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Cisco RV042 4-port 10/100 VPN Router - Dual WAN
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- LAN Ports - 4 10/100 Mbps RJ-45
- WAN Ports - 2 10/100 Mbps RJ-45
- Weight - 1.27 lbs.
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- Brand Name: Cisco Systems
- Model Number: RV042
- Connectivity Technology: Ethernet
- Network Data Transfer Rate: 100
- Width: 9.60 inches
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|Data Transfer Rate||100||1||1,000 Mb per second||90 Mb per second|
|Item Dimensions||5.12 x 7.87 x 38.5 in||11 x 3.25 x 9.5 in||2.68 x 11.22 x 8.78 in||5.9 x 5.91 x 1.18 in|
|Item Weight||4.44 ounces||1.39 lbs||1.81 lbs||0.61 lb|
|Total LAN Ports||4||4||4||4|
|Wireless Compability||802.11bgn||802.11 a/b/g/n||—||802.11n|
Network connections are the backbone of business connections. One of the Cisco Small Business Routers, the RV042 Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Router supports up to four wired and 50 off-site connections. The latter allows users to connect into your network with secure access to your files and intranet. The RV042 comes with dual Internet ports that can serve as a failsafe system for 24/7 network uptime, or as a secondary connection to a separate Internet provider. Whether they're used for backup or speed boosting, the router's networking hardware will keep bottlenecks away from your network, period.
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I thought the RV042 would be exactly the same as the RV082 except with 4 ports instead of 8. However, I found that the firmware is still a bit behind the RV082 (the RV042 also does not come with an internal PPTP server, though this PPTP server is still not compatible with the Win2000/XP PPTP client). One major benefit of the RV082 is that it comes with a free VPN client called QuickVPN (downloadable in the same section where the RV082 firmware is located). Unlike other Linksys VPN routers, the RV082 using the QuickVPN client avoids the trouble of needing to follow a 16-page procedure for configuring a Win2000/XP client to access the VPN.
The RV082 firmware (v22.214.171.124) contains an "HTTP Service" option that must be enabled to provide QuickVPN support. The QuickVPN client appears to retrieve some VPN server information through https:// requests, which isn't evident unless you look closely at the wget_error.Read more ›
This router is perfect for home, SOHO or (very) small office use. The router is an extremely fast device and the firewall very capable. It also does a very good job of IPSEC and PPTP VPN access and has no problem supporting multiple connections (which is something my DD-WRT enabled WRT54GL could not handle).
The Linksys QuickVPN software is frustrating to get working. If will renumber your internal network whenever someone uses the software. So be aware that you must number your network in the 10.x.x.x address range even though the router comes out of the box numbered as 192.168.1.1. There is only one place I found this little bit of information and without it, I would have never figured out why QuickVPN doesn't work. QuickVPN only permits you to usurp the default gateway of the machine to your remote network. However, once it is working, it's very fast.
The router does not support DNSMASQ. For larger businesses, this isn't a problem because ostensibly they would have the resources to run their own name servers. But for home or SOHO users, this represents a problem because you have to manually enter the target nameservers. This may not sound like much of a problem until your ISP changes nameservers and then your connectivity will start to fail on name lookups. As anyone who has been faced with such a situation, the symptoms can point to any number of issues.
Configuring IPSEC is not a trivial matter for the uninitiated. If you purchase this router with the intention of using it for IPSEC and this is your first time doing it, buy yourself a book that covers IPSEC.Read more ›
Sorry to hear you experienced some issues with the RV042 router. We're continually working to improve both the user interface and documentation for a better user experience.
Regarding the difficulties you experienced configuring IPSec, the administration guide may have the information you need. You can find the documentation here: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/c
Thank you for your feedback!
Cisco Small Business Team
Also note, we updated one of the router to newest firmware, which prevents any kind of connection from the internet. Needless to say, my boss is really crossed with me because I was the one recommend the model.
Many low end home routers have a DMZ-like facility, but this really just opens up a single port to a computer within your LAN. The problem with this is that if the "DMZ" computer gets compromised it is on your LAN! That means other machines could potentially get compromised.
This is not the case with the RV042. You can create routing rules that explicitly state what connections are allowed and what connections are disallowed. For example, any computer on my LAN can access any computer on my DMZ, however my DMZ can not access my LAN. This allows for excellent security.
The router supports the syslog protocol which allows you to send its system logs to a centralized logging system. This is a very common configuration for UNIX systems.
The one thing I would change about the RV042 is to give it 1000BaseT ports. You can simply add a Linksys SD2008 to accomplish this.
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