SOHO recommendation to replace failed RV042?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by aweber1nj, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. aweber1nj

    aweber1nj LI Guru Member

    Hi All:

    I have a SOHO setup with dual WAN connections. I was very pleased with my RV042's capabilities until it started failing and now it's hit-or-miss if it will boot (and then, if it will stay up).

    What's a good dual-WAN replacement? What are the follow-on products? I'd like a VPN end-point (server), but do not need site-to-site VPN capabilities, just road-warrior capabilities.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    Cisco pix... at $15k

    I would probably recommend another RV unit, it seems you have had good luck with it.

    Or if your looking for something a bit more "educational" look at pfsense. It is bsd based and will run on any old PC. It also takes a bit more patience to get up and working correctly, but when its done you forget about it forever(basically).
  3. aweber1nj

    aweber1nj LI Guru Member

    Yeah, Cisco PIX at $15k, or RV042 at $100 (or less). Hmm. That's a tough call! ;)

    I'm also looking into pfsense, endian and IPCop (with Copfilter). I'd like to keep the Dual-WAN capability, which I don't think any of them have, and haven't found a way to throw a piece of hardware in front of those boxes to load-balance the two WAN links without double-NAT'ing.

  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    Yeah, I use ipcop, and it does not have dual wan capability. I do believe that pfsense does, but its an installable module.

    If you really want to get your hands dirty, you could use any old linux distro.(brave souls only)

    Monowall may have dual wan ability, I am not sure.

    Does the RV042 actually load balance, or does it just have 2 for redundancy?

    EDIT: you could use a win2003 server... That would be sweet....(also about 5k to do it legally)
  5. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    You dont need to get as crazy as a new pix. You could easy make a used 2600 work in a dual wan environment and pick one up for around 300, i have bought then for under 200 but those deals take patience. Lots of options if you do a little research, i recently picked up an 1800 that will do all of the above and does SSL vpn's for under 500.
  6. crashnburn

    crashnburn Network Guru Member

    Elaborate? 2600 what? 1800 What?

    Bought where?
  7. FBI01

    FBI01 Guest

    Your problem is solved ?

    With pfSense you can manage n*ISP with "Failover" oder "Load Balancer". There is no limit!

    We use Intel Dual_Port 1000Gbit Server Cards (passive cards are too slow!). We have one DHCP ISP (Cable, DOCSIS) und one PPPoE ISP (DSL). We use the DHCP ISP on the WAN Interface, bacause it's our 1st choice. Then we configured the WAN2 (any other interface) also with DHCP behind a "Linksys AG241" (ADSL-Modem + Router). In this constallation you can configute a separate dynamic name und if your pfSense is down, you have still contact to your location (IP-Power-Plugs etc.).

    Failover works fine. All DNS are listed on the first WAN ...
    It's not expensive and effective ; )

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