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WRV54G < - > Windows XP : VPN configuration?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by Kaitain, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. Kaitain

    Kaitain Network Guru Member

    I'm finding it very difficult to find any info on connecting a WinXP client to this router. Can anyone point me in the right direction. I want to use the built-in "Create a new connection" under "Network Connections". This is how I connect to all my other VPNs and would like to use that same method, is this possible?

    If you can point me in the right direction (not the lame LinkSys instructions about using secpol.msc please). Thank you very much!
  2. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    If your Windows XP Client computer is behind a NAT router you can give up now. It will not work. I have documented my findings in this forum. If your Windows XP Client computer is connected directly to the Internet with a dial-up client I have been able to connect using GreenBow, SSH Sentinal and SafeNet VPN Clients.
  3. Kaitain

    Kaitain Network Guru Member

    Wow, that sucks

    Man, that sucks. What a total waste.... I hope I can return this router.

    After reading about all the problems with this router, I'm VERY disappointed in it. Maybe someone with better programming skills than myself will write a better VPN implementation for this router.
  4. Razor

    Razor Network Guru Member


    Damn, I specifically wanted to VPN into my home LAN from work - that was my whole reason for changing to this router (oh and it happens to support WLAN too). Work's router will be behind a NAT I'm sure but I suspect they have opened all the VPN ports, hence I wanted access to home.


    I was planning to use SSH Sentinel - is it just this router or does any client VPN'ing from behind a NAT always fail no matter which VPN router is used?

    Cheers for any pointers.

  5. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    I believe the WRV54G lacks the ability to do NAT-T or Nat Traversal. The BEFVP41 should do what you want. I know the WRT54G has custom software to use VPN but I have not checked out it's functionality.
  6. Razor

    Razor Network Guru Member

    Day by day my decision to purchase the wrv54g looks grimmer and grimmer!!! Uhm, think I'll ask my 'friendly' company IT support guy to confirm that the VPN ports are indeed open first then I've got to change the Wrv54g for a WAP + decent VPN solution......


    Thanks for your advice Jon, wish I'd found this forum before buying....
  7. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    I should have looked up information before purchasing as well. I would have thought something out on the market and being sold everyday would work. I don't know anything about class action suits but maybe that would get Linksys in gear.
  8. Razor

    Razor Network Guru Member

    The WRV54 is based on the RG product from Jungo which is based on Linux. I'm actually a hardware/software developer who happens to use Jungo tools daily and have found them to be very reliable, but this product has only been around for 18 months or so and I guess now it's being used seriously, it's starting to show signs of it's early life.

    However, it could be the Linksys code that is causing the majority of problems with this product, but with their other products enjoying much satisfaction by many users I guess it's not!


    Am I right in assuming that should I purchase (swap) the WRV54 with the BEFVP41 and by using SSH Sentinel for my peer (behind the company NAT/firewall) theoretically I should be able to get a successfull VPN connection?

    Your advice is much welcomed.
  9. JonAlthoff

    JonAlthoff Network Guru Member

    Someone has suggested tme to to use Snapgear.org's development platform. It's free and I think there may be more support. Getting a JTAG and flashing a new bootloader seems a serious task and I haven't learned enough about doing it yet. Would this person whos know Jungo be able to look at the code for the WRV54G?

    I have many BEFVP41's out there. I am ablel to connect to them with my WRV54G and used to connect to them with my BEFVP41. Making the WRV54G connect each time is an annoyance but I can get them to work. I have tested many clients at the shop to connect to my BEFVP41's and can get them to work. I was never able to connect to my WRV54G unless I used a dial-up connection with a direct connection to the internet. Using a BEFVP41 and either a WAP54G or a WRT54G would be one solution. The client will work bhind a NAT router and connect to the BEFVP41. Greenbow has instructions on their web-site. SSH sentinel has plenty of information available on dslreports.com. I've posted settings before as well.

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