Firmware update for RV042 Routers

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by Jason Howe, May 15, 2012.

  1. Jason Howe

    Jason Howe Serious Server Member

    Hi all,

    I just started with a company on Monday, and I've been asked to look at their network as they're running into some issues.

    We're currently running a linksys RV042 as our main router, with one main subnet for our corporate network. Recently, the purchasing manager decided that he wanted to install a VOIP phone system, so the purchase was made, system installed etc. The problem is that it was setup on a separate subnet, so we currently have no way to communicate with it other than through a server with two nics on it.

    The firmware on the current RV042 is from 2005 (v., so it's pretty old now. Apparently, in firmware v., the ability to add multiple subnets to the router was added (which I believe should solve our communication issue).

    I've never upgraded the firmware on a router before, so while I know it's easy to do, I want to make sure I understand the implications of doing so and have a backup plan in place in case something goes wrong. Does anyone have any helpful tips for getting the firmware updated? Are there any risks with jumping straight to the latest firmware version, or should it be done in sequence with each major release? Is there a process I should be following to backup the settings etc. before proceeding?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Jason Howe

    Jason Howe Serious Server Member

    Thanks for the reply smethrony! In the end, I decided to simply install another router downstream to allow the subnets to talk, rather than upgrading the firmware on the RV042. I will do it eventually though, so thanks for the info.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Upgrading the firmware is fairly easy. RV042 v1 - is the latest. backup your config just in case. the multiple Subnet feature is great.
  4. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    I stayed at, as I had some issues with The does not seem to have any improvements except for the forced https access to the management WEB interface.
  5. Jason Howe

    Jason Howe Serious Server Member

    Thanks guys. I did upgrade, but only to version . It gave me the multiple subnet setting, and is working fine for our needs.

    I have one other question, but I think I'll start a new thread for it. Thanks again!

  6. artit007

    artit007 Network Newbie Member

    Hi, I have Linksys RV042 with FW version: 1.3.9-q50
    I would like to ask for the lastest stable firmware.
    (Hope it will help to fix some bug on VPN and routing)
    :) Thank you so much.
    artit007 :)
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