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Cisco Small Business RV180-K9-NA RV180 VPN Router 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports

  • 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Ports
  • 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
  • NAT Throughput: 800 Mbps
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Learn more about the Cisco Small Business RV180-K9-NA


Cisco Small Business


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)
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server
Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE)
Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)
DNS proxy
DHCP relay agent
IGMP Proxy and multicast forwarding
Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
Dynamic Domain Name System (TZO, DynDNS,
Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation (PAT)
One-to-One NAT
Port management
Port mirroring
Software configurable DMZ to any LAN IP address
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Application Layer Gateways (ALG)
Stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall, port forwarding and triggering, denial-of-service (DoS) prevention, 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
WAN Ports
1 x 10/100/1000Mbps
LAN Ports
4 x 10/100/1000Mbps
Power, WAN, LAN (Ports 1-4)
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
0°C - 40°C
10% - 85%, Non-condensing


NAT Throughput: 800 Mbps

Concurrent Sessions: 12000

IPsec VPN Throughput(3DES/AES): 50 Mbps

VLAN Support

IPv6 Support

Layer 2: 802.1Q-based VLANS, 4 active VLANS

Switch: Power button (on/off)

Buttons: Reset

Cabling type: Category 5e or better

Operating system: Linux

Web User Interface: Simple, browser-based configuration (HTTP/HTTPS)

Power: 12V 1A

Built-in 4-port Gigabit managed switch delivers faster data transfer for bandwidth-intensive applications

Sophisticated QoS prioritizes network traffic for demanding voice, video, and data applications

IPSec VPN tunneling support lets you extend secure network connectivity to remote offices and users with advanced encryption and authentication

Separate virtual network support helps enable secure guest access and helps safeguard sensitive data

IPv6 support lets you employ future networking applications and operating systems without costly upgrades

Browser-based setup and configuration wizards help enable fast, simple deployment

Smooth, tested interoperability with other Cisco networking products makes it easy to add switches, phone and voice, and video surveillance.

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

Customer Reviews of the Cisco Small Business RV180-K9-NA

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  • James M.
  • 8/25/2014 10:51:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA good door stop

Pros: Lots of features

Cons: Slow at handing out DHCP address
Goes catatonic and refuses to route for maybe 10 minutes every few hours. Then it will recovers on it's own.
Very slow a boot.

Other Thoughts: I give up! Flashed the latest software. Dunno what this thing is smoking, but it makes a dandy door stop. Went back to my old slow dumb router that just works.

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  • Sean W.
  • 7/21/2014 11:09:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsRock solid device

Pros: -Intuitive, easy to use interface (as someone else noted, same as the SG300 series)
-Very configurable.
-VPN Passthrough
-One-to-one NAT
-Gigabit interfaces

Cons: -Ok, so the interface is a tad slow.
-Extremely long reboot time (~5 minutes).
-No ability to turn firewall completely off (only found this out after last-resort testing).
-When configuring access rules, you'll find yourself jumping around a lot. The "custom services" screen which one uses to pick non-standard services to forward is different than the access rules screen.
-No ability to define a custom service with a number of ports/services. You have to add a rule for every single custom service/built-in service in the access rules page.
-The access rules page isn't helpful in trying to determine which rule you might want to edit. The only column which gives any insight into what device you might be working with is the "Service" column, but if you've got 3 servers which you're forwarding HTTP traffic to you end up with 3 rules that from the access rules page look identical so you end up having to trial and error into each one until you find the one with the correct destination IP. I really don't understand why they didn't add a "Destination IP" column in addition to the service column, that would have made thing a lot easier.

Other Thoughts: I don't usually feel compelled to write reviews, but for this device I do. After researching the right device for a client of mine I eventually settled on this despite the bad reviews.

First things first, for as much as you will read about the slow management interface, it's really not that slow. The client I was working for had a modem which was an order of magnitude slower than this, so I'm not sure what "slow" is for those who have mentioned it. Besides this, even if it is slow, who cares? In theory you're going to spend the bulk of your time setting it up and maybe log in sporadically to make some changes. It's not like you have to log into it every day.

Second, I'm not experiencing any of the other issues which have been mentioned by other reviewers. For one, VPN passthrough works great. This particular client I do a lot of work via the VPN and I have held connections for well over 10 hours with no problems. Before going any further it's worth mentioning the first thing I did was update the firmware to the latest version (at the time of writing this,

Overall, I have found this box (especially considering the price) to be very worth of the Cisco name. Every feature that is on the spec sheet works as described. As for the speeds, I haven't noticed any degradation of service either internal or external as a result of adding this box to the network.

