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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2013
Easy set-up. Business class Performance for a consumer home price. Has complete management software(firmware) and allows for 4 separate wireless SSID's so you can have 4 different logins (wireless security passkeys) and split up your office departments or let your kids have their own separate wireless password key (with restricted access or separate time limits!) and it has a guest mode SSID login for visitors (perfect for an office lobby or visitors so you can separate network access). Allows you to control timing of each SSID individually.

Firmware is something you would expect out of a $2K router 10 years ago for under $100. You won't find this "Cisco" brand model at the local Big Box Stores but it is available on-line from many companies. It is an entry-level business class device but is feature loaded.

Full VPN / Firewall Firmware allows you to set-up every aspect of the router to work in any environment. For the money you can't beat it. Only negatives are that the antennas are not removable but coverage seems good and built-in 4-port LAN switch is only 100Mb, but most MODEMS aren't giving you more bandwidth out through the WAN anyway. Full B/G/N compatible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
This router makes a huge difference especially when using VOIP phones. A no brainer. Allows for two separate IP addresses to use the Internet. Perfect for a dental or medical office where internal Internet and waiting room Internet must remain separate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2014
This router seems to be OK when it comes to the firewall and wireless access stuff.
But that is not what I got it for. I needed a Branch Office VPN site-to-site solution.
The specifications claim it can do this. However, it only has partial support for this. For some strange reason, the developers decided that users don't need to be able to configure the IKE Identifiers manually. It attempts some mysterious magical divination of the Identifier data from IPSec configuration and even the WAN configuration. However, in my situation, it failed miserably.
I have a branch office behind a cable modem and DHCP/NAT. Supposedly, you can use the router's built-in Dynamic DNS to make things work... well that would be great if this thing didn't want to use the private IP assigned to the WAN by the DHCP/NAT of the cable modem. Life would be so much simpler if this UI would just let me put in the data I know I need like the RV120W, RV180W, and RV220W do (I looked at Cisco's manuals for them and found the required options right there in the screen shots).

For some unknown reason, no one at Cisco Small Business Support seems to understand that I just need to be able to set these industry standard options in the UI. Heck, I would even edit the configuration file manually, but they decided to use a checksum to make sure you don't dare modify something that might make this actually work!

I tried reaching out to Support on this issue, but after 3 days of being told that they can make it work internally and that I can just let the router figure things out on its own, I'm writing this review. A simple firmware update is all this thing needs from what I can tell.

I may have to return it and shell out the extra money for the older RV120W that actually lets you set these parameters.

So, as of firmware 1.2.0.15... if you need to be able to setup a site to site VPN between this thing and a proper security device... be aware that you have to use IPs for identifiers (and you can't trust the dynamic dns setting behind DHCP/NAT).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2014
Pro's
Advance setup features
Firewall
VPN
Omni Directional
Excellent Speeds
VLAN's (limited to four, which is perfect)
Excellent backup and restore for config's AND IOS
3g Support for a redundant link

Con's
Would like Traditional CLI option (I've never been fond of Cisco GUI's)
Cannot "hide" ssid broadcast, only options are on or off
Initial setup was a bit of a pain. Cannot import from previous Cisco-Linksys router models.

If your a Networking pro or a small business owner needing advance features for your business, then this is your wireless router.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2013
I needed a way to remotely access data from a monitoring system via the 3/4G wireless network and this product fit the bill. It has a USB port for connecting wireless modems (check the compatibility list to verify that your device is supported). Setting up a VPN connection, using PPTP or QuickVPN protocols, was straightforward and relatively painless, allowing access to this remote network enclave from inside another enclave's firewall. Make sure to deconflict the address range of the private network with the network from which you want to connect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2013
I like these small business routers and I still recommend them for my small business clients, but I do end up having to restart them every month or so for VPN connectivity to continue working. Also the Cisco Quick VPN is finicky, and the ability to set these up with macs is less than ideal. I prefer Sonicwall but these are certainly more affordable and still have great value.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2014
This was a replacement item for a low end router that had been in service several years. I was concerned that this being a low end Cisco unit, it may not have the quality and performance I was expecting from the name. Turns out those concerns were set aside as soon as I plugged it in and ran a few performance tests. The great performance improvement is likely due to the poor performance of the unit I was replacing - but on an absolute scale of good to bad, I really like this unit. The web based configuration and set up was easy to use and had all of the things I needed to setup right there in plain view and easy to use. It's been operational for a couple of months, and I feel very comfortable giving this unit a top rating.

This unit was sold and shipped by Amazon - as usual, it was great experience. Arrived exactly when promised, packaging was good (I'm not a package expert, so cant qualify a great rating), and it work first time out of box. The last point is probably not due to anything Amazon did, but I've read reviews where reviewer dumps on Amazon for product not working, so thought it appropriate to give credit.

The 5 star rating is all about product performance and quality - great Amazon service is becoming standard
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
Using for QoS for small office with 12 IP phones and 12 smartphones, great range smooth operation. Recommended good buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2014
Not a bad router for small businesses. It works pretty much as advertised and simple enough to manage (as others have mentioned). The only two things I would like to add are:

1. If you are looking to set up a VPN, make sure you get a static IP address. I spent countless hours trying to get it work only to eventually find out (from Cisco) that it HAS to have a static IP address or the VPN will not work.

2. The firewall access rules are a bit awkward to configure. Once you get the hang of it though, you will be OK.

I am a computer consultant and found this router while doing research for a client. When it comes to small businesses, this is definitely a good choice if you are looking for a budget router.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2014
This one really does cover about 2500 sq. feet of our home, not the advertised 5,000 sq. feet....not bad, yet there are areas in our 2600 sq. ft. House not coverd by this router. It's good when you're close enough!
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