WRV54G to connect two offices with Dynamic IPs?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by zquinton, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. zquinton

    zquinton Network Guru Member

    I have the task of creating a VPN connection to connect two small offices. Each office currently has a few pcs that are using an old netgear wireless router (no vpn).

    My thought is to replace each netgear router with a Linksys WRV54G. The offices both have cable modem connections with Dynamic IP addresses though. I saw that the WRV54G has a built in dyndns client -- so I was thinking that I could use that to jump the dynamic ip address hurdle.

    I was wondering if anyone has any experience or comments on this kind of set up. I have never set up a VPN connection this way, though it looks like it should be straight-forward. ALL Comments / Suggestions / Ideas / etc would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,

  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Considering the problems other people are having with the WRV54G I would advise getting the BEFVP41 instead and a seperate access point such as the WAP54G ;)
  3. zquinton

    zquinton Network Guru Member

    Well, I figured they were all nuts ;) - or just that it's only the people with problems talking. If this is bad hardware that Linksys is selling, maybe I should be looking at another vendor..

    I think I saw somewhere that the BEFVP41 is old -- and that Linksys is pushing the RVXXX VPN routers now -- which are a bit more money than I'd like to spend. Anyone have experience with the Netgear FVS318? Looks like it would do the job and save some money.

    I really prefer Linksys for the most part -- and the WRV54G looks like a nice box. If there are people out there with good experiences (anyone with my situation -- wanting to VPN connect two offices with dynamic IPs -- would be great) with it, I'd like to hear about it!


  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    maybe you could dump one of the cable lines and run one of the wrt54g's as an ap only and share the line
    you would only have to have one dhcp server then and no problems...
  5. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Well I have one and I haven't had the problems other people have reported. That said they do seem like genuine issues so I wouldn't want to recommend one only for the person to have no end of grief with it :) I have 5 VPN's setup, the other ends are all static IP's but my end is dynamic.
  6. computsoft

    computsoft Guest

    VPN with 2 dynamic ips

    I have had sucess with doing this with the wrv54g. I might add this router is a nightmare when setting up for the first time. I have been through hours of work and have t working well. If you still need help post back and I will give you some help.
  7. blankho

    blankho Network Guru Member

    Take my advice, I have both of these routers. The WRV54G is a load of trouble for the beginners. I have found and reported three major firmware bugs. The FVS318 has a far less professional user interface, but at least the VPN works. I have used router to router and Windows XP IPSec to router and they both work fine. It's too bad because the WRV54G could support many more tunnels if it worked. It does work for router to router and using QuickVPN. I have never had any luck with straight IPSec to this router.

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