I have a Netgear ProSafe VPN Firewall (FVS 318) and it is still working.
The Internet service provider has upgraded their speed (for the same price), but I am not seeing the speed increase.
If I go directly from the cable modem to my computer, I get around 25Mbps. Once the Netgear firewall is in-line, my connected speed drops way back down to around 5Mbps.
I know almost nothing about cyber-security, and this piece of equipment was purchased on the recommendation of someone who did know - but that was several years ago. All I know is I want to be safe while Internet surfing and safe from cyber-attack (however unlikely.) Worms moving from computer to computer in the home network are still a concern too.
My home network is 5 (wired) nodes, and off one drop there is a wireless TP-Link router (TL-WA801ND) for my daughter's iPod connectivity.
The Netgear Firewall is 10/100, but does the "100" speed only apply to wired connections between nodes on my home network? (and NOT Internet?)
I now see that it "only" has 12.5Mbps throughput, so is that why the 25Mbps signal is dropped or rejected or whatever, and drops down to less than 5Mbps?
Can I turn of the VPN functionality (if that is wise) and get a faster throughput (making it a firewall/router) ?
Or, if I want to see the high speed from the Internet provider, do I need to upgrade to a different VPN Firewall, with faster throughput? (Like the Netgear FVS318G-100NAS0)
Any help will be appreciated. Remember, I am spewing out buzzwords, not understanding this technology at all.