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Cisco RV016 16-port 10/100 VPN Router - Multi WAN
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- Former Linksys Business Series
- Secure access at the heart of a small business network
- Supports 16 10/100 wired connections for fast network transfers
- Supports load balancing and failover redundancy on up to seven ports
- Cisco reliability and 3-year limited hardware warranty
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The only short coming that I see is with the load balancing. This seems to really slow the speed significantly. I think that it is just too much for the CPU to handle. My intention was to have two different ISP's for redundancy. As a fix I leave both providers connected but only activate one WAN port at a time. If one WAN goes down I can quickly activate the other WAN port without anyone really being affected. The other ISP is mainly used for FTP anyway.Read more ›
Thank you for the positive comments and strong recommendation. We appreciate the feedback and are happy to hear you are very satisfied with our RV016 and its price.
Cisco Small Business Team
Overall I am somewhat mixed.
My biggest disappointment is with Linksys support. I had trouble configuring the dual WAN capabilities, and never got any help from Linksys. In the end I am using a single WAN (see below). I would expect much better, or at least some, support for an expensive router like this one.
Some applications got confused when I was using two WANs. I had this problem with 2 or 3 applications, so I suspect correcting it would be straightforward, but after HOURS of fiddling and calling Linksys help, I got nowhere.
The other surprise was that there is no way to be notified if one of the WANs goes down. I have dual connectivity for redundancy, but if one fails, there is no way to have the RV016 notify you.
I now keep both WANs plugged in, but only one port active. Someone needs to switch the connectivity in the event the primary WAN goes down.
On the positive side, I really like many of the advanced features:
* One-to-one NAT works well. My servers are both part of my LAN while having an outside WAN address
* I often remotely manage the RV016, including turning one and off various physical ports
* I found setting up VPNs to other gateways fairly straightforward.
On balance there are enough features that work, or at least that I understand, that I am happy with the RV016. I do wish some of the other advertised features worked or were better documented.
Thank you for your comments! We're sorry to hear about your experience with Linksys support. We've since made improvements and now have dedicated phone support for our Small Business products (www.cisco.com/go/smallbizhelp) so we can better provide customers with the help they need. Also, you can get help via chat and the Cisco Small Business Support Community (www.cisco.com/go/smallbizsupport).
Regarding your issue with the dual WAN, we tested the RV016 version 2 with the latest firmware V3.0.2.01-tm, and found it works in both load balance and backup modes with logs. In load balance mode, both WANs can function simultaneously. In backup mode, when the primary WAN goes down, the backup WAN will go up.
You can download the latest firmware software here: http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/relea
Cisco Small Business Team
We also had multiple bugs with the unit and have had to reset many times until we finally gave up and switched to a Netgear VPN Router which has not failed once. So my experience has been that Netgear is a more reliable product overall but Linksys has a few neat features including multi WAN inputs. If the unit would not act up and if tech support were better, it would increase its rating.
Load balancing works fine (I use 3 internet connections from 2 ISPs). P2PTP VPN works with from Windows & Macs with the built-in VPN client.
I wish there was a way to bind certain IP addresses to a specific WAN connections. Other than that I can't complain.
I'm using Firmware version 2.0.6. There is a newer version (2.10.0) which I will be installing over the weekend which promises even more features.
Here are the problems I have experienced.
Throughput below written specification. These are not coming close 100Mbps firewall throughput and 97Mbps VPN. I have tested four with all UTM and firewall functions disabled and am unable to achieve consistent throughput above 40Mbps from WAN to LAN. On the LAN side they seem to do ok, but something appears to be flawed when crossing that WAN/LAN boundary on these devices. I have not tested with NAT disabled, but not many small businesses would be able to run without NAT.
Despite the multi-wan capability the DMZ function relies on WAN1. WAN1 went bad on one of my routers, so I have lost the DMZ functionality. The router is under warranty, but that doesn't negate that fact that I could have still been up and running had the DMZ not been tied to a single WAN port being enabled and connected.
Edit 11/29/2013 - The replacement.
I have replaced these routers with another brand. The competing brand cost about $80 less each and are performing far better than these Cisco counterparts. I must say that some of the cost savings is due to the other brand offering a version that does not implement UTM features so it is not an apples-to-apples cost comparison. The competing brand also incorporates newer processor technology.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good router BUT:
Limited to 30 port forwarding rules
there's no option BOTH. Only TCP or IP protocol
Straightforward. Only 10/100. Older technology but excellent way to combine multiple internet accounts into one automatic fail over device. Handles 50+ devices with ease.Published 1 month ago by John Arnold
Works as expected. Multiple purchases of this device when used delivers transmit/receive speeds and service typically unavailable to my clients.Published 8 months ago by Scott G.
purchased for my boss to replace our aging router. I purchased one before its working with no problem for years.Published 14 months ago by FAST FRED
today 1/7/15 no internet acces IT reviewed diagnosis broke, will like to use guaranty purchased 8/14Published 18 months ago by Luis F Gutierrez
I got the first version of this router in 2006. I purchased it to load balance and fail over 7 wan connections (5 Cable connections and one DSL and one WiMax) a total of 93mbits... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Juan Castillo
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