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What to replace RV082 v1 and v2 with

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by Sfor, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    In my general opinion the RV082 routers are quite good and reliable. But, they do have some issues.

    1) Traffic incoming through VPN tunnel is not processed by firewall. So in order to force some restrictions it is necesary to set the rules on both devices on both ends of the tunnel.

    2) DHCP server collects trash in it's database causing it to work incorrectly at some point. It is possible to remove unwanted DHCP entries with Open RG CLI, then the router DHCP server works, correctly after that. Another way to fix the problem is to return device to the factory default settings, and then enter every setting egain.

    3) When acting as DNS server router slows down when Internet DNS servers it is using are not working correctly. Well, there are many possible workarounds. It is possible to live without using the built in DNS function. But, it is quite convenient, to be able to switch DNS servers for the whole LAN in just one place in a blink of an eye. It is possible to use an independant DNS proxy or casching DNS service, as well. Also, there is no problem when the DNS servers are working right, so it is enough to change to some slower and more reliable DNS serwers. In any case, it would be great, if the router log would provide some warnings in case the DNS servers are not responding.

    4) No gigabit ethernet support. It is not a particulary important feature for me, but I do have one RV082 installed on 160/10 Gbit line. So, the services are cut down to 100/10 Gbit (nobody from the affected network complained about it, so far).

    On the other hand the old RV082 have sufficient VPN throughput. The practical VPN file transfers between RV042 v1 and RV082 v1 using Microsoft Networking were exceeding 20Mbit. Reliability is sufficient. I did not need to reboot them for months or years. RV042 v1 are a bit worse, because the electrolytic capacitors were giving up quite often.

    Right now I do have 5 RV042 v1 and 4 RV082 v1 deployed and I could use a few more. So, it would be good to find some devices as good as them, or perhaps better with the price difference in mind.
  2. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    A new firmware was released for RV0xx v3 and RV0xxG series. There are a lot of fixes related to VPN connection problems. It seems to be a good idea to retest them.

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