Review: Netgear FVG-318 wireless router

Recently I bought a Netgear FVG-318 to replace my combination Linksys WRT54G and Netgear RP-114 router combination. I needed something that could handle at least 8 connections and the FVG-318 did just that along with quality control. It even provided a VPN interface that I didn’t need.
Pros: The firewall ruling and services took a little to get used to and wasn’t as intuitive as Linksys’ GUI. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty straight forward. Quality control on the packets helps with P2P or VoIP although if you have Vonage, be ready for some serious issues (see Cons). SkypeIn and SkypeOut work like a champ. Overall, the FVG-318 can keep my connection up a lot better than the RP-114, and packs a bigger punch too. At a cost of around $130, it’s not bad of an upgrade to a business class router.
Cons: Biggest issue so far? Vonage. I’ve been on a support ticket for a little over a week after finding that the FVG-318 hates ATAs. All ATAs. It doesn’t even matter if you stick it in the DMZ. It still won’t function. There is even one other instance of this on the Net. Why is this? I have no friggin’ clue but it shouldn’t be a hard fix. So what’s taking Netgear so long? Seriously peeved about this since this is a business line that I have on that is basically unusable due to a faulty product by Netgear that could be fixed with a patched firmware.
Summary: It is a good wireless VPN router, and definitely worth the $130 if they ever fix the Vonage issue. But if you have or depend on VoIP for your business, I wouldn’t recommend Netgear. If their CSRs that are helping me are any indication of the mentality of fixing consumer issues, then this company isn’t going anywhere fast. Hopefully this VoIP phone issue is fixed soon either via firewall rules or DMZ or they’ll lose one other faithful customer.

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    I’ve had nonstop issues with a Netgear FVG318. I’m not one to sit on a call for hours trying to resolve network issues, and Netgear’s e-mail support just isn’t doing it for me. Obviously they’re not keeping up with the…

  • Getting sick of my FVG318 issues

    I’ve had nonstop issues with a Netgear FVG318. I’m not one to sit on a call for hours trying to resolve network issues, and Netgear’s e-mail support just isn’t doing it for me. Obviously they’re not keeping up with the…

  • Getting sick of my FVG318 issues

    I’ve had nonstop issues with a Netgear FVG318. I’m not one to sit on a call for hours trying to resolve network issues, and Netgear’s e-mail support just isn’t doing it for me. Obviously they’re not keeping up with the…