RV042G router. Cisco or Linksys

Hi experts,

I am looking to purchase the above router. I am always confused as to whether it is Linksys under the Cisco name or just Cisco.

I actually chatted with Cisco this morning, and they stated it was a Cisco router. But, the support tech didn't seem to be completely sure, although he did state at the end that it was a Cisco router and not Linksys.

I believe I would trust the experts more. Does anyone know whether it is Cisco or Linksys?

Thanks.

Bert
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s3e3Commented:
That is a CISCO product, not Linksys....
Great product for a small office..
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WayneATaylorCommented:
I have installed a few of these and they are definitely full Cisco products, and don't suffer from the lower build quality of the "Linksys" products

Wayne
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
I actually bought several RV042EU that were made by Linksys, before the acquisition.
The newer models of RV042EU (where you no longer had access to CLI and there is no reference of Linksys on the box) are made by Cisco, according to a sales rep.

The RV042G is basically the same router, with dual gigabit WAN.

I would not think it matters, though. Since Cisco bought Linksys, you cannot buy stuff made by Linksys anymore :)

HTH,
Dan
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davorinCommented:
Initial version of RV042 a coulple of years ago was produced by Linksys. The RV042G is the third version of that router. So in basics you can say it is Linsys router.
But Linksys products (after the Linksys was aquired by Cisco) have in basics two types of products - SOHO/consumer and Small Business. As I know Cisco is trying to sell (and also produce) small business line of (what were before Linksys) products and also the support is held by Cisco. Here also belongs RV042G. If you are looking at this, point you can say it is a Cisco product.
But while is still a good product it is not a product with Cisco IOS operating system.

In my point of view so called Cisco small business products (without IOS) are not "the real" Cisco products. The products the Cisco is famous for.
But if you are looking at trademark and support, then it is.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
I don't think I have ever received this many answers so quickly. Kind of confused as most answers lean toward Cisco. I wouldn't even know who to give the points to except s3e3 had the answer first.

In the end, I guess it doesn't matter. Just trying to sort out davorin's very well written answer and all the others.
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WayneATaylorCommented:
Main thing is that now as Cisco bought Linksys and they now make it all under their brand, it is a Cisco and I think you will find the Home products, although based on the old Linksys ones, are definitely a lot better quality than anything that came out of the Linksys factory, but as also stated they are not the top end Cisco routers with the well known cisco IOS

Wayne
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davorinCommented:
It was written just to confuse you a little bit more ;)

You are right. It does not matter at all if the router offers you functions you need and if it works without problems.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
I think I should have asked for a higher level tech at Cisco, but he/she probably wouldn't have given more info than you guys. I don't want to obsess about it, but I would like to know.

I thought Linksys was sold to Belkin.

By the way, if this isn't a different question, with my 501 PIXs, I did all CLI. With the RV042G, I use the GUI.
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WayneATaylorCommented:
Yes it is currently owned by Belkin, but they bought it from Cisco in March!

Wayne
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WayneATaylorCommented:
And I think they tend to prefer Gui based setup now to make it easier for users to configure themselves.  Most users struggle with CLI based interfaces!

Wayne
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
If I understood correctly from the press releases, Belkin bought the home users division, while Cisco retained the business products.

Since RV042 is a business line of products, I do not think it went to Belkin.

HTH,
Dan
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WayneATaylorCommented:
Cisco sold their Home based networking division and the whole of Linksys to Belkin...
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
On the Linksys site, on the business products, they have the LRT224 which sound very much like the RV042, but it is not a RV042.
That's why I think the RV042 line stayed with Cisco.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
Thanks everyone. This is extremely good information. I purchased four of these, and although a top of the line Linksys is not bad, I was under the impression it was Cisco. I will never understand why Cisco purchased Linksys.

From reading all of the above, I would have to come away thinking the RV042 and RV042G are Cisco products.

I have not tried to configure any of them with CLI. In fact the GUI is rather straightforward especially with the wizards.

I do recall having a large issue with my PIX because I needed to configure it for SBS 2003 RWW, and I could only use the GUI, and the experts were only going to use CLI. So, when in situations like that, you learn the native language, which I did.

BTW, I purchased all four after July 13, 2013.
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Bert2005Author Commented:
Wow!  Six answers. I know the experts hate that, but there was such good information. I surfed the Internet all day trying to find more information. While I couldn't find anything that specifically said, "BTW, this is  Cisco and not Linksys," everything said Cisco. Nothing said Linksys.

Even the tech at Cisco said it was Cisco, but that was with three minutes in between his reading his manual. One would think a level II or high up sales person would be able to spit out davorin's post right off the top of his head.

Thanks everyone. Hope the points are fair. While some were more detailed than others, I think the rule is that you should give the accepted answer to the first person with the answer that helps you most.
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