Review: Cisco RV220W Wireless-N Network Security Firewall - Page 3

By Sean Michael Kerner

April 26, 2011

RV220W Security Capabilities

Security also gets a boost in the RV220W by way the inclusion of Cisco's ProtectLink Web subscription based security service, using Trend Micro technology. What it provides is access to Trend Micro's web reputation service that checks web requests and ensures that users are only going to reputable, (i.e. trustworthy) websites. The service also provides URL filtering capabilities to block out different classes of website content, with time of day and week scheduling options for when the filtering policies should be enforced. One of the interesting categories that ProtectLink has is one called Computer/Harmful which filters out sites with potentially malicious software as well as proxy avoidance sites.

You don't necessarily have to pay for the ProtectLink service to block URLs. There is also an integrated (non-subscription) feature on the RV220W for users to specify their own blocked URL list (though it's not going to be as complete or up-to-date as the dynamic one from Trend Micro and does not include scheduling options).

The Cisco RV220W's URL Filtering with ProtectLink

RV220W IPv6 Capabilities

As is the case with the RV120W, the RV220W has support for both IPv4 and IPv6, including the ability to tunnel IPv6 over IPv4. The router has the ability to support two different types of DHCPv6 settings, including both stateless and stateful address auto configuration.

The Cisco RV220W's IPv6 configuration screen

The Bottom Line

The Cisco RV220W will likely appeal to small business users that need more power than what Cisco's RV120W provides. The step-up to Gigabit Ethernet and the more powerful radio antennas are nice additions. That said, the fact that is device isn't simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi router could be a deal breaker for those who need the flexibility of both bands.

The Cisco ProtectLink Web service is an interesting addition on the security side, but it's not a full IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) which is what would push the RV220W into more of a Unified Threat Management (UTM) category for security protection.

That said, the SSL VPN on the RV220W could be reason enough to consider this device. IPsec VPNs aren't that difficult to use, though the need to have the IPsec client installed and configured does add time and complexity. The SSL VPN provides additional flexibility and control for remote network connectivity. With the SSL VPN, the network, or any part of it can be opened up to remote worker or even a business partner, rapidly.

Though not without its quirks, overall, the RV220W is another solid router offering in the small business space from Cisco.

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