Any expereince with Linksys RV042 or RV082

Posted on 2005-03-14
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Anybody have expreince with these routers?  Any issues that have come us? I am installing my first server based network (Windows Server 2003 SBE) and I am thinking of using one of these, in conjuction with a gigabyte ethernet switch (the owner of the network is a bit obessed with speed). Will they offer enought firewall protection for my network?  Is the only differnce between the RV042 and RV082 the number of ethernet ports?  Thanks.
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usually yes, same ports inside (on chip), but different numbers outside.

I am developing chips also for linksys. they usually take the same chip, and envelops is in different boxes, so the hardware inside in most productions from the same line is the same hardware (mean the switch chip on the PCB)

about firewall, I don't know about a firewall on chip yet (but the one we are producing right now with linksys, that is the first firewall on chip AFAIK)

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The Linksys RV0 series would definately be my first choice if I could not affort a Cisco PIX.
Lots of capabilities, good performance. I've never seen or heard any complaints about them. They just work.
Yes, the primary difference between the RV042, RV082 and RV016 is the physical size and the number of switchports on board. If you're offloading the swithing to a Gigabit switch, then I'd go with the RV082. It think that the 82 provides capability for dual WAN links for automagic redundnacy and failover, the 016 provides for up to seven (yes 7) redundant WAN uplinks.

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Just a quick followup then. If I am offloading the switching to a Gigabit Switch, why should I get the 82 vs. the 42.  The 42 also has the dual WAN ports, and it seems with the 82 I would just be paying extra for ports I would never use.  Thoughts?
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If the RV042 also supports the dual WAN, then I see no other advantages of paying for the extra switch ports of the RV082 over the 42. Go with the little one...

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Thanks so much!!!

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RV082 is TRASH!!  I have had 3 fail on me already!!  

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I have a RV042 and if i use load balancing there are some websites i have problems with.  Anyone else having problems?

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The Processor is slower on the 42 and I believe there are other differences as well.  But more or less the same with the latest firmware upgrades running on both.

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Just got off the phone with a salesperson at Linksys. He bought the rv082 for his house simply for the increased DRAM. He was running Voip through the rv082. He setup a vlan for port 2 and set the highest priority for voip traffic on that port to minimize voip issues.

DRAM differences:


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