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Old 19-06-2012
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Cisco RV180 VPN Router

Cisco RV180 VPN Router is one of the available affordable solutions @ $129.99. If you talk about the performance in network connectivity then it offers you more than that. A VPN router allows managing and controlling more than one office and especially for higher number of employees. VPN router offers you world class features to make and manager your network. If we talk about a VPN router then it means you need a composite pack of features and performance. Just having tons of features are not beneficial. For example for a network of around 60 to 80 pc around the world needs a suitable option to manage and control the data flow? Going for third party service can be costly contract. What companies can do is setup a group of skilled employees which can manage the entire network. That would be cheaper solution and also effective. Your data does not go in other hands. Cisco RV180 VPN Router is designed to give high performance. Compared to the regular routers the Ethernet port is more advance to give higher transfer rate. The day to day business process is obstructed by a poor technology implementation.

It has become a life line of every network. We might not directly involve in the technology used in our business but somehow in future you can plan to expand. This expansion needs better resources and latest updated technology that can handle your day to day operations. Like VoIP. This is used by various companies to contact and help their consumers. In that case, companies spend an extra amount to buy and setup the best hardware. Along with performance another important thing that matters is security. So here the cost is divided into two parts. First getting a high speed connection and second security that controls user?s access. You will not like that your confidential information is leaked outside and reach in other hands. Cisco RV180 VPN Router gives you 50-50 benefit of both. You do not need to worry about the speed and also you do not need to think much about security. At affordable price you can not only manage text data but also control rich media content which needs good transfer rate. Along with good transfer ration for security you have IP Security. This feature comes in ample of new routers. Called as IPSec. In this you can use an encrypted connection to protect your data transfer over IP network. It is far more secure because you block unwanted connection at source. There are number of different terms involved here. IPSec is not just one single thing that works by turning it on.

It protects the data from origin, it manages data encryption, it checks for network level authentication, etc. The one which is easy to configure in Windows Server 2008. You control the behavior of the same and use Firewall at the same time. This does not means IPSec works only with Firewall. You can use them separately as per your need. Called as IP Security. The security layer works on the network and controls the communication process. The layer where data travels passes through the set of protocols used in this. So here, your data needs to be authenticated before reaching your network. For virtual private network this is one of the most suitable solutions. Because in VPN the user access the network via remote connection. So there are chances that the pc where users are accessing your network can have some kind of infection. Those are thus blocked and do not reach inside your system. Another important thing of implementing IPSec, that you do not require to make any changes to your end user system. No need to add any application or hardware. Now I will provide a bit more highlight on the router features.

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Re: Cisco RV180 VPN Router

As I said already that the router is affordable with high data transfer rate and IPSec. Another thing that it offers is a powerful firewall. The firewall comes integrated with the router which is an important aspect of good router. You cannot rely on software level security support unless it is completely effective. There are chances when your system is down or system might expose to risk. Integrated firewall, and authentication criteria if managed on the hardware level, guarantees more security. It is best for the sensitive business data. One more thing that I will like to highlight here about the router is configuration. I had found ample of decision just changes on configuration point. If I own a pc of 40-50 and manages some important client data, then I might stay happy with my current settings. Adding up a new hardware and then configuring the security settings will create lot of doubts. This is common for those who do not have a dedicated IT Dept. At this point Cisco RV180 VPN Router helps you a lot with easy to use configuration settings.

There is wizard mode setup. Means you can read the screen instruction and configure the router with ease. You do not need to be technically very strong on this. You just need to understand the terms which you are configuring. It is better if Cisco can help use to get a demo of router login online. So that a user can test how he configures and manages all the settings. It does not matter what business you do. If it is pure text based data processing or rich media content, you need a powerful tool to handle regular operations. Also the security features must be enough complex to meet day to day needs. This is where performance matters. You need a powerful tunnel here which is only for your network. No outsider can enter that. Our pc gets easily attacked by malware and spyware.

At this point this malicious applications lies quietly in your system. They are designed to collect your data and send that to remote locations. The complex security on Cisco RV180 VPN Router is made to deal with this stuff. It will not affect your data bandwidth, but on the same hand it will control all intrusion. Because high performance Ethernet port, it is much easier to connect as many pc as you want. You can easily navigate to remote pc and contact your workers. It is actually meant for a small area network. I will not recommend if you have a very big network around the world. For that there are higher end routers available. The router comes with 4 Port connections. You can hook up your network device on that and keep a central point for your data backup also. Along with companies access you can set a virtual network for anonymous users. Under this you can keep the anonymous login separately and your authenticated business users separately. The LAN port is capable of giving you maximum 1000mbps transfer rate depend on needs.