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  • Douglas L.
  • 7/17/2014 5:20:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIf you have PLEX or media servers - avoid like the plague

Pros: size factor, stability, all great - looks nice, clean, once you get the hang of the GUI it is reasonably sensible. Throughput is as advertised

Cons: If you want to connect media, PLEX or XBMC and use it on a highspeed LAN in your own building, home, etc. do not buy this. I went from an EA4500 to this hoping to increase speed and response. with the new router, i can't even see the media server. On the phone with SBSC, for 2 hours, and they want a packet trace. I bet the problem is NAT. Interwebs are full of warnings about this device. I would not recommend it, and will likely be returning for one that works

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  • David L.
  • 5/15/2014 11:33:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs6 weeks in running solid

Pros: Lots of great features, has not been down yet.

Cons: Far more complex that a "home" routers. Was not a "out of the box" set up; Cisco's site does not provide much support, if any.

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  • David D.
  • 4/1/2014 10:38:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat unit, but requires exposure to "Cisco's way of doing things"

Pros: This unit is solid once configured, but this is not your standard Linksys-like router, so don't expect that behavior or ease / speed or setup.

Cons: Interface is slow and not compatible with all browsers, so play with it until you figure it out :)

Other Thoughts: This unit is great for QOS purposes, never needs a reboot and if you need something more solid than this system - you're talking serious (read - expensive) Cisco routers. Unit is small enough to fit in any cabinet that was occupied with your old Linksys / Netgear router. It takes some time to start, restart etc - up to 2 minutes. After it has been setup once - there's nothing else to do there and you can forget about having it on your network. Logging is decent.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/31/2014 4:01:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimply Amazing

Pros: Great GUI (same formatting as the Cisco SG300-10 series). Rock solid firewall. Massively increased my throughput, I mean noticeably way faster!

Cons: The GUI is a little slow, I have seen issues when mac address binding that it sometimes freezes in the browser (refresh and re-enter) easy breezy..

Other Thoughts: BUY IT!!!

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  • Freddy C.
  • 3/13/2014 8:09:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat small business router

Pros: - No issues
- Easy to configure
- (not using VPN)
- Great for the price

Cons: - Not @ the moment

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  • JOHN M.
  • 1/23/2014 12:40:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I get all the broadband speed I'm paying for. Setup was easy. The web interface is alot easier to use than the Linksys BEFSR41 web interface.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I replaced a Linksys BEFSR41 with this unit and now I get all the broadband speed I'm paying for (50+ Mbps). With the Linksys, I was only getting 20 Mbps on average. (I have to give a shout-out to www. I found a review of this product on that site.)

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  • Sergey P.
  • 10/5/2013 8:59:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot for logging into office network remotely

Pros: I will say nothing new if I mention that (1) this router is Gigabit, (2) it is cheap, and (3) it is wired (no wireless features - for me was an advantage as my wife would not tolerate WiFi radiation in our house).

Cons: The biggest problem with this router is that VPN passthrough on it does not work (even with the latest firmware version If you have a habit of working remotely by logging into your office network, do not buy this router. The VPN tunel, when operated in a passthrough mode with RV180 router, gets dropped about every 10 minutes. I used RV180 in conjunction with both software VPN and Cisco PIX 501 firewall, which also creates a VPN tunnel, and I can confirm similar results - VPN passthrough is extremely unstable. After spending hours researching into this topic and reading numerous accounts of similar issues online, I am giving up on this router. Issues like this take years to resolve, and given how cheap this router is, Cisco might never fix the problem. So, if you are a loyal Cisco customer, wait for a newer version of a small-business gigabit router (but it may be buggy too), and meanwhile buy a router of different brand. This is what I will have to do, and this is how my loyalty to Cisco likely ends. There is nothing more permanent than the temporary.

Other minor cons include the 4 port switch (I would prefer 8 ports), extremely slow web configuration utility, and very long reboot time (it takes about 5 minutes to reboot this router).

Other Thoughts: This router can still be used as a conventional wired router and it operates well if you do not encounter VPN in any shape or form in your networking. If you are certain you will not be logging remotely into your employer's network through a VPN tunel (which is how it is typically done), it is OK to buy this router.

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  • John M.
  • 9/30/2013 12:43:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little router

Pros: Very high WAN throughput
Lots of advanced features not typical of a home router
VPN client works with built in Windows utilities

Cons: Slow web interface

Other Thoughts: This is the first router I've used at home that I've had absolutely no issues with at all while still being easy to use. I've owned it for a year and I've never had to reboot it for any reason, it's always just worked. I bought the router since I have 101/15 from Optimum and this router has a gigabit WAN interface. I've done speed tests with this router and I was able to receive over 100Mbps down.

As far as the interface, it is definitely a little slow but it's a lot better than most interfaces I've seen. It's really easy to setup features like VLANs or VPNs. I have 3 VLANs setup and a VPN connection to a remote Linux server I have. Plus there aren't any options you need to reboot for. I don't know what that one reviewer is doing that they have to reboot when they change DHCP settings. I just went into my home router remotely and changed a few DHCP settings on a new VLAN and it all saved fine with no reboot required.

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