Recently my Netgear fvx538 firewall has been acting up, ending with pretty much total failure on the LAN side. It started with random WAN interface restarts, but now the LAN ports are hanging/locking up. Even with cables pulled out the port LEDs still are lit. The device then needs to be rebooted, and might work for a few minutes before it happens again. I searched the net for answers but only found people with the same problem, and no solution. I tried reverting to an older firmware, factory reset, disabling DHCP and dyndns service, but no luck. Seems like the Netgear is done for, too bad, it was doing good for several years.

I have now ordered a new Cisco firewall, hoping it has better quality. It should arrive in a day or two.