RV042 - Is it reliable? Easy to use?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by grep1, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. grep1

    grep1 LI Guru Member

    We're about to purchase the Linksys RV042. We would like to know as it stands now with the latest firmware, is this a reliable router? I heard reports of that internal battery dieing, was that ever resolved?

    We need to be able to use the VPN function of it through our Vista computer. We need to access Win XP Home and Pro shared resources at the destiantion. I assume we'll use QuickVPN. Does this all work well? Is it hard to set up? Do I need a static IP or can I use dyndns and will it work well over VPN?

    Sorry for all these questions, I'm a real newbee. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    EDIT: Just saw this thread: http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=50953

    With that given solution, won't that mean if those IP addresses change, i.e. the DHCP gives them a new IP, then that solution is pointless?
  2. ccb056

    ccb056 Network Guru Member

    A cap or two will die in the RV042 usually within the first four years. Other than that its fine. When my RV042 died, instead of replacing the cap I just got a RV082. I have 3 RV082's one for about four years and its still running strong.
  3. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    Well, I have just one RV042 under my management. The GUI and VPN locked just once in a few months, so far. The other services were working, in the same time. A power reset solved the problem.
  4. piotr.dobrogost

    piotr.dobrogost LI Guru Member

    If you want STABLE, feature rich multi wan router never ever buy Linksys. You can safely assume this company doesn't even have tech support (ignorants with scripts sitting in India don't count for any support leaving tech alone...)

    Generally speaking I think someone would have to be really crazy to buy Linksys product for production use after reading all these posts. All Linksys products' useres are begging, praying and waiting for many months to see one more buggy firmware.

    I bought RV042 one year ago only to had to have to dig hundreds of posts here trying to find any help. In the end I ended buying today PePLink 300 (although the unit costs $1000, there is no reseller of PePLink here in Poland and the cost of shippment is $90 which is over half a price of RV042...)

    There are few brands of really good multi wan routers (PePLink, HotBrick, SonicWall, Xincom, DrayTek). Linksys isn't one of them.

    The second result in google for "multi wan" is http://gpsinformation.info/joe/routers/MultiWANroouters.html If you haven't already read this one you really should do.

    With Linksys you get for what you pay and you pay little comparing to other brands...
  5. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    I have to agree on the low level of knowledge of the Linksys tech support crew.

    I asked about the top encryption speed of the BEFVP41 router. They told me it can go up to 90% of the connection speed. I've done some searching and it appeared the built in security Hifn 7901 CPU can go up to 32 Mbit. Since, the BEFVP41 WAN port is a 100 Mbit ethernet, it would mean 90% of the top link speed is 90Mbit. So, the linksys support was trying to convince me the router is 3 times faster than it's CPU top possible performance.
  6. piotr.dobrogost

    piotr.dobrogost LI Guru Member

    Pathetic... Good luck to Linksys.
  7. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    It is much more likely for many old Linksys devices to be upgraded in the future. Because, many Linksys made devices are fitted with the GPL code.
  8. piotr.dobrogost

    piotr.dobrogost LI Guru Member

    Maybe yes, maybe not. Life goes on...
    I wouldn't count for new GPL code for old devices. GPL developers create great software because for the most part it's ahead of its time. Who cares about old, crappy devices when there are thousends of parts to build stable, efficient, extensible and up to time system based on Linux.
  9. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    Well then. Where can I find some informations about hardware requirements of a PC linux based router system?

    I have been considering a replacement of my WRV200 with a Linux based PC computer. But, I was unable to find out what hardware I would have to use.

    There are some informations about hardware necesary to run routing services, but what hardware is necesary to run VPN tunnels. As, I would like to know what hardware is necesary to support 30Mbit of IPSec 3DES VPN traffic.
  10. piotr.dobrogost

    piotr.dobrogost LI Guru Member

    Good question. I'll try to find some info on this subject if I only have some free time. If anyone knows something on this subject please share your knowledge with us.

    Take a look at

    http://www.gctglobal.com/ for hardware,
    http://bengross.com/smallunix.html, http://www.untangle.com (really impressive) for software and
    http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT6003080606.html for some practical tips.
  11. starlight

    starlight Network Guru Member

    For me it is a very reliable router and you get the most bang for your bucks.
    But we normally using Linux networks. But we have installed it at several client sites and there are also no problems at all.
  12. grep1

    grep1 LI Guru Member

    What is a cap? What happens when it dies?
  13. grep1

    grep1 LI Guru Member

    Also, anyone have anyideas on my following questions from my original post:

  14. piotr.dobrogost

    piotr.dobrogost LI Guru Member

    Yes. Only static ips work in this case.
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