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LAN & WAN Reviews

QoS

The 345P supports both priority and bandwidth based QoS. Priority QoS controls can be applied by configurable traffic classes based on source/destination IP, network traffic types such as TCP, UDP, ICMP, HTTP, etc., device and OS type and DSCP codes. WAN Queuing and Policing rules can also be set to manage traffic flows to/from the Internet.

Bandwidth Management rules can be applied for each WAN interface to control upstream and downstream traffic. I set up the below rule to limit my Internet access to 500 Kbps up and down, and then ran a speed test on speedtest.net.

Bandwidth Management

Bandwidth Management
As you can see in the below speedtest.net result, the RV345P effectively limited my 50 Mbps Internet to less then 500 Kbps as configured. Note, however both up and downlink throughput was significantly below the 500 Kbps programmed.

Speed Test

Speed Test

Reporting

The RV345P has numerous status pages for providing insight into traffic flows on the network and to/from the Internet. You can display statistics by by protocol, port, and IP address; packets/bytes sent/received by port; inbound and outbound QoS statistics by WAN port; and application stats as shown in the below screenshot.

Application Statistics

Application Statistics

Routing Performance

Analysis by Tim Higgins

We ran the RV345P through the Revision 10 performance test process with v1.0.01.17 firmware loaded, with the results summarized in the table.

Test Description Cisco RV345P
WAN - LAN Throughput (Mbps) 936
LAN - WAN Throughput (Mbps) 938
HTTP Score - WAN to LAN (%) 54.6
HTTP Score - LAN to WAN (%) 55.0
Bufferbloat Score- Down Avg. 342
Bufferbloat Score- Down Max. 316
Bufferbloat Score- Up Avg. 313
Bufferbloat Score- Up Max. 272
CTF Score (%) 100
Firmware Version v1.0.01.17

There are no previous RV series routers tested with the Revision 10 process. So RV345P's was matched against the Ubiquiti EdgeMAX EdgeRouter Lite. The EdgeRouter Lite is only a three port router designed to be paired with a network switch for additional Ethernet ports and is more challenging to configure than the RV345P. But the EdgeRouter Lite is known for its low price, yet high routing throughput and can be configured as a dual WAN router with many routing options like the RV345P.

The WAN to LAN and LAN to WAN tests at the top of the table are run with a single iperf3 TCP/IP connection and show results just a little shy of the usual 941 Mbps this test shows. For all intents and purposes, however, this test shows the 345P capable of gigabit wire-speed routing.

The WAN to LAN chart shows the Ubiquiti outpacing the Cisco on the smaller filesize tests (A and B), which present more load than the larger filesize tests, where both products do equally well.

HTTP Score comparison - WAN to LAN

HTTP Score comparison - WAN to LAN
Plot key file size: [A] 2 KB, [B] 10 KB, [C] 108 KB and [D] 759 KB file
The LAN to WAN chart shows essentially the same result

HTTP Score comparison - LAN to WAN

HTTP Score comparison - LAN to WAN
Plot key file size: [A] 2 KB, [B] 10 KB, [C] 108 KB and [D] 759 KB file

Our bufferbloat test measures ping variation while simultaneously running iperf3 traffic.Although the 345P comes in at the bottom of the chart, the scores shown represent average latencies of 2.9 ms downlink and 3.2 ms uplink, which are nothing compared to latencies of typical internet connections.

Bufferbloat test

Bufferbloat test

Finally, the Cut Through Forwarding tests look for throughput reduction when various router features are enabled. The 100% result means there was no throughput reduction measured when Application Control, Domain blocking or Content filtering features were enabled.

CTF score

CTF score

Closing Thoughts

The RV345P is a dual-WAN router with ports for two wired and two 3G/4G Internet connections, plus a 16 port managed switch with VLAN and 120 W of PoE power! That's a lot to pack into a relatively compact package. But all this capability comes at a price.

Amazon.com is showing the RV345P for over $425 as I write this. That doesn't include AnyConnect or security feature licenses, neither of which is easy to buy or find pricing on. Cisco needs to address this if it wants to expand its customer base to smaller businesses.

Cisco may also need to look at pricing. If you want to support 25 SSL users and enable security features, your total will be over $700 and likely higher, depending on how good a deal you can find on the RV345P. And remember, you're looking at $300/yr as an ongoing expense.

Item Price (US$)
RV345P $425
Security 1 year $120
AnyConnect (SSL) Server license - 25 users, 1 year $70
AnyConnect (SSL) Client license - 25 users, 1 year $100
Total $715

In contrast, the EdgeRouter Lite used for comparison in the performance section is listed on Amazon for around $100. To get the same amount of Ethernet ports as the RV345P with the EdgeRouter Lite, you'll also need a managed 16 port PoE switch, such as a NETGEAR JGS516PE, which runs about $185 on Amazon.

So the RV345P with router and PoE switch ports in one device is around $425, while an EdgeRouter Lite plus NETGEAR JGS516PE totals around $285, a difference of $140, give or take. If you're only comparing routing and switching, the Ubiquiti and NETGEAR switch are a much cheaper option, but definitely not as easy to configure. More importantly, the RV345P brings dynamic application and web filtering, which you won't find with the EdgeRouter. This filtering capability is a licensed feature, but you can try it for 90 days free.

If you like everything about the Cisco except the price and can also live without PoE, the RV345 would be your choice, for around $285. The security and SSL VPN license fees are the same.

At the end of the day, I found the RV345P quite simple to configure and fully-featured. Its menus are very similar to other Cisco small business network products I've tested and used, such as the Cisco SG200-26 small business switch I've been using in my lab for years. Although there may be cheaper solutions, not many are built into one package and as easy to use as the Cisco RV345P.

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