NETGEAR ProSAFE VPN Firewall (SRX5308)


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NETGEAR recently announced its newest router, the SRX5308 ProSafe Gigabit Quad WAN SSL VPN Firewall.  I’m pleased to be the first to review this device, which the company proclaims as the flagship of its ProSafe firewall family!

The 5308 is equipped with four Gigabit WAN ports plus four Gigabit LAN ports, and is designed to be at the core of a network with  100+ users.  NETGEAR’s specifications list capacity to handle 200,000 concurrent connections, support for up to 254 VLANs, 125 simultaneous IPSec VPN tunnels, and 50 simultaneous SSL VPN tunnels.  Holy smokes!

Although brand new, the SRX5308 has similar menus and options to several NETGEAR routers and gateways I’ve reviewed, including the FVS336G, the FVS318G, and the UTM10.  Throughout this review, I’ll be referencing sections from those reviews as appropriate.

The SRX is a 1U height device, measuring 13” x 1.7” x 8.2”.  It is enclosed in a metal case with NETGEAR’s ProSafe grey and blue metal exterior and intended for a data room, not a desktop.  The exhaust fan on the left side is quite loud, so it is not a device you want in your office or work area.  The chassis supports side brackets for rack mounting in a data center.


Specifications NETGEAR ProSAFE VPN Firewall (SRX5308)

Network Connection

  4 x 10/100/1000 WAN  

  4 x 10/100/1000 LAN  

Data Rates

  LAN-to-WAN Throughput : 924 Mbps  

  Psec VPN (3DES) Throughput : 180 Mbps  

  SSL VPN Throughput : 21 Mbps  


DES, 3DES, ARC4, AES(ECB, CBC, XCBC, CNTR)128, 256 bit 

Standards Protocol

DHCP, Static IP Assignment, PPPoE, PPTP 

AC Power

AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz Universal Input, DC 5V/5A Output Internal  Power Supply 


33cm x 4.3cm x 20.9cm (W x H x D) 




  Firewall Features

Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) : Port/Service Blocking, Denial-of-service (DoS) Prevention, Stealth Mode, Block TCP Flood, Block UDP Flood, WAN/LAN Ping Response Control  

Firewall Functions : Port Range Forwarding, Port Triggering, DNS proxy, MAC Address Cloning/spoofing, NTP Support, UPnP, Auto-Uplink on Switch Ports, L3 Quality of Service (QoS),LAN-to-WAN and WAN-to-LAN(ToS), Bandwidth Profiling  

Content Filtering : Web Components (Proxy, Java, ActiveX, Cookies), Web Keyword Blocking, Trusted Domains  

User Authentication for VPN : Active Directory, LDAP, Radius, WIKID, MIAS, NT Domain, Local User Database  


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