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Is there a basic tutorial on setting up a WRV54G VPN

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by Arthur005, May 13, 2005.

  1. Arthur005

    Arthur005 Network Guru Member

    I have WRV54G S/.N – MEX004907185.

    I’ve tried looking for the very basics on this site but I can’t find them. I’m trying to setup a VPN connection well just to keep this simple I was wondering if someone could walk me through setting up the VPN with quickVPN and maybe another client alnog with the router setup. If there is already a tutorial explaining how to do this could you give me the link to it?

    I have a Motorola sb5100 SURFboard cable modem
    My IPS is Comcast
    Firmware 2.37 (if it need to be changed tell me)

    I’ve look at router world help there is no mention of my router in it from what I could tell.

    Is there a way to test the VPN from a computer directly connected to the router? I have been unable to make a connection to the VPN.

    I know this might be obvious but wouldn't it be help to have a step by step walk through in the LinksysInfo Support Site Forum Index -> WRV54G, RV082, RV042, RV016 global announcements or the stickys. Just the basic for each router if there already is I apologize for being unable to find it. Yes I do realize there can be many different setups I’m just thinking of the easiest for a step by step.

    thank you.
  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    For the QuickVPN client first get onto the router and go to Access Restrictions, VPN Client Access, add a username/password there. Install QuickVPN on a PC, make sure the IPSEC service is enabled and set to startup automatically. Start QuickVPN and enter the username/password you defined earlier plus the routers public ip. Click on connect and hopefully it should work :) It's probably a good idea to update the firmware to 2.37.9, which can be downloaded from this site.
  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    In conjunction to what TAZ has posted, I'll be posting a guide a few folks have helped me compile called the "Absolute Linksys Quickvpn Configuration Guide" in a little bit (just typing out the last bit right now).

    TVOS (whom a lot of folks never attempted to help when he asked for assistance a few months ago) has been the main person I looked up to work with me in getting all the information together to establish a solid quickvpn connection. At this time, he's been connected to my wrv54g via quickvpn from Michigan (I'm in England) for 9 straight hours transferring anything he can find (.wmv movies, mp3's) to test how volatile the connection is. As of yesterday, he's transferred roughly 2GB's of information with no dropouts! TVOS is more than informed now on how to configure the WRV54G to work with quickvpn.

    When I started connecting with the quickvpn client again (after always helping other folks connect) I noticed my tunnels dropping at 3 mins. At first I was thinking hardware followed by my ADSL connection, but it turned out to be my bad habit of changing the MTU setting to "manual" that was most likely the issue. After setting it back to "auto" to include letting the time zone stay at "Pacific Time" (I'll have to verify if that is a solid factor but that's the time setting I currently have) quickvpn is the application it's supposed to be! All shared directories are visible upon connection (depending upon your broadband connection, speeds may vary).

    It's some bullshit it took 4+ months to get to this point but TVOS and I are able to now connect/host consistently with the wrv54g/quickvpn combination.

    Again, standby, and I'll post a configuration guide that all of us early WRV54G users have collaborated on to make easier...

    To all of you who went out and bought D-Link, you might want to go an get your WRV back...

  4. Arthur005

    Arthur005 Network Guru Member

    I can't ping WAN address

    Would not being able to ping the WAN address from my ISP be a problem setting up a VPN? I think it should matter as long as you know what it is. I thought I’d ask just to make sure.

    The IP address from my IPS is the public IP address right? I've setup a username and password. Typed them in the quickVPN with my wan IP as the IP address. It gives me this message “Failed to establish a connection this could be caused by one of the following:
    1. Icorrect Password – the password is right
    2. No valid IP for the network card – I can get online
    3. incorrect server address – should this be an IP I’ve defined
    4. you may need to disable your windows firewall – disable all firewalls same message

    I have IPsec pass-through enabled along with PPTP, L2TP. I have PSK enabled should a disable it? Does the local secure group used with quickVPN?
  5. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Alright Art,

    let's just go ahead and handle this right here (I'll post the guide later).

