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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.

Thanks,

Dennis
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Thanks for the quick reply, Thinkpads_User.

My understanding of the VPN capabilities is so limited, I don't know if I even use the device as a VPN or not - however, it is a hardware firewall, and I don't want to give up that functionality.

So, I would at least be looking for a firewall-router, or a firewall-switch.

Dennis
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I understood from your question that you also wanted the fastest internet speed. My response was to address that need.

Right now my fastest upload speed is still around 0.6Mbits/second, the VPN through my new RV042G is no faster than VPN through the older RV042. Both of these are hardware VPN devices and I have site to site tunnels connected to my main clients.

So a new router will not likely speed up VPN, but it probably will speed up browsing. I certainly am happy with my new router.

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Hi Thinkpads_User,

I appreciate your input. I kinda bounced around with my questions, but  I am not looking for just a router, but rather want to keep the hardware firewall functionality.

Based on Netgear calling mine a "10/100", I was quite surprised to see it has a maximum throughput of 12.5Mbps (that is not how it was originally advertised - or I did not know what spec to look at.).  And, I'm also surprised that my Internet didn't throttle back to fit that (even 12.5 would have been 2.5x faster than my current connection through the firewall.) The Internet dropped all the way beck to below 5Mbps.

The next Netgear in the line, at $139, the FGS318-100NAS has a 25Mbps throughput, but gets a lot of poor reviews.

So, I'm looking for recommendations for a relatively inexpensive hardware firewall-switch with at least a 25Mbps throughput. If I ever do need VPN functionality again I can (temporarily) plug in my old FVS318.

Thanks again for your assistance,

Dennis
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If you want a good commercial firewall, look at the Juniper firewalls. The SSG5 is a good entry level firewall with good speed ratings. I use these at clients, but the Internet speeds are lower at this point so we have not taxed the Juniper boxes to their limits.

The SSG5 can work as a VPN firewall and also includes a router if you wish to use it.
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Thinkpads_User,
Ooooohhhhh that Juniper is spendy! Yikes, over $500. This is for a home network, and I can't justify one at that cost (even if it is worth every penny.)


akahan,
Well now I am much less confused. Thank you.

I have not heard "every router is a firewall" before. Are there ANY advantages (real-world  security) to a device hawked as a "hardware firewall" or is that just marketing/misnomer?

The Cisco/Linksys RV042 router you mention is 4 ports. I need 6 drops, so a switch with 8 ports seems like a good fit.

Any comments on the D-Link DSR-150 router? I cannot find much info on them, but at around $108, it is affordable (8 ports, 45Mbps firewall throughput, VPN throughput 25Mbps - if I ever need it)

(http://www.dlink.com/us/en/support/product/dsr-150)

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I said above I use a Cisco RV042G which is brand new and very fast. I get full speeds on my network with it. Much less than a Juniper. There is an RV042 and an RV042G. Make sure to get the G model. I don't think there is a FV082G quite yet.

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Thanks very much, thinkpads_user and akahan.<br /><br />At this time, and with my budget, the $108 pricetag on the D-Link DSR-150 Unified Services Router was the major factor over the $250 Cisco/Linksys RV082 (yes, I couldn't find a "-G" model to even get a price.)<br /><br />I ordered the D-Link unit (from Newegg, while they had that $108 price.)<br /><br />Dennis
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Well, somehow I screwed-up on giving points. Wanted to give you both points, but as I got the most from the post of akahan (that was marked as the "accepted" solution), that was supposed to get 200 points and the other "assisted" solutions were supposed to get 100.

Thanks again for your help.

Dennis
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Thank you Dennis. You can always Request Attention if you wish to change things.
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