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As you can see in Figure 2, showing the opening menu screen for the NETGEAR FVX538, and Figure 3, showing the opening menu screen for the NETGEAR FVS124G, NETGEAR has a new color scheme and layout. The use of more than two colors and adding some grays and contrast is a nice improvement to the previous basic blue and white color scheme.

FVX538 screen

Figure 2: Opening menu from the FVX538

FVS124G screen

Figure 3: Opening menu from the FVS124G

The configuration options on the FVX538 are nearly identical to the options on the FVS124G, with some reorganization and minor modifications. Table 1 provides a matrix of the FVX's configuration options, which include five main menus, each with 5–7 submenus.

Main Menus Submenus
Network WAN Protocol Settings Dynamic DNS LAN Settings DMZ Setup Routing  
Security Services Schedule Block Sites Firewall Rules Address Filter Port Triggering Bandwidth Profile
VPN Policies VPN Wizard Certificates Mode Config VPN Client Connection Status  
Admin Remote Mgmt SNMP Backup & Upgrade Password Time    
Monitoring Status Traffic Meter Diagnostics Firewall Logs VPN Logs    
Table 1: A matrix of the FVX538's menu structure

Another nice touch is the sticker on the bottom of the device with the default network address, user name, and password as displayed in Figure 4. Coupled with the manual being fully accessible via a link in the menu, as well as help documentation located throughout the configuration screens, makes it possible to simply fire up the FVX538 and configure it without spending a lot of time searching for information on options and configurations.

Bottom sticker

Figure 4: The information sticker on the bottom of the device

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