Tech Specs of Cisco RV180 VPN Router:
  • Standards : IEEE, 802.3, 802.3u, 802.1D, 802.1p, 802.11e, 802.11w (Rapid Spanning Tree) 802.1X (security authentication), 802.1Q (VLAN),IPv4 (RFC 791), IPv6 (RFC 2460), Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1 (RFC 1058), RIP v2 (RFC 1723)
  • Ports : LAN, WAN
  • Switch : Power button (on/off)
  • Cabling type : Category 5e or better
  • LEDs : Power, WAN, LAN (ports 1-4)
  • Operating system : Linux
  • Network Protocols : DHCP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, DNS proxy, DHCP relay agent, IGMP Proxy and multicast forwarding, RSTP, Dynamic Domain Name System, NAT, PAT, One-to-One NAT, Port management, Port mirroring, Software configurable DMZ to any LAN IP address, SIP & ALG.
  • LAN : Four (4) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit LAN ports with managed switch
  • WAN : One (1) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit WAN port
  • Routing Protocols : Static routing, Dynamic routing, RIP v1 and v2 & Inter-VLAN routing
  • Network Address Translation (NAT) Protocol : Port Address Translation (PAT), Network Address Port Translation (NAPT)
  • VLAN Support : Port-based and 802.1Q tag-based VLANs
  • Number of VLANs : 4 active VLANs (3-4096 range)
  • IPv6 : Dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6, 6to4 tunneling, Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) for IPv6 (RFC2710), Stateless address auto-configuration, DHCPv6 Server for IPv6 Clients on LAN, DHCP v6 client for WAN connectivity, Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) v6, Static IPv6 Routing & Dynamic IPv6 Routing with RIPng.
  • Network Edge (DMZ) : Software configurable to any LAN IP address
  • Layer 2 : 802.1Q-based VLANS, 4 active VLANS
  • Firewall: SPI firewall, DoS prevention, port forwarding and triggering & software-based DMZ.
  • Access Control : IP access control lists; MAC-based wireless access control
  • Content Filtering : Static URL blocking or keyword blocking
  • Secure Management : HTTPS, username/password complexity
  • Certificate Management : Self-signed SSL certificate, import/export certificate using Privacy-Enhanced Mail (PEM) format
  • User Privileges : 2 levels of access: admin and guest
  • IPSec VPN : 10 gateway-to-gateway IPSec tunnels
  • QuickVPN : 10 Quick VPN tunnels using Cisco QuickVPN client
  • PPTP VPN : 10 PPTP tunnels for remote client access
  • Encryption : Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
  • Authentication : MD5/SHA1
  • VPN Pass-through : IPSec/PPTP/Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) pass-through
  • QoS : 802.1p port-based priority on LAN port, application-based priority on WAN port, 4 queues, Differentiated Services Code Point support (DSCP), Class of Service (CoS)
  • and Bandwidth Management for service prioritization
  • NAT Throughput : 800 Mbps
  • Concurrent Sessions : 12,000
  • IPSec VPN Throughput (3DES/AES) : 50 Mbps
  • Management Protocols : Web User Interface : Simple, browser-based configuration (HTTP/HTTPS)
  • Event Logging : Local, syslog, email alerts
  • Network Diagnostics : Ping, Traceroute, and DNS Lookup
  • Upgradability : Firmware upgradable through web browser, imported/exported configuration file.
Just have a look on the above list. The Tech Specs are taken from DataSheet of Cisco RV180 VPN Router. This tech specs give you detailed highlight what features and security support the router can give you. It is recommended that you must have a look in detail for getting more information.

Conclusion:

All is all I found the router as an optimum choice for your needful business activity. It handles your security and business operation. It is like your virtual IT department which controls everything. The security features can be activated and configured in Wizard mode. This makes your job easier. The price various based on different seller. But the estimate amount I showed at the beginning of this article. Cisco has added all the features that are needed to protect your daily business. So here you are not forced to use any third party costly contract.
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