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RV042 or RV082?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by Dsnake, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. Dsnake

    Dsnake LI Guru Member

    I,
    I am not sure what to choose between the RV042 & RV082. I really don’t care about the 8 ports because I already have a switch but I’m not sure about the performances / feartures difference.
    From what I could read on the forums the RV082 have the same CPU but higher frequency and more memory.

    Here is my setup and what I expect to do with the router:
    I have 2 wan outputs (the primary will be another router DSL from my ISP) and the secondary (only used as a failover) will be a cable modem. I have several server hosted (mail, web, ftp) and some clients behind on the LAN side.
    I’ll use the RVxxx VPN feature to connect to 1 or 2 outside sites and do lots of transfer from them to me and me to them. Probably a few remote users too.


    Does the RV042 & RV082 have exactly the same functionality?
    Witch one will give me the best performance? I know the RV082 will do probably better, but if it’s only like 2% performance improvement it’s not worth the $ difference.

    Well I hope you can help me make my mind.

    Sorry for my poor English it’s not my native language :(
     
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  3. Dsnake

    Dsnake LI Guru Member

    Hoo ty vm about the interface I missed it on the site. I'll go look @ this.
    and about the performance? any idea? or the hardware change are only related to the number of ports?
     
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I cannot comment on the performance of the rv042 vs rv082 as i have never had a rv082 to play with. YeOldStoneCat should be able to comment more on the RV082 series when he turns up.
     
  5. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Besides the individual port management that only the RV082 has that Toxic mentioned, I think there are some other differences:

    I may be wrong about this because of recent revisions to the RV042 firmware, but I do not believe that the RV042 allows protocol binding to the WANs which is sometimes necessary to make certain protocols work with the dual WANs such as https.

    Also the RV042 does not have bandwidth management to control the usage partitioning between the two WANs. This can be important if you have some critical traffic that you would want to reserve bandwidth capacity for at the expense of other types of traffic.
     
  6. Dsnake

    Dsnake LI Guru Member

    IC, for me i'll be only using the failover for the 2 wan.
    I saw you can say a port have higher priority than another, hum is this like an internal QoS or something?
    I did not saw an option to make QoS based on service, did I missed it?

    Btw, too bad there is not a version of linksys with 2 wan and 1000 ports that would have been the best for me :thumbup:
     
  7. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Yes, the priority for the ports is a port-based QoS. You didn't miss the bandwidth management function (QoS for service) in the RV082 as that has only been added in the most recent beta firmware. That simulator link has firmware that is a bit outdated.

    I don't own an RV042 so I can't say for certain if the protocol binding function which you could see in the RV082 simulator has been added to the latest firmware for the RV042. Maybe someone with an RV042 can verify this for you or not.

    I think most people that are familiar with both will say that up until the latest beta firmware, the RV082 has probably had fewer firmware problems than the RV042.
     
  8. Dsnake

    Dsnake LI Guru Member

    Ho, so what your saying is that next firmware for RV082 will support QoS based on protocol? will be really nice addition.
    ty for all the infos btw
     
  9. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

  10. Dsnake

    Dsnake LI Guru Member

    Another question (sorry i look like a noob :p)

    on the patch note they say : "There are two firmware systems used by RV082. One is firmware v1.3.x which uses the newer Intel CSR1.2.2. The other is firmware v1.1.x which uses the original Intel CSR1.1."

    So there is 2 Hardware version of the RV082?
    Is the newer version the only one in shop atm? or there is a chance to get the older version?
     
  11. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    no there is only one version of hardware. the Intel CSR1.2.2 and CSR1.1 are software within the firmware.
     
  12. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Twice the CPU, I believe a bit more RAM.

    Wether or not that gives you a performance difference...hard to say...I don't know the kind of loads you can put on it. If it's for a home user on a 20 meg or less connection, they'll probably perform the same. If it's for business use..with a few remote VPN users...the extra horsepower of the 082 would most likely pull ahead.

    I've done about 40-ish 082 and 016 units..but not a single 042 since it started out wobbly..I had stayed away from it.

    For supported features...I believe as of right now with official firmware, they are equal. The 082 and the 016 models have historically been farther ahead with supported features...with the 042 usually getting those features trickled down to it later (example..it only recently got PPTP VPN server support).

    AFAIK no hardware "version" differences in the 082 yet..the major firmware revisions are changes in the firmware platform itself.
     
  13. Colosseum

    Colosseum LI Guru Member

    I've deployed the RV042's, RV082's and the RV016's. The RV042 dbasically does everyting the RV082 and the RV016 do. If you need more than 50 tunnels then you would go with a RV082/RV016. If you need to enable disable or set the ports on the Linksys you will need a RV082/Rv016. You will still be limited to 5 PPTP connections, and only 50 IPSEC tunnels. Besides that you will get the same functionality and almost same performace. So Save your money.
     
  14. Dsnake

    Dsnake LI Guru Member

    Ty vm for all this info. I finaly buyed the RV082 cause here in france internet connection speed are getting crazy in term of speed and i plan to keep the unit for a long time.

    And il will have 2 or 3 permanet vpn tunels active so, well the CPU boost might help.

    Looks like i'm part of the comunity now ^^

    I took a SD2005 too with it for the server the unit is fanless and look nice for the price
     
  15. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    Yes, it would be interesting to know if the recent firmwares and beta firmwares had raised the top end throughput of the RV042 units any.

    The RV082 units took an enormous jump in throughput from the ~20 mbps tested with an early firmware version to the claimed, but as yet unverified speeds of ~100 mbps obtained with last official firmware release. I think that the initial tested throughput of only ~20 mbps was a somewhat sandbagged value.
     
  16. Dsnake

    Dsnake LI Guru Member

    Middle if the next year i'll take a 100mb line, i'll tell you at this moment ^^
     
  17. zorglubxx

    zorglubxx Network Guru Member

    I multiplex 2 20mbps connections with an RV082 and cant complain. I regularly get up to 36 mbps on multi-threaded downloads which is pretty much the limit of my connections (one connection is adsl over atm so max should be around 17, the other is cable and max should be around 19).
     

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