RV120W vs WRVS4400N

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by QuimaxW, Jul 2, 2010.


RV 120W or WRVS4400n or Other

  1. RV120W

  2. WRVS4400n

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  3. Other

  1. QuimaxW

    QuimaxW Network Guru Member

    I'm not sure which one of these to get. There are plenty of nightmare stories about the WRVS4400n, but most seem to be related to version 1 of the hardware. I've been unable to find anything about the RV120W.

    RV120W - http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10852/index.html
    WRVS4400n - http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9931/index.html

    Price-wise the RV 120W is about $30 cheaper on average. The main differences I've found spec wise are the 10/100 verses the 10/100/1000 ports on the WRVS4400n and the IPSEC specs.

    I'm hoping some people here have some experience with both and can give a recomendation. I'm looking to use this to replace an aging WRV54G setup which supports and office of <10 people with 1 or 2 remote users (well, would be remote if they had the option).
  2. russwmc

    russwmc Network Guru Member

    I'd be interested in hearing any feedback on the RV120W. I'm considering replacing RV042s at a few sites with this one.
  3. QuimaxW

    QuimaxW Network Guru Member

    I can get them cheap enough where I work, (I could get them even cheaper if they were *for* work.), so I'm considering just getting them and praying they are exactly what I'm looking for. If I do, I'll be sure to post back here.
  4. russwmc

    russwmc Network Guru Member

    I ordered an RV120W to try out. I will hopefully get it next week. I can't believe I'm ahead of the curve on trying this!
  5. QuimaxW

    QuimaxW Network Guru Member

    I also got 3 of the RV 120W units. His office, his home and my home; after all I have to support the other two, right?

    I have to say, I'm impressed; at first sight anyways. Everything is there in the configuration. It's smaller than I thought it would be. Setting up the wireless network is a bit more complicated than your typical home device, but it wasn't difficult by any means.

    What I've tried:
    Wireless: There is the ability to set up 4 SSID's on this thing. I've only got 1 right now.
    Static IP: Works. Check
    Site-to-Site IPSEC: I'm trying to connect to a WRV54G at the moment. It's not working.Getting a "ERROR: Phase 2 negotiation failed due to time up." message in the logs. I blame the notoriously temperamental WRV54G.
    Dynamic DNS: Works, Check. At least with DynDNS.org

    Next up to configure:
    VLANs, bandwidth throttling and multiple SSIDs. The theory to build a "Guest" wireless at his office is to map an unsecured SSID onto a different VLAN that's throttled and separate from the office's work network.
    VPN...yea...I kinda have to get this to work. It may wait until I get the chance to physically replace the WRV54G unit currently at the office.
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  7. QuimaxW

    QuimaxW Network Guru Member

    Interesting processor information. For anyone interested, I really like the 120W, especially with the current firmware update.

    I even got QuickVPN to work once or twice!
  8. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    so have you had any major problems with the RV120W as yet? is it more stable than the WRV54G?

    whats the wireless signal strength like in comparison?
  9. QuimaxW

    QuimaxW Network Guru Member

    I havn't had any 'major' problems yet. My big issues were solved with the firmware update.

    Wireless is another issue. At the office, the wireless is rarely ever used. When I've used it, it's been fine. At home, there are a LOT of other networks and devices interfering. It kinda sucks here. With the interference, it seems to drop quite a bit, especially with my linux systems. My old router was pretty good, but had a directional signal boosting antenna. I havn't figured out how (or if) I can get attach a different antenna to this router. Putting it to "G Only" seems to help. I really wish this router had 5Ghz, it would probably help quite a bit.

    It's not really a fair comparison at home, since I never actually used the WRV at home. At the office, I had a more powerful antenna on the WRV (Linksys 7GB I believe) and this 120W has at least the same coverage area as the WRV had. It's mostly wide open with just drywall to interfere though; a pretty friendly wireless environment.
  10. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    you should maybe try using a reflector on the base of the antena for directional effect if you cannot upgrade the antennas. the other thing is to try something like netstumbler or vistastumbler to find out what other wifi networks are about and what channels they broadcast on, then you maybe able to change to a more stable channel. Also moving cordless phone away from any wireless router can also help.
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