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WRV54G Remote Management

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by cmosuffolk, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. cmosuffolk

    cmosuffolk Network Guru Member

    I have enabled Remote Management on my WRV54G router. Now I need to know how to do it. Do you just enter the ip address of the router or is there something I am missing?
     
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Let's say that the ip address your ISP provided you with is 56.34.44.66 and you opened port 8080 for remote management.

    If you happened to be at an internet cafe or some else's house and wanted to hit your router, you'd type the following:

    http://56.34.44.66:8080

    From here, enter your information as you normally would and you'll then have remote access to your router.

    Doc
     
  3. cmosuffolk

    cmosuffolk Network Guru Member

    I don't have a static IP from my ISP. I thought I would use the address assigneed to the router followed by the 8080. Is that not true?
     
  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It's not required you have a static ip in order to access your remote management. It's probable the your ip assigned to you is done through windows dhcp reservation. This means as long as your cable/xdsl modem is connected, the ip address you're assigned is yours. The only minor thing you'd need to consider is if your ISP does IP refresh and you're current IP gets reassigned to someone else.

    The standard way of remoting back into your router is the format I described in my previous post, which requires you to use the public IP assigned to you by your ISP (them's the rules :) ) Another way to remote back into your router is to enter the private IP address you use to connect to your router at home "after you've established a vpn connection."

    Basically, when you connect to your LAN via quickvpn, you can "then" enter your private ip address for your wrv54g and access the remote management console. The reason it will also work in this fashion is because you are now attached to your own network segment via vpn.

    Doc
     
  5. bulletspunge

    bulletspunge Network Guru Member

    Hope this helps....

    Not sure which firmware you are using...but if you have the option I would use SSL for remote management. This option is given when you upgrade the router to firmware 2.38.6 and I believe it is also in the 2.38 release. Caution: 2.38.6 and 2.38 are both BETA, so they aren't supported by Linksys.

    What you will want to do is setup an account at Dyndns.org and register a Dynamic DNS entry.
    Ex. : yournamehere.homeftp.net
    Once you do the steps below your IP can change and the router will update you account with the DNS service.

    Setting up DDNS on your WRV54G
    1. Go to Setup, then to DDNS
    2. Select DynDNS.org or the service provider you made a login with
    3. Enter username - this will be the account name you created on DynDNS, TZO or PeanutHull
    4. Enter the password for you account
    5. Enter in the host name you created
    Ex. : yournamehere.homeftp.net
    Homeftp is one of the optional domains to be hosted under
    6. Save settings
    7. If you setup it correctly and it can authenticate the Status will show "DDNS is enabled"

    Browsing to you router
    1. It depends on what you setup the connection to use, you can verify which port your using by going to the Administration page on your router
    2. On this page there will be a section for Remote Management, make sure it is enabled.
    3. Select your management port.
    4. Save settings
    5. Test it from outside your network-
    Using port 8080: http://yournamehere.homeftp.net:8080
    Using port 443(SSL) : https://yournamehere.homeftp.net

    Please post any questions you may have.

    /Louie
     
  6. cmosuffolk

    cmosuffolk Network Guru Member

    OK, with that being said. What would be my addrees to enter into Quickvpn? The "WAN" address or the router address?

    Thanx for all of your help. This is all kinda new to me.

    Jerry
     
  7. bulletspunge

    bulletspunge Network Guru Member

    Jerry,

    If you have the router DNS setup, you can just use:
    yournamehere.homeftp.net
    or use your WAN ip address which is shown on the Status page

    As you were saying in your post you don't have a static IP, so I would rely on the DNS entry of your router

    Louie
     
  8. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    As bulletsponge said, you can use either your dynamic dns name or your WAN address (ip provided by your ISP.

    Doc
     
  9. cmosuffolk

    cmosuffolk Network Guru Member

    Alright. I have setup an account with DynDNS.com and have a host name. I tested the 443 port and it is able to accept connections. Is it possible to test the VPN connection from inside of my home network?
     
  10. bulletspunge

    bulletspunge Network Guru Member

    Jerry,
    Glad to hear you have the remote managment working now. In order to test your VPN setup I would recommend testing using a PC behind another router that is setup to allow VPN passthrough. I always use my neighbor's wireless connection for testing, since he is cool with it. If you have a nice neighbor that will let you borrow their connection, it would be easier to troubleshoot since you are able to work the issue from both sides.

    Good Luck!
    Louie
     
  11. cmosuffolk

    cmosuffolk Network Guru Member

    Alright. I tried to connect to my home network from my office. I get "Activating Policy..." for a minute or two. Then I get "The remote gateway is not responding. You will now be disconnected, please try again later." Could this be due to being on the inside of a corporate network or is there something wrong with the router configuration?

    Thanx again,

    You guys have been a great help,

    Jerry

    P.S. - my wget_error follows:

    --14:14:28-- https://jerrykeel:*password*@cmosuf....htm?version=1?IP=10.110.9.198?USER=jerrykeel
    => `C://Program Files//Linksys//Linksys VPN Client//vpnserver.conf'
    Resolving cmosuffolk.gotdns.com... 141.152.181.245
    Connecting to cmosuffolk.gotdns.com[141.152.181.245]:443... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: unspecified

    0K 150.39 KB/s

    14:14:32 (150.39 KB/s) - `C://Program Files//Linksys//Linksys VPN Client//vpnserver.conf' saved [154]
     
  12. bulletspunge

    bulletspunge Network Guru Member

    It could be due to the Corporate Network, we have access lists at my work that only VPN to certain addresses. The symptoms you are getting are the same as mine at when I try from work.

