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VPN without QuickVPN

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by ShoNuff, Jan 7, 2006.

  1. ShoNuff

    ShoNuff Network Guru Member

    Can someone provide information on how to setup a VPN tunnel/gateway to my WRV54G using the VPN setup page? Since QuickVPN won't allow me to use my router as a gateway, and I don't want to rely on my computer, I would like to setup a VPN through the router. Some questions I have are:

    1. When using the normal VPN settings, is an userid and password required along with a Pre-shared key? If not, how do I setup Windows XP to use only a Pre-shared key?

    2. The last time I tried setting up a VPN on my router, it crashed so hard that a hard reset was required changing all my settings to default settings. Right now I am using firmware 2.37, but will upgrade to 2.38.6. Is 2.38.6 stable? I am asking, because I had to call my ex-girlfriend to go to my house and reset the router. I bet she did more than that,l such as snooping in my house. I don't want to have to call her again. Also, will this upgrade reset the settings to the default settings also?
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Man, you just can't catch a break, can you? :D

    Well, here's some more bad news... The PPTP function in firmware 2.37 is flawed because in phase I, when you choose MD5, phase II will register "SHA-1" and when you choose "SHA-1" in phase I, phase II will register "disabled." Basically, the algorithms don't sychronize properly making using the pptp server a waste...

    I'm sure you're aware of this but, it "is not" advisable to do a firmware upgrade via remote access; you'd be better off having someone you trust (other than your ex) help you out with this. Use firmware 2.37, 2.37.13, 2.38 or 2.38.6; use "anything" other than 2.37 because this version is trash.

    Oh, you probably already saw the link I put in your other post for configuring a 2003 pptp vpn sever; this might be your best bet unless you want to check out the "quickvpn setup guide" to run down the reasons why you're not getting on with quickvpn...

  3. ShoNuff

    ShoNuff Network Guru Member

    Well, I plan to go ahead and risk upgrading the router to 2.38.6, because it is unacceptable that this router has so many problems. DocLarge Living Large in the UK, can you help me setup a normal VPN tunnel with gateway access? I knew absolutely nothing abou VPNs, and am trying to overcome a huge learning curve. First, I want to know if there are any netizens that are running 2.38.6 without any problems. If so, did 2.38.6 reset all your settings to the default settings?
  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    Now, are you planning on using a third party client? I'd suggest trying the greenbow vpn client. I've used that extensively and it works real well with the wrv54g. It will connect with the PPTP server on the wrv54g as long as you get the parameters straight...

    There are quite a few folks using 2.38.6 because it's a pretty stable beta. Again, no news if there is going to be a 2.38 final release yet...


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