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How many OpenVPN connections?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by rimfire, May 30, 2006.

  1. rimfire

    rimfire Network Guru Member

    A friend of mine has a small business and would like to add VPN support. I have been checking into his options and since I have 2 WRT54GS's running DD-WRT v23 I have been reading about DD-WRT's OpenVPN support.

    The way I see it there are few options:

    1) Implement DD-WRT using it as the OpenVPN server
    2) Purchase a ready made RV0xx Linksys router or similar product.

    He only has about 10 employees, so I would think that only a few VPN connections (5?) would be more than adequate to cover those working from home and those on the road. It just so happens that he is also running Voip at the business so this may be a good oppurtunity to make use of DD-WRT Qos, although he really does not need nor want wireless support at this time.

    So I have a few questions:

    1) Do the Linksys devices perform better than the DD-WRT OpenVPN implemtation?
    2) How many VPN connections does DD-WRT support in server or client mode?
    3) Are there any performance benefits to running DD-WRT as the client or the server (other than requiring another OpenVPN server)?
    4) Does the additional cost ($250) of the Linksys products give you anything over the DD-WRT implemenation other than a pretty software interface?
    5) Am I overlooking some other solution?

    The $250 is really trival to the whole issue, I just want to make sure the solution has good performance.

    Thanks
     
  2. rimfire

    rimfire Network Guru Member

  3. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    latest release 05/30/06 now support multiple connections :thumb:
     
  4. ccbadd

    ccbadd Network Guru Member

    I doubt that the performance of a WRT-54G running multiple VPN connections is worth the hassle. I would recommend using a Linksys WRV200 instead of a WRT-54G. It costs about $70-80, supports 10 QuickVPN connections and QoS is supported. It has a few more features, but you said he did care about wifi, so most of them will be useless to him. Having the QuickVPN clients available is nice, but the RV0? that you mentioned supports QuickVPN also. Here are a couple of links:

    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202505469&loc=101&sp=1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833124071
     

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