January 7, 2009

Netgear FVS318 as a simple switch

I was given a "broken" Netgear Prosafe VPN Firewall Model FVS318 a while ago. Physically it seemed fine, but when you attempt to login and configure the device, it would never connect to the WLAN.

That seems like a firmware problem. Looking at Netgear's website, there have been a few hardware revisions of the FVS318, a version 1, version 2, and version 3. This one was a hardware version 2, which means it could only be updated to firmware 2.4, which is the version it already had. I tried to go back to older versions, but it wouldn't take them. Nothing really else I could do.

The router was headed for the trash, when I figured something out. The device has 9 RJ45 jacks... a single "Internet Port", and 8 LAN ports. If I connect the cable from my modem to one of the 8 LAN ports instead of the "Internet Port", the device functioned as a simple switch.

So the FVS318 has now been given a second life as a 10/100MB, 8 port switch. Kinda a waste of such full featured firewall/router, but better then winding up in the landfill.

Posted by stoltenow at January 7, 2009 10:00 AM


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