NetGear FWG114P ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Firewall w/4 Port 10/100 Switch and USB Print Server
Manufacturer: NetGear Part number: FWG114P
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CNET editors' review
price range: $79.50
- Reviewed by: Patrick Unnold
- Reviewed on: 12/03/2003
- Released on: 10/01/2003
The good: SPI firewall; 802.11b/g Wi-Fi certified; external antenna; excellent throughput; Dynamic DNS support; three-year warranty.
The bad: WPA currently unavailable; lacks WDS support; expensive.
The bottom line: Netgear's FWG114P is a great all-in-one device for those planning to set up a home office.
How I configured the print server to work with my multifunction
by amarrao on August 6, 2005
Pros: Reliability, Versatility, Space Saver, 3-Year Warranty, Can support 200+ users at once
Summary: I got this combo router to replace my previous Netgear WGT624 v2, which was giving me problems. After buying this unit to hook up my HP PSC 2110v all-in-one to ...
Summary: I got this combo router to replace my previous Netgear WGT624 v2, which was giving me problems. After buying this unit to hook up my HP PSC 2110v all-in-one to my network, I figured out what thye problem was with the previous router--it didn't recognize my Dynamic IP Address properly. But the FWG114P did. The netwqork was easy to setup, but then the problem cropped up. I couldn't get my printer to worki with the print server. I tried installing it as a plug-and-play printer, imnstalling the printer port driver, and then changing the port in the printer propoerties dialog to the netgear printer port. But that didn't work. Then I found that I could get it to work through a convoluted way of prevewnting the computer from deleting the printer after changing its port to the netgear port. This inspired me to keep at it, and I found the surprisingly easy solution quite soon after. In order to use my multifunction with the print server, I:
1) Installed it as if I would be using it as ir normally had been configured, to be connected directly via USB to my computer. (The purpose of this was to get its driver listed under the "driver" list accesible from the "advanced" tab listed in "printer properties". 2) Deleted the printer from the "Printers and Faxes" window. (Right-click on the printer and select "Delete".) 3) Installed the Netgear printer port software and added the port. 4) Physically connected the printer via USB to the Netgear FWG114P. 5) Ran the "add printer wizard" from the "Printers and Faxes" window and selected the netgear print server port and proper driver. (If you do not see the proper driver listed, you did not completely install the printer in step 1.) 6) After the printer had been added, I made sure that the proper driver ("HP PSC 2100 series" for me) was selected in the driver list on the advanced tab in the HP's printer properties. 7) Select "Print a Test Page" from the "Printer Properties" menu's "General" tab. if it prints a legible page, you're all set to print from the computer you added the network printer to. Note that this process must be repeated for each computer you want to use to print through the FWG114P.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Half the features do not work
Pros: Has a lot of nice features. Has 802.11g. Has a print server and dmz and modem backup.
Cons: Version 1 - many features do not work. DMZ does not work. This firewall does not work with Citrix, even though all other ProSafe firewalls do. Emailed tech support 6 days ago and no response yet. Cant add more than 3 rules of your own or it says "Serv
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Sticking to basics OK, but certain things don't work.
by chuckk9032 on February 9, 2006
Pros: Good firewall, easy setup, IP address reservation, good wireless power
Cons: Auto-rollover tricky, VPN compatibility issues
Summary: Very easy setup, good logging, wireless range is good. Would hang when dial-up modem connected(for dial backup), and when used as a VPN endpoint with a SonicWALL appliance, would ...
Summary: Very easy setup, good logging, wireless range is good. Would hang when dial-up modem connected(for dial backup), and when used as a VPN endpoint with a SonicWALL appliance, would not allow WAN access for web browsing, etc. If you rely on a VPN, compatability should be checked before keeping this router.
got refurbished v1 today - absolutely perfect
by maddirk on August 2, 2005
Pros: does what it says, rock solid, such a relief
Cons: a bit traditional but what the heck
Summary: Today I received a refurbished unit from an ebay seller. Took me about 2 hours to disconnect the old router, read the Netgear information, connect everything, upgrade the routers firmware (...
Summary: Today I received a refurbished unit from an ebay seller. Took me about 2 hours to disconnect the old router, read the Netgear information, connect everything, upgrade the routers firmware (had it downloaded already) and key in my old values. Even the print server is utterly delightful if a bit slow.
Doesn't get any better for me. :o)
Expensive and Buggy + Missing Features
by jer2eydevil88 on April 14, 2005
Pros: Great metal shell stands up to any abusive environment it may be placed in. A fast web panel for easy configuration and maintenance. Extermely reliable routing and solid internet speeds.
Cons: Short wireless range, lousy firewall configuration, hefty pricetag,
Summary: I would look elsewhere when trying to find a solid solution for your network. This router has nice features but the control panel hardly lets you configure them and if ...
Summary: I would look elsewhere when trying to find a solid solution for your network. This router has nice features but the control panel hardly lets you configure them and if you have a large network (10 - 15 computers) to manage it simply loses megabytes of bandwith as you attach more devices.
The wireless range is pathetic and I ended up having to purchase an access point to fill in the empty area that it couldn't cover.
The lousy firewall configuration causes congestion on the lan when applications with lots of up/down internet traffic are open.Updated
I spent some time on the phone today with tech support regarding a new bug someone helped me discover. Apparently the router is ignoring port forwarding rules for my IRC server and is continuing to block them.
Hopefully after netgear engineers look at the problem we will get a firmware update and no longer will this thing be so buggy.
