RV042 load-balancing setup with tomato router downstream?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by Kcolyhs, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Kcolyhs

    Kcolyhs LI Guru Member

    I recently got an RV042 v.3 as a gateway to load-balance 2 DSL lines. It is working well and is stable after configuration.
    I am not satisfied with the GUI on the RV when assigning static client DHCP's, traffic monitoring and QoS as compared to Tomato routers.
    If I want to add a Linksys E3000 Tomato router downstream from the RV, with the intention of letting it handle DHCP, QoS and traffic monitoring is that feasible?
    If I disable gateway mode on the RV and use the Tomato as a gateway will that disable the load-balancing function?
    Or is it better to leave the RV in gateway mode but disable DHCP and let the tomato assign dhcp's? In that case should the tomato router be in gateway or router mode?
    Thanks for any feedback.
  2. Sfor

    Sfor Network Guru Member

    The DHCP protocol will not go through any IP routing (no mater if router is in router or gateway mode). DHCP server has to be in the same LAN segment as the DHCP client. In case of the RV042 it is not possible to use its DHCP server with other router as a gateway. I do not know about Tomato DHCP capabilities, however. To have such an ability the DHCP server has to be able to assign gateway IP different from its own IP. RV042 can not do it.
  3. Kcolyhs

    Kcolyhs LI Guru Member

    Thank you for your response.
    I know the RV042 has a "DHCP relay" option which enables using an alternate device to manage DHCP's. That did not work for me.
    It is frustrating not to be able to use the elegant ease and versatility of Tomato in a network.
    For now I am using the RV's crude GUI, and removed the Tomato router from the network.
    I think Cisco could learn a lot from Tomato's functionality, in their small business routers.
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