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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

I currrently have the RVS4000 and am looking at the RV180, but I'm having an issue with the RV180 supporting the Dynamic DNS service I need (see here). In that discussion, it seems what would be ideal for me is a router running IOS so I could customize the Dyanmic DNS client on there to fit my needs. However, is there any "affordable" router running IOS that's similar to the RV180 tailored to a small business without getting an overkill router?

Here's my basic needs:

  • Router either compatible with DNS Made Easy's Dynamic DNS service OR has the ability to customize the Dynamic DNS client on there so I can adapt it for DNS Made Easy.
  • I DO NOT need wireless. We only need Ethernet/wired.
  • I prefer Gigabit Ethernet.
  • We're not currently using ProtectLink, so if it offers the ability for it, great, if not, fine.
  • We have our own VPN service and don't need to access the network remotely (just remote into one device using Dynamic DNS), so if it has built-in VPN, great, if not, fine.
  • I'd like IPS included. Our RVS4000 has it and I like this feature.
  • We're switching to cable broadband and VOIP through our cable company, so QoS should probably be included.

Any info would be much appreciated!

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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

It does not run IOS. As to IOS, the main IOS routers are pretty expensive. even a Based ASA5505 which is limited to 10 Users. in comparison to the RV180 i am not 100% sure, but i do know the RV042G boots up in less than half the time the RV180 does.  WebGUI is much more responsive as well.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

The RV042G will be out soon (Middle of June) its a RV042 but with gigabit WAN/LAN ports.

dont think ANY Cisco SB routers support DNS made easy. dyndns.org is the default setting and 3322.org is the other on the RV042G

RV042/RV042G supports 50 VPN tunnels, PPTP clients and QuickVPN clients.

There is also Bandwiidth managment on both WAN ports - rate limit or priority.

hope that helps.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

How will the RV042G compare to the new RV180?

Does the RV042G run IOS or does Cisco offer any "affordable" IOS router for Small Business?

Thanks!

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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Does the RV042G run IOS

I don't think so.

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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

It does not run IOS. As to IOS, the main IOS routers are pretty expensive. even a Based ASA5505 which is limited to 10 Users. in comparison to the RV180 i am not 100% sure, but i do know the RV042G boots up in less than half the time the RV180 does.  WebGUI is much more responsive as well.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

That's what I was thinking on the IOS routers. Pretty $$$. I talked with DNS-ME, and I think I could run their Dynamic DNS client on my Mac since I don't have to have it update the IP 24/7. I boot my Mac up every day, and it pretty much stays online all day except for late at night and early morning, so it should suffice.

As to the RV180 vs RV042G, should I spring for the RV180 now or wait for the RV042G? Which one do you prefer? Sounds like the RV042G is going to be the better router. How does the RV042G compare to the RVS4000 (my current router)?

Couple other quick random questions. I currently have the SG100-08 (older model) switch. Is the newer model out any enhanced? Wondering if I should upgrade to the newer version. Also looking at the SG100-08p switch since I may want PoE for some of my equipment that users PoE.

Also, which of the small business wireless routers would you recommend? I have a client about to upgrade his wireless router. Should he look at the RV180W or a different model?

Thanks again for all your help!

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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Personally I would possibly got for the RV042G, I've had experience with the RV042 for quiet a few years and is pretty stable in its default form. newer versions tend to have very similar features and only the chipsets seem to change.

I've not used the Cisco switches so I cannot comment really.

As to a wireless router what functions does he needs?

have a look here for some good review info.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/view

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Sounds good. I'll compare the two when it comes out and compare both with my current router then make a decision. I'll definitely hold off and look at the RV042G though instead of jumping into the RV180 today. It does sound like it might be the better router.

He's got a Motorola (consumer) wirless router now. I'd like to move him to a Cisco Small Buness router. Bascailly something with N wireless, built in firewall, IPS would be good, VPN OK but not needed. Just a good standard small business wireless router from Cisco.

Thanks!

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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Couple more quick random questions.

Will the RV042G offer IPS? While I'm at it, does the RV180 offer IPS (Intrusion Prevention System, not IPSec VPN)? I have IPS on my RVS4000 now and wondering if either of these routers offer it. Is IPS something that's really necessary or are routers pretty secure without it?

