVS336Gv2 data sheet , it has a LAN-to-WAN throughput of 60Mbps. To take advantage of the upgradedconnection which is about 100Mbps you have subscribed, you will need a firewall router that hasaLAN-to-WAN throughput that is greater than 100Mbps.
The QoS page determines the quality of that service for the traffic passing through the VPN firewall. The Netgear ProSAFE FVS336G VPN Firewall supports numerous QoS profiles for each WAN interface. Users have the ability to assign profiles to services including HTTP, FTP, and DNS and to LAN groups or IP addresses. These QoS profiles administer either rate control with bandwidth allocation or priority queue control with the following configurable options:
The VPN firewall is specifically designed for use in an office environment in both freestanding mode or mounted into a 19-inch equipment rack (it comes with a 1U rack-mounting kit), allowing it to be placed almost anywhere in the office. Once you have the VPN firewall installed on your network (by connecting the cables and restarting your network), you can connect to and configure the Netgear device via an Internet browser. We used the FVS336G for remote access to our lab.