Updated 9/6/2011: Win 7 SSL VPN test update
|At a Glance|
|Product||Cisco Wireless Network Security Firewall (RV 220W)|
|Summary||Small-biz dual-band N router with 10/100/1000 ports and SSL, IPsec and PPTP VPN|
|Pros||• SSL, IPsec, PPTP VPN
• > 700 Mbps routing throughput
• Gigabit ports with jumbo frames
• Dual band N radio
• IPv6 support
|Cons||• Undistinguished wireless performance
• Slow reboots
• A few odd menu organization choices
The RV220W is a step up from the previously-reviewed Cisco RV120W. Both routers are recent additions to Cisco's Small Business RV router series. The RV220W and RV120W are very similar in look and feature set, yet there are a few key differences. The focus of this review is to cover those key differences between the RV220W and RV120W.
Cisco has positioned the RV220W differently than the RV120W, emphasizing the “high performance” of the RV220W vs. the “cost-effectiveness” of the RV120W. As you'll see, the Cisco RV220W has greater throughput, faster interfaces, more VPN options, and more security features than the RV120W.
The RV220W and RV120W share the same classic gray and black business color scheme as well as general shape. Both devices have a black panel on the front displaying the indicator lights for power, WAN, wireless and status of the 4 LAN ports. The RV220W adds indicator lights for diagnostic mode, DMZ, as well as indicators displaying the connection speed (10/100/1000) for devices connected to the LAN ports.
In back of the RV220W are the WAN and LAN ports, as well as a recessed reset button, power connector, and the power switch, shown in Figure 1. Both the RV220W and RV120W use an external power wart that are slightly different in shape, but appear to be interchangeable based on ratings and connector size. Note that the dual-band dipole antennas are attached via RP-SMA connectors so can be upgraded.
Figure 1: RV 220W rear view
The RV220W is physically bigger at 8.7”W x 6.7”D x 1.7”H compared to 5.9”W x 5.9”D x 1.3”H for the RV120W. The RV220W is more robust and heavier, with a metal case compared to the plastic case on the RV120W. This bigger metal case allows for better airflow over the components and better cooling. Like the RV120W, the RV220W does not have a cooling fan, allowing it to run silently.
Inside the metal case of the RV220W are the mainboard and components, shown in Figure 2. Components includes a Cavium CN5010 CPU and Broadcom BCM53115 10/100/1000 switch under the heatsinks in the photo, as well as 128 MB of RAM and 32 MB of flash. Wireless connectivity on the RV220W is based on a Broadcom BCM4322 802.11n radio on a mini-PCI module.
Figure 2: RV 220W board
Note that the RV220W's Cavium CN5010 chip is clocked at 400 MHz, while the RV120W's runs at 300 MHz.
Cisco lists the RV220W along with other routers in the RV model line, which includes the RV120W, RV082, RV042, RV016, RVL200, RVS4000, WRV210, and WRVS4400N. You can compare the features of each of these devices with Cisco's feature comparison tool. For convenience, I've also included a summary of the RV220W features below.
- DHCP, Static, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP
- Built-in Dynamic DNS clients for TZO and DynDNS
- Static and dynamic routing (RIPv1, RIPv2)
- Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
- Port-based and 802.1q tag-based VLANs (up to 16), inter-VLAN routing
- Port Address Translation (PAT). Network Address Port Translation (NAPT), NAT traversal, one-to-one NAT
- Session Initiation Protocol Application Layer Gateway (SIP ALG)
- IPv6: Dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6, 6-to-4, Stateless address auto-configuration, DHCP v6, Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) v6
- Firewall: Network edge (DMZ), Stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall, firewall rules, MAC-based access control, IP/MAC binding, wireless profiles
- Security: Static URL blocking, keyword blocking, approved URL, Optional Cisco ProtectLink Web cloud-based security service, HTTPS, username/password, X.509 v3 certificates, Port-based RADIUS authentication (Extensible Authentication Protocol [EAP] MD5, Protected EAP [PEAP]), X.509 v3 certificates, certificate upload using PEM format
- VPN: 25 IPsec site-to-site tunnels, 25 QuickVPN tunnels for remote client access, 5 SSL VPN tunnels, 10 PPTP tunnels
- Encryption: Data Encryption Standard (DES), Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption (128, 192, 256-bit)
- Authentication: MD5/SHA1 authentication
- QoS: 802.1p port-based priority on LAN port, application-based priority on WAN port, 4 queues
- Management protocols: Web browser, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) version 1, 2c, 3, Bonjour, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP)
- Event logging: Local, syslog, email alerts, packet captures
- Upgradability: Firmware upgradable through web browser, imported/exported configuration in text format
- Wireless 802.11 b/g/a/n – up to 64 active WLAN clients, supports multiple SSIDs - up to 4 separate virtual networks with separate wireless profiles, supports SSID to VLAN mapping with wireless client isolation
- WMM: Wireless multimedia with QoS (802.1e)
- Wireless Distribution System (WDS): Allows wireless signals to be repeated by up to 4 compatible repeaters
IPv6 fans will note that, like the RV 120W, the 220W must be switched between IPv4 and IPv6 modes. See the RV 120W review for more IPv6 info.
