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RV042 or RV082??

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by RydeWitM3, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. RydeWitM3

    RydeWitM3 LI Guru Member

    Hey Guys,

    I am pretty new at this and I have a quick question...If i want to have two internet sources (cable 10mb/s down, and 1mb/s up + DSL 6mb/s down, and 768kb/s up), so in case one goes down, there other can kick in, which one of these routers is better? I might also setup a VPN down the line. Any help would be greatly appreciated! If there are different routers that would work better please let me know.

  2. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    The 082 has twice the processor speed...so one could argue that it's better.
  3. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    When I was choosing been the two, I selected the RV082 even though it cost considerably more because it definitely had fewer problems at the time. Since then I think that the RV042 firmware has been improved so that it may be nearly as reliable as the RV082 based on problem reports on Linksysinfo and other places. Also the four extra ports were an important selling point for me.

    Earlier this year, there were reports here of a power supply problem on the RV042. They would fail after the warranty expired due to the capacitors drying out. The fix was relatively easy if you are handy with soldering components on to motherboards. I'm not sure if this RV042 has been revised to fix this weakness. The RV082 has a different design.
  4. RydeWitM3

    RydeWitM3 LI Guru Member

    so overall the rv082 is better. would you say that the rv082 is more stable?

  5. d__l

    d__l Network Guru Member

    On my home network, my RV082 has never spontaneously rebooted in over a years time

    I don't think that stability is ever much of an issue with the RV042 either unless the unit was having the power supply problem. The major firmware problems that were being reported a year ago for the RV042 may be fully resolved or at least there don't seem to be as many RV042 complaints here as there once were.

    You might work your way through some of the older RV042-082 threads to compare the issues.
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I've had two RV042's without any problematic capacitors. I now only have one, but it is stable a hell and for the price I got it for was well worth the money.

    Do you need the extra 4 ports on the LAN? do you need upto 100 VPN tunnels or will 50 VPN tunnels do?

    unless you have many clients behind the router i would go for a RV042 and save your money.
  7. RydeWitM3

    RydeWitM3 LI Guru Member

    thanks for all the input guys!!!!
  8. moored99

    moored99 LI Guru Member

    One more thing the RV042 does not support VPN backup (located in the advanced VPN options on the RV082) I only found this out after purchasing one, so if this feature is important to you the RV082 is the best way to go.
  9. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Historically it seems the 082 and the 016 get the firmware upgrades sooner than the 042.....as for stability, I can't say I've noticed a difference in the dozens and dozens of each that I have out there.
  10. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    afaik the firmware will be released at the same time, unless a bug is found in a certain model.
  11. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Features like PPTP VPN server were waaaay behind with the 042 as a feature...had been avail in the 082 and 016 for a long time. only recently added like last spring or summer for the 042.

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