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VPN PassThrough on WAG54G

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by jstegmann, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. jstegmann

    jstegmann Network Guru Member

    I just got the WAG54G and it seems to work fine - except for one thing...

    I use both a desktop (Wired) and a laptop (Wireless-G) computer to connect to a VPN Windows server at my workplace. The problem is that I can't establish a VPN connection from both computers at the same time :(
    Works fine one at a time (although I must wait a period of time between using one after the other - it seems that the router has to release the passthrough channel or something...)

    I used to have a 3COM router and no it had no difficulty handling multiple connections...

    Has anyone got any idea about this?? Please help... :roll:

    JS.
     
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It sounds like you have bandwith issues... Do you have some way of controlling how bandwith is distributed because it sounds like you could benefit from a QOS managment tool.
     
  3. Ian_H

    Ian_H Network Guru Member

    I have tested a similar configuration myself .. BUT I used 2 laptops from home (both wireless) and used VPN on both to connect to work but i used different logon accounts.

    It may be a restriction on your Office VPN?
     
  4. jstegmann

    jstegmann Network Guru Member

    DocLarge,
    I don't think bandwidth is the issue - I'm connected with 2048/256 MBits. Also, everything else works perfectly when using multiple pc's (file download, mail etc.).

    Ian_H,
    I am using the same dial-in account from both computers, but that has never been an issue before on other routers. The funny thing is that I can establish two simultaneous VPN connections from a single computer using the same username/password.

    The way I see it, the problem is the way the Linksys router handles the VPN packages. It seems that once the first computer establishes a connection, everything is routed to that computer. So when a second computer tries to establish a connecting, all packages from the VPN server are routed to the first computer rather than the second that actually requested the VPN packages.

    I have Linksys support working on the problem - I'll let you know how it works out.

    Thanks for the suggestions!

    JS.
     
  5. tuannd

    tuannd Network Guru Member

    I have tested QuickVPN client with some Broadband Routers to connect to RV016 firmware 2.0.1 and found that

    Most Routers just able to allow only one VPN Passthrough connections (Such WRT54G, WRT54GS, Belkin Wireless Router ...

    The BEFVP41 and BEFSX41 able to allow more than one VPN Passthrough connections but when there more than 01 VPN passthrough connections, these connections seem to be not stable, and often have disconnection issue, the VPN link disconnect after 3-> minutes

    When there is just one VPN passthrough connection -> the connection was stable.
     
  6. jstegmann

    jstegmann Network Guru Member

    I've previously used both 3COM and ZyXEL routers, and both were able to handle multiple client connections. As I described earlier that holds true for the Linksys as well - just as long the clients are running in the same computer. The trouble only starts when trying to connect a client from an additional computer.

    I talked to Linksys support earlier this week, and they agree that it must be some sort of error. They have promised to have a VPN specialist call me back - so I'm still hopeful :)

    JS.
     
  7. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    So, uh, what did the Linksys VPN specialist have to say?

    *SNICKER* Look, man, no offense (and I really mean that), but I don't think too many people have "EVER" had "ANYONE" from Linksys call back much less answer a problem over the phone, but they told you a VPN specialist would call you back????!?!?!?

    Dude, hook me up!! Where did you get the inside track on that because I've got a cussing out for this guy that has his name all over it!!!!
     
  8. jstegmann

    jstegmann Network Guru Member

    Well, actually I've talked to a guy from their support twice - he was quite helpful. However, their so-called VPN expert has stood me up so far. No surprise there, I guess :)

    So, having waited quite some time I contacted the first guy againg, and he's presently trying to figure out something. He send me this link:
    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/support/linksys_router_help_pg3.htm#Problems]

    ...but I'm slightly worried that Linksys support is relying on Google and support webs... :roll:

    On the page it's stated that it's a normal limitation that several clients cannot connect to the same vpn server. If that's the case with Linksys products: buy 3COM...!

    I'm still hopeful, though - I guess that just proves that the line between being an optimist and an idiot is really thin... :D

    Cheers,

    JS.
     

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