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Reliable business-class multifunction router that evolves with your business needs

Figure 1.      Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router (Front Panel)


   Affordable, high-performance Gigabit Ethernet ports enable large files and multiple users

   Versatile device can function either as a wireless router, wireless bridge, or wireless repeater

   Wireless-N access point provides highly secure untethered connectivity

   IP Security (IPsec) site-to-site VPN helps enables secure connectivity for remote employees and multiple offices

   Built-in secure policy index (SPI) firewall, robust authentication, and access control safeguard sensitive business data

   Easy to set up and use with wizard-based configuration

In a dynamic business environment, your network needs to be more powerful, flexible, and accessible than ever. Your employees need the ability to stay connected to the people and services they need – inside and outside the office. And your network needs the agility to meet constantly changing business needs.

The Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router delivers highly secure broadband connectivity, high-speed wireless networking, and remote access for multiple offices and remote workers. Built for maximum flexibility, it delivers a comprehensive combination of business-class features and ease of use in a scalable solution that is priced for small businesses.

The Cisco RV180W features a built-in 4-port Gigabit Ethernet managed switch that lets you connect network devices and transfer files and data at high speed, providing the power and performance you need to keep multiple employees productive. Intelligent quality of service (QoS) features let you prioritize network traffic to keep critical network applications like voice and video running at their best.

To provide untethered connectivity to employees throughout the office, the Cisco RV180W also includes support for wireless-N technology. This multifunction device can serve either as a wireless router, wireless access point, wireless bridge, or repeater, providing investment protection and flexibility when business needs change. You can get started using the RV180W in the way that best meets your needs, then change modes, and repurpose the solution as your business and network grow, resulting in maximum return on your technology investment.

For employees who need to connect from home, on the road, or from remote offices, the Cisco RV180W features integrated enterprise-class encryption and authentication, including support for IPsec and Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) VPN client connections and IPsec gateway-to-gateway VPN tunnels. Advanced virtual network support lets you set up wireless guest access hotspots to provide highly secure connectivity to clients and visitors.

Easy to set up and use right out of the box, both solutions feature simple wizard-based configuration to get you up and running in minutes.

The Cisco RV180W VPN Router is a cost-effective way to provide business-class performance, security, and reliability your employees need today, with the flexibility to change as your business evolves.

Figure 2.      Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router (Back Panel)

Figure 3.      Typical Configuration for Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router



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

   Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) support provides enhanced wireless throughput and coverage

   Client bridge mode lets you expand your network by connecting your secure wireless connection to a second Ethernet network – without cabling and installation

   IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunneling support lets you extend highly secure network connectivity to remote offices and users using advanced encryption and authentication

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

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

   Secure guest access helps enable safe wireless connectivity for visitors

   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

Table 1 lists the specifications of the Cisco RV180W VPN Router.

Table 1.       Specifications




IEEE 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.3, 802.3u, 802.1D, 802.1p, 802.11e, 802.11w (Rapid Spanning Tree) 802.1X (security authentication), 802.1Q (VLAN), 802.11i (Wi-Fi Protected Access [WPA2] security), 802.11e (wireless QoS), IPv4 (RFC 791), IPv6 (RFC 2460), Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1 (RFC 1058), RIP v2 (RFC 1723)




Power button (on/off)



Cabling Type

Category 5e or better


Power, WPS, WAN, wireless, LAN (ports 1–4), Additional LEDs for multifunction router, access point, bridge on RV180W

Operating System



Network Protocols

  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)
  Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation (PAT)
  One-to-One NAT
  Port management
  Software configurable DMZ to any LAN IP address
  Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Application Layer Gateways (ALG)


  Four (4) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit LAN ports with managed switch


  One (1) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit WAN port


  Built-in high-speed 802.11n wireless access point

Routing Protocols

  Static routing
  Dynamic routing
   RIP v1 and v2
  Inter-VLAN routing

Network Address Translation (NAT)

Port Address Translation (PAT), Network Address Port Translation (NAPT)  protocol

VLAN Support

Port-based and 802.1Q tag-based VLANs

Number of VLANs

4 active VLANs (3-4096 range)


  Dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6
  6to4 tunneling
  Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) for IPv6 (RFC2710)
  Stateless address auto-configuration
  DHCPv6 Server for IPv6 Clients on LAN
  DHCP v6 client for WAN connectivity
  Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) v6
  Static IPv6 Routing
  Dynamic IPv6 Routing with RIPng

Network Edge (DMZ)

Software configurable to any LAN IP address

Layer 2

802.1Q-based VLANS, 4 active VLANS



Stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall, port forwarding and triggering, denial-of-service (DoS) prevention, software-based DMZ

DoS Attacks Prevented:

SYN Flood Detect Rate (max/sec)

Echo Storm (ping pkts/sec)

ICMP Flood (ICMP pkts/sec)

Block UDP Flood

Block TCP Flood

Block Java, Cookies, Active-C, HTTP Proxy

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


Wi-Fi Protected Setup

Certificate Management

Self-signed SSL certificate, import/export certificate using Privacy-Enhanced Mail (PEM) format

User Privileges

2 levels of access: admin and guest



10 gateway-to-gateway IPSec tunnels


10 Quick VPN tunnels using Cisco QuickVPN client


10 PPTP tunnels for remote client access


Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES)



VPN Pass-through

IPsec/PPTP/Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) pass-through

Quality of Service


  802.1p port-based priority on LAN port, application-based priority on WAN port
  4 queues
  Differentiated Services Code Point support (DSCP)
  Class of Service (CoS)
  Bandwidth Management for service prioritization

Jumbo Frame

Supports Jumbo Frame on Gigabit ports – at least 1536B


NAT Throughput

800 Mbps

Concurrent Sessions


IPsec VPN Throughput

50 Mbps


Web User Interface

Simple, browser-based configuration (HTTP/HTTPS)


Management Protocols

Web browser, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v3, Bonjour, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)

Event Logging

Local, syslog, email alerts

Network Diagnostics

Ping, Traceroute, and DNS Lookup


Firmware upgradable through web browser, imported/exported configuration file

System Time

Supports NTP, Day Light Savings, Manual entry


GUI supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese


Radio and modulation type

802.11b: direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS), 802.11g: orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), 802.11n: OFDM


2.4GHz IEEE 802.11n standard-based access point with 802.11b/g compatibility

Operating channels

11 North America, 13 most of Europe, auto channels selection

Wireless isolation

Wireless isolation between clients

External antennas

2 fixed antennas

Antenna gain in dBi

1.8 dBi

Transmit power

802.11b: 17 dBm +/- 1.5 dBm; 802.11g: 15 dBm +/- 1.5 dBm; 802.11n: 12.5 dBm +/- 1.5 dBm

Receiver sensitivity

-87 dBm at 11 Mbps, -71 dBm at 54 Mbps, -68 dBm at mcs15, HT20, -66 dBm at mcs15, HT40 

Radio Frequency

Single-band, works on 2.4GHz

Wireless Domain Service (WDS)

Allows wireless signals to be repeated by up to 3 compatible devices

Operating Modes

Multifunction device-wireless router, access point mode with WDS, Point-to-Point Bridge mode with WDS, Point-Multi Point Bridge mode with WDS, Repeater mode with WDS

Active WLAN clients

Recommended 10 concurrent client (max 16) in wireless router mode; and 20 concurrent client (max32) in wireless Access Point mode

Multiple SSIDs

Supports multiple Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs), up to 4 separate virtual networks

Wireless VLAN map

Supports SSID to VLAN mapping with wireless client isolation

WLAN security

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), WPA, WPA2-PSK, WPA2-ENT, 802.11i

Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)

WMM with QoS (802.1e), WMM power save (WMM-PS)



12V 1A


FCC class B, CE, IC, Wi-Fi

Operating temperature

to 40°C (32° to 104°F)

Storage temperature

–20° to 70°C (–4° to 15F)

Operating humidity

10 to 85 percent noncondensing

Storage humidity

5 to 90 percent noncondensing

Table 2.       Ordering Information

Part Number

Product Name


Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router


Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router


Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router


Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router


Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router


Cisco RV180W Multifunction VPN Router

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