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|User Rating [Back to Top]||Overall:||3.3||Features :||3.2||Performance :||3.3||Reliability :||3.2|
VPN assymetric speed
April 18, 2013
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Some days ago I got two RV220W devices to test VPN perfomance and got the strange results. I built site to site VPN , IPSec preshared key.
A) AES 256/SHA512/DH Group 1536 Incoming speed Mbit/s 17,07 Outgoing-34,14
B) AES 256/SHA1/DH Group 1024 Incoming speed Mbit/s 33,83 Outgoing 77,66
C) AES 128/SHA1/DH Group 1024 Incoming speed Mbit/s 34.69 Outgoing 78,00
I did not expect to see assymetric speed.
Suppose Cisco knows why? :)
I would not recommend this router
April 10, 2013
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Usin the latest firmware atm (18.104.22.168) the router seems fairly stable to me..
However, I would really not recommend this router to anyone..
Looking at the firmware change log, the firmware still contains many bugs..
The VPN functionality is close to impossible setting up (I have not managed to do so for now)..
Cisco has not provided any VPN client for Mac OS X users, and the IPsec VPN is not compatible with iPhone/iPad (which was the main reason why i bought this router)..
If you do not need VPN functionality, you should definitely not buy this router..
If you really need VPN functionality that badly, you should definitely go for a more professional solution..
I chose this router because of the Cisco brand.. However, it looks like they have ditched their Small Business series..
Lacking in Development of good firmware
August 27, 2012
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TBH this router could have been great except for allowing Team F1 to develop the firmware for this device.
Frequent Random Reboots
DHCP Server slow at times.
WebGUI Very Laggy.
SSLVPN issues on RV220W
February 02, 2012
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I have spent a lot of time trying to configure this device on my own and with CISCO tech support. My case was eventually escalated level 3 (i think).
When accessing https://WAN_IP/portal/sslvpn portal, text fields were grayed out and login button was disabled.
Solution: We eventually figure out that URL is CASE SENSITIVE
You must use https://WAN_IP/portal/SSLVPN for it to work properly.
I am using Windows 7 x64 OS and no matter what I tried I I continuously received the message "Error Virtual Passage Installation Failed!" I built numerous virtual machines and confirmed that Virtual Passage driver works on WIndows XP and WIndows 7 x86, but NOT on x64.
Here is a final response from CISCO tech:
This is a valid issue that has been root caused. The SSL VPN driver file (.sys file) has a self signed Cisco signature but it should have Microsoft signature to get around the below Windows error.
This will be fixed for the upcoming MR2 release. We are investigating whether a work around to the below installation issue is available with the current firmware.
(Firmware Version: 22.214.171.124).
Small Biz Owner Not Happy with Cisco RV220W
November 16, 2011
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Bought this 6 months ago to add VPN capability to my small manufacturing business. Newtwork-wise I'm an above avg small biz owner, programming for 40 years, and can build basic networks and PCs from scratch.
Would not recommend this router. If I were doing it over would buy separate VPN firewall router and hook it up to wireless access points. Probably would not buy Cisco after this experience.
Cisco tech support eventually taught me how to configure the VPN for my business. It took about 12 phone calls and 6-8 hours on the phone. Half the people I talked to gave me bad advice, or didn't understand the problem. I do sales all day, of fairly technical things and know how to explain problems.
I have had the same experience express by others about the buggy firmware. Have tried 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 but my unit only runs on 184.108.40.206. The others are buggy and the menus are incomplete no matter which browser I use.
I find the menus not intuitive relative to other routers I've set up. The DCHP Client table doesn't give as much info as a linksys home router.
We are also still experiencing some problems getting Windows computers to share database files over mapped drives in Windows inside the firewall. We've tried mapping the drives with windows names and with static IP addresses. The system seems to clog up now and then, and rebooting solves the problem, but we can't always reboot the whole network while the business is running. I'm not an expert in this particular aspect of networking, and am not confident calling Cisco tech support, so I'll probably try a professional IT person.
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