Also, will the RV042G offer IPv6 support? I see the RV180 does, but it seems the RV042 currently doesn't. Just looking to future proof our equipment.

Third, on either of these wired routers, how hard is it to setup a guest network where I could plug in a machine to a certain port and it be separate from my company network? Sometimes I have to plugin client's machines into my router, and it'd be great if I could ensure they don't have access to any of the other company network.

Lastly, quick question on the RV180W. Is that a multi-band 5.8GHZ N router or a single-band 2.4GHZ N router? Looks like a single-band GHZ. Does Cisco offer any multi-band 5.8GHZ N routers for small businesses?

Thanks!

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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

The RV042G supports IPv6 but not IPS.

IPS is good however there is always a downside with small routers. The throughput is lowered considerably when IPS is enabled over WAN. The other setback is the lack of signatures released by Cisco, makes using IPS outdated.

You could if you wanted have an IPS/IDS server on the lan to inspect all packets if you needed too.

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Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Great to know on the RV042G supporting IPv6. Will look forward to seeing it debut. I'll compare it to the RV180 when it comes out and make my decision on upgrading.

That's what I was thinking about IPS. "Handy" feature but does slow down the network. We may go without it, and if we get more security conscious in the future, look at an IPS server or something else. We run good firewalls at the router and device level, so that should be enough. IPS is probably overkill on our network especially since we're not wireless.

Thanks a bunch for all your help!

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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Just give credit where its due by voting on the users post you are thanking

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Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Do you happen to know when the RV042G will be available to purchase? We're about ready to upgrade our equipment, but I'm trying to hold off and wait and take a look at the RV042G first.

Thanks!

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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

I have been told the 13th June as an approximate date.

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Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Great. That'd be perfect timing then!

New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

I'm just going to ask this here, how do the RV042G compare to the RV 220W performance, hardware and feature wise? I don't really care about the wireless aspects, just stability, WAN and LAN performance as well as features.

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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

The RV042G is exactly the same as the RV042 v3 in feature set and reviewed here:

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/lanwan-reviews/31502-cisco-rv042-v3-dual-wan-vpn-router-reviewed

with the aded feature of Gigabit WAN/LAN ports.  i dont have any test results on throughput but am sure it will handle most things adequately.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

In addition to the RV042G, is the RV082 coming out in an RV082G anytime soon? That'd save me from having to purchase a switch since I'd have enough ports in the router itself.

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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

I've been told at this time, the answer is no.  only the RV042 will have a G version.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Oh well, I can always get an RV042G and an 8 port switch. :-) Thanks for the info so I'll know.

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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Yep, I have quiet a few routers now and one Cisco SLM2008 switch which works great with them.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

I'm looking at the SG200-08 which seems would play very well with the RV042G.

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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Yeah think the sg200 replaced the slm2008 I have. Though they seem to have the same feature set.

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Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Same here. Looks like a good switch!

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Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Finally they have a web url for the RV042G.

https://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps12262/index.html

btw firmware is the same image for all the RV0xx series, RV042, RV042G, RV082, RV016.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Perfect. I'll look at this and the RV180 tonight and compare and make my decision. Then as soon as a dealer gets one of them in, spring for it. Thanks again!

New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Been looking at the status sheets, and couple quick questions then it's decision time!

What's the NAT throughput and how many concurrent sessions on the RV042G? Is it more than the RV180?

Does the RV042G support VLAN or the ability to create a guest network on one of the ports to separate my network from guest machines that need to plugin to it?

Leaning toward the RV042G but this will help me decide.

Thanks!

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

RV042G supports port-based VLAN. Guest PC can connect to an isolated VLAN that has access to the internet.

Regarding the #concurrent connections, RV180 supports 10K while RV04G supports more than 20K.

NAT throughput is about the same (about 800 Mbps) with large packet size (1500 bytes).

New Member

Re:Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Perfect. Great to know. Looks like I'll get the RV042G then. Thanks everyone for your help!

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Affordable IOS Small Business Router?

Glad to be of Help, I must say its been a long time coming for the RV042 to have Gigabit ports. My RV042 v1 is still going strong.

Regards Simon
http://www.linksysinfo.org

Regards Simon http://www.linksysinfo.org
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