    Firstoff, quickvpn "does not" rely on the 50 vpn tunnels that the wrv comes with to establish a vpn connection. The 50 inherent tunnels that come with the wrv54g are designed to work with “third party vpn clients†(ssh sentinel, logmein, greenbow, etc…) Quickvpn is "self contained," meaning it possesses all of the functionality to make a vpn connection once you load it onto your computer.

    So, let's try a few things. We're going to set your wrv up with the "exact" same settings mine has to establish a baseline because with these settings, I've got a vpn connection running with a download as we speak.

    Let's look at three particular pages on your router that affect quickvpn functionality:

    1) Setup Page

    Internet Connection Type: Automatic Configuration (DHCP)

    MTU: Auto

    DHCP Server: Disable

    Time Setting: GMT-8:00 Pacific Time (USA& Canada)

    NOTE: Synchronizing everything is the key. I've got a suspicion quickvpn is synchronized for the above time zone but that's just speculation at this point.

    2) Security ---> VPN Page

    Ipsec: Enable
    PPTP: Enable
    L2TP: Disable

    NOTE: This goes away from previous advice I’ve given but we’re trying something new. People were able to connect before, so this slight change really shouldn’t alter that much.

    Remaining settngs should be disabled

    3) Access Restrictions:

    - Start off by using a simple name and password combination such as

    username: test
    password: tester

    4) Apps & Gaming

    "NO" vpn port forwarding settings of any kind (500, 1701, 1723, etc...) are required for quickvpn to work. It establishes its own tunnel.


    - Try using firmware 2.38 (I'm running it now). You can download it from this site

    - SNMP & UPNP are disabled.

    On Your Computer:

    - Make sure the ipsec service under settings is started (like Taz stated)

    - "DO NOT" have any other vpn application "LOADED" on your machine other than quickvpn; even if you have another vpn application loaded and its process is shut off in the back ground, quickvpn still "will--not--run" if it's loaded

    - Disable any firewall that you currently have running (again, we're establishing a baseline). I use Norton Internet Security 2003 and can connect to TVOS's vpn segment with my firewall up so you might want to consider a new firewall in the event you can't connect with xp sp2 firewall running

    - Copy and paste this link into your browser to get your WAN IP address if you don’t know it for sure (http://remote.12dt.com/rns/)

    - Most importantly, you "CANNOT" test vpn while on the same segment, meaning, if you're trying to test quickvpn while sitting in your house, it's already a doomed process. Try going to a friends house or an internet cafe (if you have a laptop).

    Give this a try. Both TVOS and I have this configuration on the pages that I've mentioned and we're both able to connect via quickvpn with full functionality.

    Connection speed is going to be based on your broadband connection.

  6. Arthur005

    Arthur005 Network Guru Member

    Ok I got everything your saying but enabling IPSec on my computer where is that feature? I’m running Windows XP home.

    Start>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Administrative Tools>Services
    found it is there any settings other then changing startup to auto?
  7. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Nope, but you will need to either reboot the PC or manually start it to get it going the first time ;)
  8. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    I'm sure that wasn't intentional :roll:
  9. Arthur005

    Arthur005 Network Guru Member

    Hangs on Verifying network.

    I get a connection for 1 to 2 min hangs on verifying network and then disconnects. Is there something you might need to do on the client end computer? I know that the computer that is trying to connect is using IPX for their network protocol. Is there any need to have the same workgroup? Should I start trying to decrease my MTU setting? The client is trying to connect behind a BEFW11S4 Linksys router. I’ve seen on the Linksys support page that there are connection problem to VPN and they suggests changing the routers IP address and I have already changed my router IP address a while ago. Here is the page.

    http://www.linksys.com/support/top10faqs/BEFw11s4/Connection problem
  10. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Yes there is something you have to do on the client computer trying to connect (now that you've broadened the scenario). In my last post, there was a section I entitled "On Your Computer" because I thought you were trying to connect to your router from a different location. However, if it's someone else trying to connect, then yes, they need to do the things I mentioned previously.

