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Today we’ll be taking a look at another old device the Netgear ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall (FVG318), it’s a Wireless b/g access point with 1x 10/100 Mbps WAN and 8 ports 10/100 Mbps LAN switch with SPI firewall, the ability to block addresses, services, protocols, keywords, with 8 IPSec VPN tunnels, etc.

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One screw later and we’re in.

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We’ve got our board with only a few major components so it’s a bit more modern than the last Netgear device we took apart. There’s a ribbon cable with a choke for the front panel lights and an external antenna, there’s the possibility of adding another antenna too. There is a MPS MP1410 SMPS with 3 smaller regulators.


Under the metal can we have the main chip with a 40 MHz crystal with 2 transistors and 2 smaller chips.

1. Atheros AR2316A SOC
Running a MIPS 4000 processor with an 802.11 MAC/baseband processor, an 802.3 Ethernet MAC and MII interface, SDRAM controller, external memory interface, PCI bus interface, UART, etc.
No datasheet found for this one, but a related one here: RT1015W


2. Mira SDRAM
Not much could be found on this one


3. Marvel 10/100 Ethernet PHY x 2
With 25MHz crystal


4. ST Micro 32Mbit Flash


And that’s all.

2 Responses to “Inside the Netgear FVG318 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless VPN Firewall (2005)”

  1. Alex says:

    Hi Alex, I didnt see any other way of contacting you.

    Im just wondering if there is any way I can still get one of your gameboy cart arduino shields, I know they are all sold out but I was hoping maybe you had a few kicking around or knew where I could land one. Thanks!

    • Alex says:

      Hi Alex,

      I’ve got some more coming in, should have them in 2-3 weeks, will email you directly once I have stock.

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