Excerpt: I live in a rural area with a cable provider that is at the mercy of 10000 trees and branches. Accordingmy, the internet goes down frequently. We have good 4G reception from ATT and i use a wireless modem as backup to the cable. This router allowed me to automate the fail over and fail back.
Summary: I have many of these and the RV082 in use. Overall, they are a very solid bunch of routers and for the price, very competitive. I think they just went through a period where the hardware was not up to snuff.
Pros: Lot's of features on these things. Point to Point VPN tunnels are solid.
Cons: I have purchased a dozen or more of these. I loved the original versions (pre-Cisco) and still have a few in use. These Cisco tagged ones setup the same way and when you get a good one, are solid and fast. However, in one installation, I have had 3 of these go bad in 1 year. They will all of a su...
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21 December 2014
Summary: PROS: 1.) Dual Wan Ports. 2.) Web Interface. 3.) Gigabit Speeds. CONS: 1.) Only lasted 3 weeks until the blinking "Diag" light of death. 2.) Repeatedly dropped connection to ISP's DNS. 3.) Router feature never worked. Gateway feature only.
Summary: I use the RV042G behind the Verizon FiOS router. I have the 75/75 plan. When I first installed it, the upload throughput was limited to 50-60 Mbps. Contacted Cisco tech support, which was very helpful, and after several tests, they recommended to upgrade the Verizon router.
Pros: Nice upgrade of the RV024. Gigabit ports. Better user interface. The new local DNS database feature helps accesing network objects much faster.
Summary: These are some of the best routers I've used in small business installations, they are packed with features and the price is very affordable for what you get. However, if it's mission critical, I would recommend always having a spare on hand just in case.
Pros: I've installed several of these RV042 as well as RV082 and RV016 routers in small business networks and they perform very well. I have many of them running Site to Site VPN's with automatic failover to the secondary WAN with a different ISP and they have been pretty reliable over the years.
Cons: out of all of the RVXXX models, the RV042 has given me the most problems but nothing to really complain about. I had one lock up on a reboot and I had to use a Cisco firmware recovery utility to get it back into operation but the utility was available on the manufacturers product website and free...
Summary: If you're looking for a router with veritably infinite features that's also cheap, go with Linux / iptables. That's what I did years ago and I've never looked back. At my office I have dual (very old) Dell Optiplex GX260s with a whole bunch of NICs.
Pros: More features than your average home router. Multiple WANs being the most obvious (and important) one. The second most important feature being the ability to set up a VPN tunnel between routers. (In my case home/office). It does what it say it'll do. I won't get too far into the "Pros" here, beca...
Cons: [Full disclosure: This review should have been written in 2008. I don't know how much they've changed these routers or how much more advanced the firmware has gotten in the interim. I figure if they were terribly different then they'd have changed the model number by now. I'm shocked that these a...
Pros: Easy to configure out of the box. Fail-over mode is good. Decent logging.
Cons: This router performs horribly in dual-wan load balance mode. The CPU is so slow that there are constant disconnects, and attempting to connect remotely requires retry after retry. No MTU setting or other advice from Cisco resolves the issue. If you want to use a router in dual wan mode, not failo...