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Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router
At a glance
ProductCisco RV320 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router   [Website]
SummaryPPTP / IPsec /SSL VPN router with Gigabit ports and USB WWAN failover
Pros• Responsive admin GUI
• Automatic WAN load balance & failover
• Easy to use firewall
• 3G/4G USB modem support
Cons• Balky SSL VPN
• More minor bugs than there should be

Typical Price: $139  Shop Amazon  Buy Direct

Introduction

Cisco has twelve RV series small business routers that support IPsec VPN tunnels. The models are summarized in the table below and vary in number and speed of WAN and LAN ports, built-in Wi-Fi, plus routing and IPsec VPN throughput.

Note, the throughput numbers in the table below are Cisco's rated throughput numbers. You can go to the Router Charts for our throughput measurements and you can click on the model number in the below table to read our reviews. (The prices in the chart are taken from Pricegrabber.com.)

Model WAN/DMZ Ports LAN Ports Gigabit Wi-Fi Router Throughput (Mbps) IPsec Throughput (Mbps) Price
RV016 2-7 8-13 N N 200 97 $340.91
RV042v3 2 4 N N 100 59 $164.59
RV042G 2 4 Y N 800 75 $176.99
RV082 2 8 N N 200 97 $241.93
RV110W 1 4 N b/g/n 90 5 $69.93
RV120W 1 4 N b/g/n 100 25 $162.54
RV180 1 4 Y N 800 50 $108.00
RV180W 1 4 Y b/g/n 800 50 $142.99
RV220W 1 4 Y a/b/g/n 800 90 $215.87
RV215W 1 4 N b/g/n 90 5 $86.62
RV320 2 4 Y N 900 100 $182.99
RV325 2 14 Y N 900 100 $306.88
Table 1:

The Cisco RV320 and RV325 stand out among the RVxxx routers by having Cisco's highest router and IPsec throughput ratings in the RVxxx family. The main difference between the RV320 and the RV325 is the RV320 has four LAN ports compared to the RV325's fourteen LAN ports. This review will cover the Cisco RV320.

Inside

The RV320 is a desktop router, measuring 8.1"W x 5.2"D x 1.7"H. The case is metal and has an external power supply. It uses passive cooling, thus is silent. The indicator lights are on the front of the device, shown below and the RJ45 ports are on the back.

Front View

Front View

There are two 10/100/1000 WAN and four 10/100/1000 LAN ports. One of the WAN ports can be configured as either WAN or DMZ. There are two USB 2.0 ports, one on the side, the other on the back, which are for 3G/4G modems and/or loading firmware from a flash drive. The router does not support USB storage or printer sharing

Rear View

Rear View

The case on the RV320 seems a bit taller than other members of the RVxxx family, which may help airflow within the case. I used the RV320 for several weeks and never noticed it to be more than slightly warm. Inside the case is the main board, shown below.

Main Board

Main Board

Under the large heatsink is the CPU, which is a dual core Cavium CN5020 running at 300 MHz. The RV320 has 256 MB or DDR2 RAM and 64 MB of flash storage. The Ethernet ports are supplied by a Broadcom BCM53125M 7 port switch.

Features

The feature summary below is based on information from Cisco's RV320 product site.

Router

  • (4) 10/100/1000 LAN, (1) 10/100/1000 WAN, (1) 10/100/1000 DMZ/WAN
  • (2) USB 2.0 ports
  • 3G/4G WWAN Support
  • 900 Mbps NAT throughput
  • Dual WAN failover and load balancing
  • Protocol based load balancing
  • RIPv1/v2, RIPng
  • 802.1Q VLAN - Support for 7 VLAN IDs
  • IPv6
  • QoS - application and service-based bandwidth and priority controls

SPI Firewall

  • DoS, ping of death, SYN flood, land attack, IP spoofing protection
  • 50 Schedule-based access rules
  • 30 Port Forwarding rules
  • 30 Port Triggering rules
  • Static URL or keyword blocking (content filtering)
  • DMZ port and DMZ host functionality

VPN

  • IPsec - DES, 3DES, AES Encryption; MD5, SHA1 Authentication
  • 50 IPsec Site to Site tunnels
  • 10 SSL tunnels
  • 10 PPTP tunnels
  • 100 Mbps IPsec throughput
  • 20 Mbps SSL throughput

Other

  • SNMP
  • LLDP
  • 802.1X Authentication

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