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Pix 501 or Linksys RV042

I have a small office with fewer than 10 users, and we would like to have a VPN/Router installed.  Remote Desktop is one of the primary factors in deciding to get a VPN appliance.  Looking at Pix 501 and Linksys RV042 4-Port Router/VPN... anyone have comments on reliability of either one.  Albeit cost is an issue.  The linksys is almost 1/3 the cost of Pix 501, and it therefore has our interest.  Any commenst please.

Dave
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-Leo-Commented:
I have used both of them - would say Cisco PIX is more flexible, but in matter of reliability they are the same. If cost really is an issue - go with Linksys, it will do its job fine, if you need to connect small office to internet and have VPN connectivity. Also Linksys has free online support, and you will spend a fortune for Cisco...
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lrmooreCommented:
Agree w/Leo. The RV0xx series is my next choice after a PIX. If budget is concern, go with the Linksys. The QuickVPN  client can be quirky, though. I've found most of the Linksys products to be rock solid.
 
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Roger_DogerAuthor Commented:
I have heard the QuickVPN client can be quirky.  Am I limited to using that or can I use the client for Cisco VPNs?
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lrmooreCommented:
You're limted to the QuickVPN or I've heard you can use a freeware called "greenbow" or something like that. You cannot use the Cisco VPN client for sure. I think you can even use the Microsoft PPTP client with the Linksys. I personally have used the QuickVPN and have not had 100% luck with it. It connects sometimes, doesn't sometimes. I always always have success with the Cisco VPN client and a PIX.
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Roger_DogerAuthor Commented:
So, if you were going to install a vpn for a small business and did want your employees fiddle-farting around with a connection client (because it will not work all the time), you would spend the extra money to aleviate headaches's and to headoff "help" calls to your home at all hours ?
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-Leo-Commented:
They saying GreenBow certified with RV042, but I haven't tried it
http://www.thegreenbow.com/vpn_gateway.html

By the way my customers using Microsoft PPTP client with no problems (RV042), I tried QuickVPN - was working fine as well (but I did not used it for a long time)
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lrmooreCommented:
That's a tough call. Microsoft client seems to be the easiest and most reliable connection.
$200 vs $600 - I'd risk it if budget really is an issue. Linksys is almost a "disposable" price and Cisco is an investment in quality and support (annual maintenance around $75/year).
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