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RVS4000 or RV0041?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by stbeaver, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. stbeaver

    stbeaver LI Guru Member

    Still trying to decide between purchasing an RVS4000 or an RV0041. Needs are firewall, router, VPN, GBit and third party content filtering. All wired, I'll WAP it and add wireless later. Lots of info on the board about the relatively new RVS4000 and its firmware shortcomings and problems. Seems to be no word from Linksys on firmware updates for this unit. Has great potential, but it appears to be nowhere near ready for prime time. Not much info on the board about the RV0041.
     
  2. stbeaver

    stbeaver LI Guru Member

    Opinions?

    The RV0041 seems like vaporware. No mainstream Linksys distributors have it. Only a few, off the wall on-line retailers, but not confident that they actually have it. The RVS4000 is not too easy to find either. However, ProVantage appears to have some in stock.
     
  3. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    I haven't heard of anyone with a RV0041 so it's probably not that well supported. The RVS4000 is brand new and so still in the teething stages. You'd probably be best off at this time to get an RV042 and a seperate gigabit switch :unsure:
     
  4. stbeaver

    stbeaver LI Guru Member

    It appears as though Linksys does not offer ANY wired GBit firewall/router/VPN that anyone can recommend positively. I only see that they offer 2. The RVS4000 firmware is buggy. No one knows anything about the RV0041 and its hard to find. I don't really nead GBit at the router right now, its just an obsolescence issue. If there is one available now, I would like to get it while I am purchasing hardware. I would however, like to take advantage of GBit speeds between nodes behind the router/firewall. Aloing the lines of what TazUK suggested above, if I put an SR2016 GBit switch on one port of an RV042 or RV082, then connect all my individual nodes to the switch, as long as some of the NICs are GBit, then I should have GBit traffic between those nodes, right? If all the NICs are not Gbit, will the whole network auto-negotiate to 100? Or would each port on the switch be able to individually adjust to the speed of the NIC connected to it? Come on guys, I've got to get this hardware purchased ASAP, and I'm not getting any responses to my questions in multiple posts about the RVS4000/RV0041. Dropping back to plan B above if no one is confident about Linksys' Gbit routers/firewall/VPN offerings right now. I would welcome comments on the RV042/SR2016 combo detailed above too.
     
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    afaik the RV0041 has been discontinued. and supply is dead, there maybe some still about but not for long.
     
  6. stbeaver

    stbeaver LI Guru Member

    THANK YOU! That is extremely beneficial to know. I would have been ill to have purchased one, only to find that it was no longer being actively supported. So the RVS4000 is the ONLY GBit wired router Linksys has to offer? Would you take the chance on it now, or buy an RV042 now and upgrade a few years down the road?
     
  7. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I know the dev team is working on the RVS4000 firmware as we speak, i'll ask for an update to this, however afaik there was only one issue with ping related issues. they have not been told of any other problems with the firmware.

    this is why it is important for users to inform linksys of bugs, issues so they can fix them.
     
  8. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    No

    Yes :)
     

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