    You can try you connection from an internet cafe or hotspot if you are unable to test anywhere else. From my experiences these connections aren't blocking much of anything.

    Louie
     
  13. cmosuffolk

    cmosuffolk Network Guru Member

    Alright!! I can remotely manage my router now. I can connect to the network, but I cannot browse the workgroup. What is wrong now. This is getting frustrating!!!
     
  14. cmosuffolk

    cmosuffolk Network Guru Member

    OK, all is working now. I had IPSEC Passthru disabled. I enabled it and I have opened files from my home pc, edited it and saved it. This is a great tool so far. I was able to stay connected for about an hour before I needed to disconnect. I will try longer sessions later.

    Again, THANK YOU ALL for your help.

    Jerry
     
  15. iloyola

    iloyola Network Guru Member

    remote management

    Hi all!
    I'm having difficulties with remote management. I have Qwest DSL with an Actiontec GT701-WG at home and office. At home, I have a linksys WRT54G and at the office I have a Linksys WRV54G. I'm using dyndns.org for my dynamic ip addresses. I'm able to remotely connect to the Actiontec, but not the Linksys WRT54G or WRV54G. My home network ip address is set to 192.168.x.x and office is set to 10.96.x.x.
    What am I not doing?
    Also, I'm having difficulties with the QuickVPN. I've followed the instructions given by DocLarge, but still am unable to connect.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!
    Thanks in advance
     
  16. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Alrighty then...

    What's your basic network setup in a diagram? I would try to throw something together based on your description but there might be something in your configuration that you are aware of, thus, making my drawing useless :)

    Is the actiontec a combination modem/router?

    Doc
     
  17. iloyola

    iloyola Network Guru Member

    At office: DSL connection in to wan port on Actiontec GT701-WG. (It is a dsl modem/4 port wireless router.)
    WAN ip address 63.x.x.x
    Lan ip address 192.168.0.1

    Ethernet port on Actiontec to internet port(wan) of Linksys WRV54G.
    WAN ip address 192.168.0.5
    LAN ip address 10.x.x.x


    At home: DSL connection in to wan port on Actiontec GT701-WG. (It is a dsl modem/4 port wireless router.)
    WAN ip address 71.x.x.x
    Lan ip address 192.168.0.1

    Ethernet port on Actiontec to internet port(wan) of Linksys WRV54G.
    WAN ip address 192.168.0.5
    LAN ip address 192.168.1.1

    I have both Actiontec's set up as PPPoE connections. Both also have dhcp enabled.
    What else do you need to know?

    Thanks!!

    p.s. I have set up both linksys routers as you stated in your post on vpn's, but no success. :sad: I attempt to connect (using dyndns name and/or ip address) but it says it can't connect. I can't remember the exact verbiage, but it gives four possible reasons. I can post those later.
     
  18. iloyola

    iloyola Network Guru Member

    correction

    my "home settings" should've been as follows:

    At home: DSL connection in to wan port on Actiontec GT701-WG. (It is a dsl modem/4 port wireless router.)
    WAN ip address 71.x.x.x
    Lan ip address 192.168.0.1

    Ethernet port on Actiontec to internet port(wan) of Linksys WRT54G.
    WAN ip address 192.168.0.193
    LAN ip address 192.168.1.1

    Thanks.
     
  19. iloyola

    iloyola Network Guru Member

    oops, I almost forgot.
    Here's the error message I receive when trying to connect with quickvpn:

    Connection Error
    Failed to establish a connection

    This could be caused by one of the following:
    1. Incorrect password (I've double checked this)
    2. No valid ip for the network card (I assigned ip addresses to all network cards involved)
    3. Incorrect server address (used both dyndns and ip address)
    4. You may need to disable your Windows firewall (I've done this, as well as disabling Norton Internet)

    Perhaps this should be on a different forum. If so, let me know. I'm new here, so have mercy! :shock:
     
  20. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Connect to your WRV locally and go into "security" and turn the firewall off; there's no need to have it up if your actiontec has an spi firewall. The "double NAT'ing" of both the actiontec firewall and the wrv firewall can stop packets from getting through.

    Also, you might want to change the LAN ip of your wrv since it is default; try the 172.16.x.x - 172.31.x.x range. This will be useful o you in the future should you try "gateway-to-gateway" connections.

    Additionally, an immediate reject means that you're not even connecting to the router, so you might want to go back and verify that the username and password combination on the router matches what you're inputing when you try to log on with the quickvpn client tool.

    Doc
     
  21. iloyola

    iloyola Network Guru Member

    Just to clarify, my lan ip on the wrv is 10.96.x.x, which I changed from the default 192.168.1.1 when I set up vpn access. So I shouldn't need to change it to the 172.16.x.x-172.31.x.x range, should I?
    I'll check the firewall settings and triple check the username/password and post the results.

    Thanks again!!
     
  22. iloyola

    iloyola Network Guru Member

    Success, I think

    Just an update.
    I changed from PPPoE to PPPoA, and then setup the actiontec using a dmz. Now I have remote connection from home WRT54G to the work WRV54G. Preliminary reports from my wife tell me that QuickVPN was able to connect!!!!!
    Thanks again for all of your help. I'll let you know if I have any further problems.
     
  23. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I'm just out here "doing the damn thing!" :)

    Doc
     

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