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Cisco Small Business RV042G-K9-NA Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router 2 x 10/100/1000Mbps WAN Ports 4 x 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This router has a simple management UI which makes it very easy to set up. The VPN configuration is the simplest one I've seen in all of the business-class routers I've used - just one page, and you can see the entire VPN definition. This is the simplest implementation, and I prefer this approach best among the VPN routers I've used.

Cons: The router's CLAIMED NAT throughput speed is a whopping 800mbps, but reality is very different. On a 150mbps connection, I get a maximum throughput of about 132mbps. If you look up this router in various forums, there are many postings from users who have 1gbps connections - lucky them - who complain that they can only get max speeds around 135mbps. Those postings are more than a year old.

The other "gotcha" with this router is that the management UI becomes unresponsive - as in, you can't log in to the router to do any configuration work - after it's been running for more than about 24 hours. It still passes traffic, but any attempts to connect to the management UI simply times out after a few minutes. There are forum postings about this problem that date back more than a year. You can't deploy this thing into the field in its current state if you can't remote manage the thing.

So, the first thing I did when I got this router was to update the firmware. The currently shipping firmware DOES NOT fix the above two problems I mentioned. However, if you call the Cisco small biz tech support and describe the problem to them, they will escalate your case and you will be given new, beta firmware that does fix these two problems (you'll have to agree to a beta test contract first).

Other Thoughts: So, overall, the router is usable AFTER you get the newest beta firmware. It's performance is reasonably fast, and configuration is very easy. The VPN connection is very stable. It can be remote managed through https, and it even has a local DNS server inside. I don't use VoIP with this particular router, so I can't vouch for that - I've seen forum posts from users whose VoIP services don't work with this router if both WAN connections are in use.

It's disappointing that a company as big as Cisco doesn't act fast enough to fix long-standing problems and release the fixed firmware officially. But, to their credit, they did FINALLY fix the two most annoying problems - even if they do force you into installing beta software.

I can't vouch for longevity of the router since I've only had it for a few weeks. However, my last RV-series router - a then-Linksys RV0041 - lasted for 8 years. I replaced that RV0041 with this RV042G to get faster throughput for a remote server deployment.

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ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs It overclocks the memory by default 01/11/2013

This review is from: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It has a nice feature set for the price. Plenty of SATA III connections and USB 3.0 connections.

Cons: The board overclocks the memory by default. I initially put in the standard DDR3 1.5v memory modules, and immediately had problems with boot. When I checked the BIOS, I saw that it had set the memory voltage at 1.58v, not 1.5v, and when I tried to adjust it down, I saw that it didn't even give me the option of setting it at 1.5v - 1.58v was the lowest setting available.

Other Thoughts: After trying and failing to install Win7 about 6 different times (it would just crash at various different stages of installation), I finally gave up and got memory that runs at 1.65v. After I made this change, the experience was completely different - everything worked smoothly and exactly as expected. Since the standard DDR3 voltage is 1.5v, I think Asrock made a mistake by not even giving us the option of setting it to that standard voltage. I was ready to throw this board out the window before I decided to try higher voltage memory. For this frustrating experience alone, I dock two eggs - that frustration was completely unnecessary. Asrock: don't cheat, don't over tweak things by default. And, by the way, my first set of memory that I tried to use in this build is fine: I just used it in an Intel CPU build without any problems.

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AMD A10-5800K Trinity Quad-Core 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It was cheaper than the Intel equivalent, with better GPU.

Cons: For a processor that is very likely to be used in a HTPC, they include a heatsink fan that is tiny (70mm) and loud. The RPM never goes below 3,100rpm, with a high-pitched whine.

Other Thoughts: Even though this is installed in a Define R4, a silence oriented case, with case fans running at only 5v, I can hear the high-pitched whine of the heatsink fan with the computer case sitting under the desk. I'm certain that this will drive me nuts soon enough that I'll end up having to replace the heatsink and the fan. The case fans can't be heard at all. This APU is running Win7 64-bit, and the system runs decently enough, but I wouldn't call it fast. I would say that it comes right in at "acceptable," but that's the best I can say about it.

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Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 12/14/07

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  • First Review: 01/11/13
  • Last Review: 10/30/13
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