Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall review: Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall

To make up for that, it's one of the few routers on the market that are IPv6-ready. The new version of Internet protocol promises better security and speed and, most importantly, is future-proofed as the world is now moving on from IPv4, which is running out of addresses.

The RV110W has a comprehensive built-in firewall for controlling the Internet connection. It also supports Quality of Service to prioritize the Internet connection for different types of traffic.

Furthermore, the RV110W offers guest networking, which can be an important feature for a business that wants to enable guests to access the Internet but not allow them to access the business' local resources.

Like most recent routers, the RV110W supports all available wireless encryption, including WPA and WPA2. It also supports restricting access via MAC address. In addition to hosting a VPN network, the router supports VPN pass-through for all existing VPN protocols including IPsec (Internet Protocol security), L2TP, and PPTP, and you can use a connected computer to connect to another VPN network outside of the office.

Performance
In our testing, the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall router performed well for a single-band router.

In the throughput test, it scored 62.6Mbps, making it the second fastest on our chart. At this speed, it can finish transmitting 500MB of data in slightly more than 1 minute. In the range test, when the client was placed 100 feet away from the router, it didn't do as well, at 28.4Mbps, about average among its peers. When used with both Wireless-N and legacy wireless clients at the same time in a close-range test, the router did well at 52Mbps.

We were also happy with the RV110W's range, which was about 280 feet in our testing. Note that a router's range varies a great deal depending on the environment and we found that the RV110W is best used at a range of 100 feet or less. The router passed our 48-hour stress test, during which it transferred a large amount of data between clients, both wireless and wired, and didn't disconnect.

2.4GHz Wireless-N performance (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Mixed mode  
Range  
Throughput  
Cisco Linksys E2000
71.3 
51.3 
74.2 
Cisco RV110W
52 
28.4 
62.6 
Cisco Linksys E1500
44.5 
37.4 
62 
Cisco Linksys E4200
57.6 
46.9 
61.4 
D-Link DIR-825
55.04 
40.4 
57.44 
Belkin N+ Wireless Router
36.16 
29.44 
55.44 
Netgear WNDR3700
41.8 
38.6 
54.8 
LaCie Wireless Space
48.6 
19.8 
53.4 
Cisco Linksys E3000
35.3 
32.8 
43.5 
Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station
35.2 
21.12 
40.6 
Linksys WRT610N
27.04 
28.8 
35.76 
Apple Time Capsule
20 
20.8 
32.2 

Service and support
Cisco backs the RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall router with a lifetime limited warranty. The company also offers three years of small-business support service for an additional cost of $69. Cisco's toll-free phone support is available 24-7, as is online chat with a support representative. The company's Web site offers software, drivers, and firmware downloads, and has a FAQ section.

Conclusion
We liked the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall router's performance and simplicity. The lack of support for dual-band and especially Gigabit Ethernet, however, makes it less than ideal for a business that needs a fast wired network. Nonetheless, it would still be a good choice for a business of five employees or fewer.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun 28, 2011
  • Remote Management Protocol HTTPS
  • Connectivity Technology wireless
  • Weight 9.8 oz