Poor VPN function - worse support
by jrwirt on March 14, 2005
Pros: Easy installation, setup, and management
Cons: VPN connection buggy, technical support awful
Summary: Box to box VPN using two FWG114Ps is not reestablished when router looses WAN connection or is rebooted. Short of deleting old IKE/VPN policies and reentering parameters, no way ...
Summary: Box to box VPN using two FWG114Ps is not reestablished when router looses WAN connection or is rebooted. Short of deleting old IKE/VPN policies and reentering parameters, no way of reestablishing the connection has been suggested by technical support. Remote management of router is problematic as it will eventually timeout and stop serving configuration pages.
Technical support is very poor. Support personnel seem to have little to no knowledge of this product and after opening 7 unresolved support cases, still persist in suggesting resolutions which have already been tried without success. Support cases are closed without any resolution.
Use this product only if no other choices of VPN routers are available.
Initial Review Great,,,,,,,,ready to try
by duckduke on February 27, 2005
Pros: It's Netgear, wireless printserver, firewall, 2 tunnel VPN, router all in one
Cons: The only cons that I can find are reading the reviews found here.
Summary: This is my preliminary rating which I expect to improve upon purchase.
In the Editor Review it's clearly stated "WPA currently unavailable". This product has WPA as does most ...
Summary: This is my preliminary rating which I expect to improve upon purchase.
In the Editor Review it's clearly stated "WPA currently unavailable". This product has WPA as does most of its predecessors (here's the link, read for yourselves: http://www.netgear.com/products/details/FWG114P.php#safe). WPA has been available in Netgear units for years now.
I guess the editor was asleep when he covered this portion of the FWG114P specifications.
My experience with Netgear has been great. I do not find their products difficult to install or manage. I am currently using an FM144P and have been for about 2 years. The primary difference between these 2 units is this newer FWG114P has G technology (as opposed to B) and has the VPN capability. I look forward to trying it.
The 2 offices I work out of have a DLink unit in one office and Linksys in the other. I/we have had problems with both units particularly in regard to signal of one unit (problems in the 10-40 foot range and out).
I am perfectly satisfied with my cousin to this unit and plan on a FW114G in our new office and to upgrage my existing FM114P. I certainly don't mind paying a few dollars more more for a product with added features and performance. It's sure better than buying a cheap model and being let down.
So far So good...
Pros: After a bit of reading, and then rereading since I'm not exactly a directions kind of person, I did manage to get my home network up and running. Using a wireless USB adapter on the PC and direct connect with the iMac.
Cons: Spent nearly 3 days trying to network the printer and let me tell you, I'm convinced the techies at Lexmark & NetGear share a brain. Doesn't support bidirectional communication so my new printer is out. Can use an HP through the FWG114P with the PC bu
Nice and solid case, so-so operation
Pros: Solid, heavy case, almost bulletproof, print server. Good customer support, but clueless techs.
Cons: On #2 so far. When this baby locks up, no resetting in the world will bring it back, Netgear has me send it back to them. Print server difficult to setup, loses connection. Any, and I mean any encryption, and it will not connect to wireless (even with the
Lot's of problems ...
Pros: Excellent wireless range and signal strength. Setup and configuration are easy and straight forward. VPN works fine. No problems with online games.
Cons: SW is buggy and unrealiable. Problems with DynDNS update function and DynDNS configuration. Printing via print server crashes the router and a cold boot is needed to get the router back to work. Upgraded to V20_10 and no improvement noticed. Netgear suppo
- Manufacturer: NetGear
- Part number: FWG114P
- Description: NETGEAR's ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Firewall with USB Print Server consolidates multiple connection features and gives users the ability to share secure wired and wireless network connections. Designed to connect multiple PCs without running additional wires, it allows up to 253 users on the LAN - including up to 64 wireless users - to share one broadband Internet connection. Higher wireless speeds allow for distribution of large files and enables high performance videoconferencing. The built-in print server enables multiple users to utilize a single printer. Full-scale business-class security that includes Wi-Fi Protected Access enhancements and Stateful Packet Inspection Firewall ensures that the network, network users, and data communications are thoroughly protected. Fully compliant with 802.11g 54 Mbps, it preserves your 802.11b investment. Web browser-based settings and on-screen help make setup a breeze. Fail safe features provide back-up connection to the Internet. It is wall-mountable to save space.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type Wireless router
- Enclosure Type Desktop
- Compatible Slots None
- Connectivity Technology Wireless ,
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet,
- Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
- Network / Transport Protocol ICMP/IP ,
- Routing Protocol Static IP routing,
- Encryption Algorithm 40-bit WEP,
- Features Intrusion Detection System (IDS) ,
VPN support ,
DoS attack prevention ,
DMZ port ,
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X) ,
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) ,
DHCP support ,
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g , FCC Class B certified
- Processor 1 x Brecis MSP2007 166 MHz
- RAM 8 MB
- Flash Memory 2 MB
- Built-in Devices Antenna
- Type None
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces LAN : 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45,
Serial : 1 x RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9),
USB : 1 x,
WAN : 1 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
- Expansion Bays None
- Networking type Wireless router
- Networking standards [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Networking] IEEE 802.11g
- Power Device Power adapter - External
- Cables (Details) 1 x Network cable
- Localization North America
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included Drivers & Utilities
- Service & Support NETGEAR lifetime warranty
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 7.4 in
- Depth 4.9 in
- Height 1.3 in
- Weight 1.3 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 0 - 90%