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Secure Networking for (Really) Small Businesses

Today, Cisco came out with a new wireless VPN firewall specifically designed for the smallest of small businesses. In fact, the router is built for offices with one to five people that need remote access on a secure connection. The new router has what we call “business class” performance without the complexity often found in larger-scale products. Since the Cisco RV110W is designed with the “do-it-yourselfer” in mind, it’s very easy to use, and at $99 it’s affordable, even for extremely small companies.

It’s easy to set up, and requires no IT resources. You just plug it into the network. Partners can put it in place quickly so that you can stay focused on your business and not lose any time. The four-port switch that is integrated into the product lets you connect securely to computers, printers, IP phones, cameras, and other devices.  It works on both Windows and Mac OS-X for remote access to data anytime, anywhere. Also, the high-speed, wireless-N access points give you a faster file transfer time, which increases performance and the coverage area, helping employees to stay productive even if they are not at their desks.

The new firewall offers “QoS”, or Quality of Service, which means that you have the ability to assign different priorities to network traffic you need for your business such as voice, video and data. Think of QoS as what might happen if a presidential motorcade needed to get through traffic. The president’s car, being the most important, gets to go first. The other cars need to wait a bit. It can be set up in the way that is the best for your business. Also, the router supports up to four “virtual” networks, letting you control access to confidential information and set up highly secure wireless guest access for your customers, partners and suppliers.

The new router comes with what’s called “native IPv6 support”, which means that when new applications come out in the future, you won’t need to buy a new, different router to be able to use them.  It is also covered under Cisco’s Investment Protection program, which means if a business already has an older Cisco small business router, they can simply trade it in for the new RV110W. The new router comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

This addition completes Cisco’s small business routing portfolio, which now meets the connectivity needs of every part of the small business market segment. The Cisco RV110W is available today.

If you’d like to find out more about Cisco’s small business routers, visit our routers page.

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  1. Excellent news! I can't wait to tell my customers about these.

  2. I had a look at the administration guide I was not impressed with the “native IPv6 support”. Users *will* need to buy a new different router to be be able to do Dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6. --- Page 44: Fom the IP Mode drop-down menu, choose one of the following options: LAN:IPv4, WAN:IPv4 Choose this option to use IPv4 in the LAN and WAN ports LAN:IPv6, WAN:IPv4 Choose this option to use IPv6 in the LAN ports and IPv4 in the WAN ports. LAN:IPv6, WAN:IPv6 Choose this option to use IPv6 in the LAN and WAN ports. LAN:IPv4+IPv6, WAN IPv4 Choose this option to use IPv4 and IPv6 in the LAN ports and IPv4 in the WAN ports. --- Can't do native dual-stack on both LAN and WAN ! Dual-stack LAN and both protocols on WAN only if tunneling IPv6 over IPv4 on WAN. Page 45: WAN can use DHCPv6 or Static, but not SLAAC ?? --- Page 46: For example, in the 2001:0DB8:AC10:FE01:: IP address, 2001 is the prefix. --- But, no host address part! /16 as prefix length! Prefix lengths are normally /64. --- Page 48: The default IPv6 address for the gateway is fec0::1. --- Site-Local !! Was deprecated years ago. Did you want ULA or link-local addresses ?? Page 53: 6to4 is the only tunnel mode. 6to4 is a *transition* technology, and more experimental than production quality than some others. Also, all transition technologies are by design and by implementation worse than (dual-stack) native IPv6. Multiple Vlans, but not for IPv6? No sign of IPv6 support for either the VPN or Firewall part of the product's name :-( John