The 114P's setup and browser-based admin system is virtually identical to that used on NETGEAR's popular VPN-endpoint router, but with some important differences that make the 114P much easier to use. Since I covered the admin features pretty well in the FVS318 review, I'll just highlight the 114P's differences here:
The unsizable-right-hand-frame problem has been fixed in the 114P. You can reduce the frame down to just a thin scroll bar, thus maximizing the center frame, which is were all the admin action is.
The 114P still uses same target window for all status pop-ups, but now the window is at least resizable.
You can do a reset-to-factory-defaults, but now also reboot the router via the admin interface.
- The log time-stamp problems seem to be fixed.
I found the same bugs in the admin login, which I'm repeating here since one can allow unauthorized users into your router and the other can prevent you from remotely accessing the router:
1) When you try to log into the router after being automatically logged out due to inactivity, you'll be presented with the authentication/login box, but you'll see the admin interface be refreshed in the browser window. If you just cancel the login box and refresh the browser, you'll be back in without having to re-enter your login info. If you quit your browser between the time you're auto logged out and when you try to re-login, you'll have to enter the proper login info, however.
2) If an administrator (let's call them Admin #1) quits their browser without logging out of the router and then Admin #2 else tries to log in from a different computer, Admin #2 will get the "Duplicate Administrator" message and not be able to log in. Admin #2 will have to wait until the auto-logout time expires, or have Admin #1 log back in from Admin #1's computer, then log out to free up the session.
Let's move on to the Firewall.