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RV042 Does Load Balancing Routing work?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by fred3, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. fred3

    fred3 Network Guru Member

    I'm using Load Balancing on an RV042.
    I want to set a preference for the default route
    So, I entered one in Advanced Routing with a metric of 5 pointing to the preferred WAN.
    When displaying the routing table, sometimes this entry is there and sometimes not.
    Any experience or guidance?
  2. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    Well, the RV042 v1 and v3 are very different. But, when it comes to the load balancing, you should not use the routing table. Both routers do have a table of protocol binding rules to direct traffic through one or the other WAN port. In case one WAN port goes down, the rules are ineffective, and the whole traffic goes through the other WAN port.
  3. fred3

    fred3 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the response. Well, I'm very much in a learning mode here; not so much problem solving, so this is helpful
    I do understand that if one WAN port goes down then there is effectively failover when using Load Balancing.
    I also see the protocol binding and I can imagine situations where that would be very useful. I guess you're saying that if one WAN fails then the protocol binding is one of the rule sets that's ineffective. That would make sense I should think for most needs.

    Why should one not use routing rules though? Even though I ask, I do see some strangeness in how the default routes are set up. I wish that metrics could be directly applied. At least I think that's a proper objective.

    Also, since you mention it, other than the GUI interface, what makes the v1 and v3 "very different"? I've not really noticed much that I can recall.
  4. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    The v3 is a completely new device with a completely different network processor. It seems the firmware was made from scratch, so it is full of bugs, still.

    The v1 is a workhorse. It has a few issues, but once set up right, it will work well.

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