Best VPN routers for small business

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Head-to-head

We looked at six VPN routers designed for small businesses, ranging from the popular Cisco brand to lesser-known names like DrayTek and UTT Technologies. We setup and evaluated each to determine how they compare in regards to price, features, and user-friendliness. If you’re look for an IPSec VPN, consider those that provide a way to simplify configuration, such as the Cisco, Linksys or Netgear units. If you’re looking for a wide variety of VPN options, consider D-Link. If you’re looking for an inexpensive option, consider UTT Technologies. And if you’re looking for unique features, consider the DrayTek unit, or their other models with integrated Wi-Fi, fiber, or VoIP support.

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Cisco RV325

Cisco RV325

The Cisco RV325 is a Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router with a list price of $468, but it can be found online for less than $300. It is the top model from Cisco’s small business RV VPN router series. This unit supports up to 50 IPSec tunnels, with an advertised IPSec throughput of around 100Mbps. The PPTP and SSL VPN servers both support up to 10 simultaneous client-to-site tunnels each. This unit supports the Cisco Easy VPN solution that simplifies the configuration of remote users. However, the only site-to-site VPN option is IPSec. It would be nice to see other options, as IPSec is never the simplest to configure. Overall, we found the GUI to be simple and straightforward. This is a solid unit with the most common VPN router features and functionality.

D-Link DSR-250

D-Link DSR-250

The D-Link DSR-250 is an eight-port Gigabit VPN router with a list price of $189.99, but can be found online for around $115. This model supports six VPN types, and up to 25 simultaneous site-to-site or client-to-site IPSec connections with a max throughput of around 50Mbps. The SSL VPN supports up to five tunnels. Also included is a server and client for both PPTP and L2TP VPN connections, supporting up to 25 tunnels. An OpenVPN server and client supports up to five tunnels. Overall, this is a feature-rich router. It supports a wide variety of VPN options, offers USB file and printer sharing, and supports dynamic web content filtering.

DrayTek Vigor2925

DrayTek Vigor2925

The DrayTek Vigor2925, priced at $288, is a dual-WAN Gigabit VPN router offering five switch ports. This unit supports up to 50 concurrent VPN tunnels via site-to-site or client-to-site with IPSec, PPTP, or L2TP. IPSec tunnels are rating at 50Mbps for throughput. The SSL VPN server supports up to 25 client-to-site tunnels. We found this DrayTek unit to be feature-rich, supporting all the major VPN solutions except OpenVPN. In addition to the features typically found in VPN routers, it includes dynamic web filtering, central VPN and wireless AP management, and FTP access for the USB-based file sharing. It also has support for temperature monitoring via a USB sensor.

Linksys LRT224

Linksys LRT224

The Linksys LRT224 is a Gigabit four-port dual-WAN VPN router with a list price of $249.99, but is available online for around $175. This unit supports up to 45 IPSec tunnels, either site-to-site or client-to-site, with a max throughput of 110Mbps. The PPTP-based VPN server supports up to five concurrent users. The OpenVPN server supports up to five incoming client-to-site tunnels and the OpenVPN client allows you to perform a site-to-site connection. This is a solid choice for those wanting IPSec VPN, as they advertise the highest throughout and offer simplified configuration. However, it provides no browser-based SSL VPN functionality and the max amount of PPTP VPN tunnels is only five.

Netgear FVS336G

Netgear FVS336G

The Netgear FVS336G is a dual-WAN VPN server that has a list price of $425, but can be found online for around $230. This model supports up to 25 IPSec site-to-site or client-to-site tunnels, with an advertised max throughout of 78Mbps. The SSL VPN server supports up to 10 tunnels and the PPTP and L2TP VPN servers support up to 25 users. We found this to be an average VPN router without any bells or whistles, although Netgear provides a IPSec VPN client program for simplified client deployment. The unit lacks client support of PPTP and L2TP, making IPSec the only way to join the unit to perform site-to-site connections. We also felt this unit could use some improvements to the user-friendliness of the GUI.

UTT Technologies HiPER 518

UTT Technologies HiPER 518

The HiPER 518 has a list price of $69.99, but is currently selling for $59.99. This unit supports up to five concurrent IPSec VPN site-to-site and/or client-to-site tunnels, with an advertised throughput rating of only 15Mbps. The only other VPN support is the PPTP server and client, supporting up to five concurrent users. Although the look and design of the web GUI is very basic and simplistic, it is still user-friendly. We found this UTT unit to be fairly unique, with a PPPoE server and web authentication. However, it lacks support for some common features, such as SSL VPN and VLANs. Keep in mind though that other models from UTT support VLANs along with additional functionality.

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Comparing the routers

All the routers have IPSec and PPTP VPN servers and all but two (the Linksys and UTT units) have a SSL VPN server to allow clients access via a web browser. All the routers support both site-to-site and client-to-site tunnels for IPSec, while many of the routers only support client-to-site for some or all of the other VPN protocols. Each router provides some type of WAN load balancing and failover via either a second WAN port and/or by supporting 3G or 4G wireless USB adapters. All but one (the UTT Technologies unit) provide VLAN tagging support. Two of the routers (the D-Link and DrayTek) also provide simple file and printer sharing via their USB ports.