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Can anyone recommend a VPN router? Not the RVO42 OR WRV54G

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by decarlod, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. decarlod

    decarlod Network Guru Member

    I am looking for a vpn router that will support some type of software based vpn connection. I have already tried the Linksys RVO42 and the WRV54G and both of them hang on "Verifying Network". I tried upgrading firmware and also following many of the suggestions here at this forum. However, like many I have not been able to make it work so I brought them back. I still need a router that can do this and work with DSL. Can anyone recommend a simple low cost router like the Linksys ones that work? I can even spend a little more if it works. Any constructive input would be appreciated.
  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    The Linksys BEFVP41 will do what you want and it's cheaper than the two models you've already tried :)
  3. decarlod

    decarlod Network Guru Member

    What software would I use with that? Can anyone else comment on this router whether it be negative or positive.

  4. bikeazoid

    bikeazoid Guest

    ive got a jewl for you

    I've used the snapgear box on many of my sites. it uses pptp to connect from client sides to the box. it runs for about 200$, and has no limit on the number of incoming connections to it. its great. Im working with the rv042 right now, and am getting a migrane trying to get the quick vpn client to work with it. I miss my snap gears.

    get them at


    its now cyberguard, but same thing.
  5. wayne0157

    wayne0157 Guest

    Forget the RV042

    I've tried for weeks to get the RV042 auto-failover to actually work in a real-world situation. I have both Comcast cable and SBC DSL connectivity. With Comcast you really do need auto-failover. Yes, the RV042 will auto-failover if you pull the primary WAN's ethernet connection. I've set the RV042 to drop the connection and attempted to use network service detection. But in a real-world failure, provided by Comcast almost weekly, it will not drop the connection. By setting DSL as primary on WAN 2 it also will not switch connections. This is easily tested by disconnecting the cable modem's RF input or the DSL modem's (actually a Zoom 5551A router) RJ-11 phone line. Both connections work great but have to be switched manually using the browser-based administration. Hardly automatic.

    Load balancing on the RV042 is not a realistic work-around as the throughput is decreased by about 1/2.

    The RV042 came with V1.3.1. I've since tried beta 1.3.3 and 1.3.6. Linksys "support" is a bad dream. I'll never buy another Linksys product again and have ordered a Xincom DG503 VPN dual WAN.

    Linksys false advertising and poor product quality should subject them to class-action.

    5/7/05 Update: Received a Xincom DGP503 yesterday from Tech Depot. Paid $238 for it. Works like a champ out of the box! All I had to do was to clone a MAC addr into WAN 1 to satisfy Comcast and I was good to go. Load balancing works great. I didn't realize how poor the RV042's throughput was on my cable connection. Comcast - at least I thought it was Comcast - was delivering download speeds ranging from 3.2-3.5 Mb/s. The same connection through the Xincom box was 4.0-4.1! (With load-balancing on but not with DSL's BW aggregated into the numbers.) There is clearly a speed penalty with the RV042 in addition to its' many other problems. The Xincom is clearly the way to go. The only feature I haven't tested is VPN. My wife will be needing to setup a VPN for her work so I will be able to test-drive that soon. The Xincom also runs a lot cooler: The RV042 is too hot in my opinion.

    Don't even think about buying an RV042 when the Xincom only costs about $40 more.
  6. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Linksys "Easy" Quickvpn Setup Guide

    It's a shame I didn't finish getting these instructions together earlier because I am "using the Hell" out of quickvpn right now. Yep, fellas, the quickvpn utility is the bomb once you figure it all out! Granted, it should have already been done by Linksys, but they were too quick in trying to market it.

    Anyway, the link below will take you to Toxic's "sticky page" where good info and fixes are featured. With some help, I've compiled a "no shit" quickvpn configuration guide that, so far, works with both the WRV54G and RV linksys router models. Linksys didn't show any of us how to communicatie with the router in order to use the vpn features, so a friend and I have done that for you:


    For those of you who're still "toughing it out," here's the peace you've been looking for. If you've gone out and spent more money, oh, well :)
  7. Blackdog44

    Blackdog44 Network Guru Member

    Quick VPN over ISDN

    Yes, I have a connection. over an ISDN line. The WRV54G tells me so. (I had to upgrade to 2.38 to make it happen. So thanks Doc Large for the guidance.)

    So why doen't the client realise that as well?

    The Client is still stuck on "verifying network" and Explorer on the client doesn't see the router that it is supposed to be connected to.

    Which is correct, the router or the client?

    Before the joining the forum I have followed the advice on MTU (auto), checking IPSEC, disabling every level of protection, etc.

    Very new to this and so I may have missed a critical step.

    Help please.

    PS. I have also spent 3 hours plus on the help line to Linksys to get this far. Mainly due to a Zoom X3 modem, which is now in full "Bridge" mode. (Easy when you know how.)
  8. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  9. j10376

    j10376 Guest

    Linksys WRV54G

    Hello To All,
    I am posting in regards to the WRV54G I currently run 23 of these with vPN TO VPN And Software To VPN without any problem. Works with firmware ver 2.37 2.38 and 2.38.6 they work great the only issue with these units is the latency on ping from the outside world. However to get any better ping times I would need to go to a full blown Cisco VPN but as you know this is $$$. I realy don't consider this an issue in my opion because any low cost VPN solution is going to have slower then preferred lantency netgear, and etc. These units work great it is just a config problem if you can not get it to work period.

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