    Here it is again. If need be, forward this entire post to your distant end folks so this can help them get configured on their end. Now, if you're a tech who's trying to get this party started (and don't want them to know you're working out the ends and odds), then we'd better get things cracking before they get suspicious :) :)

    ON THE CLIENT COMPUTER <----- (A little more direct):

    - Make sure the ipsec service under settings is started (like Taz stated)

    - "DO NOT" have any other vpn application "LOADED" on your machine other than quickvpn; even if you have another vpn application loaded and its process is shut off in the back ground, quickvpn still "will--not--run" if it's loaded

    - Disable any firewall that you currently have running (again, we're establishing a baseline). I use Norton Internet Security 2003 and can connect to TVOS's vpn segment with my firewall up so you might want to consider a new firewall in the event you can't connect with xp sp2 firewall running.

    - Copy and paste this link into your browser to get your WAN IP address if you don’t know it for sure (http://remote.12dt.com/rns/)

    Here's one more thing. Copy and paste this link into your browser (http://www.dslreports.com/drtcp) This application will allow you to adjust the MTU setting of your NIC "on the fly." Make your MTU setting "On The Client" 1458.

    Everything you are reading right now needs to be done "On The Client Machine."

    If you're still having problems, email me at cyberpsych1@gmail.com

  11. Arthur005

    Arthur005 Network Guru Member


    I had to disable all my firewalls but after that it work just fine. What port(s) do I need to open so I can keep my firewall running? The speed seems to be at 31.84KB/s.

    Thanks for the help and sorry about that misunderstanding my fault.
  12. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Ahhh, so you're connected now? Good...

    What you can try to do is create a rule in your firewall that allows the "application" access through, in this case, quickvpn (Norton Internet Security 2003 allows you to specify a "program" or a "port" for access through the firewall).

    Ideally, if you create a "port," create a rule to allow either tcp port 443 or udp port 500 (or both) access through the firewall. Once a new rule is created, move it towards the top of the list because firewall rules are prioritized from "top to bottom."

    Welcome to quickvpn connectivity...



    stand by on a tutorial (I'm putting one together...)
  13. Kehfera

    Kehfera Network Guru Member


    That document you were typing... are you done yet? Enquiring minds want to know...

    Thanks for all the input. I am not yet up an running on the WRV54G yet but I think with your document it will work. I am working on a business where I must travel 2 hours to get to in order to make the darn thing work (stronger words are really more descriptive of my frustration at the moment). I have spent a month trying to get this to work with LINKSYS and now they say it will not work the way I want it to. Router as ENDPOINT. Laptop as client to connect from any internet connection. MMmmm.

    Back to the drawing board with all the comments made.

  14. sfazzina

    sfazzina Guest

    Are ypu trying to tell me......

    Are ypu trying to tell me......

    that if I have Nortel's Conectivity client installed ( i hve this for work ) that QuickVPN wont work?

    i had it working and i was conneting fine with my mac using vpn tracker using group vpn, now i have sold the mac and i have a compaq r4000 and quickvpn wont work.

    any suggestions?

    i get the stanard "bla bla no response " after the "verify network" comes up.
    i have a rv042 @ home.

    i am ready to pull it out and put th WRT54G back with port fwd'ing. LOL

  15. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    I'd keep a MAC before buying a compaq :rofl:

    *Sniff* *Sniff* I'm just playing...

    In all seriousness, yes, having another vpn client that's listening on 443 and 500 will cause quickvpn to hang. "Them's the rules (vpn rules that is):

    http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=5173 (Quickvpn Setup Guide)

    http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=5911 (Quickvpn Won't Connect?)

    In case you haven't seen these two docs, this should clarify one or two things. Being that you've been connected before, I'd look at the last change you made prior to quickvpn "not working." If it truly is your nortel vpn client, try turning it off in task manager first. If that works, great, if not, you might have to uninstall it completely.


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