I forgot how "normal" routers really suck...

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by occamsrazor, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    I was just asked by a friend to find him an adsl router with VPN server functionality, and it's really hard! For various reasons (mostly his technical skills) a Tomato solution isn't possible.
    I guess I've been on Tomato so long I figured it would be fairly standard, at least some kind of PPTP or IPSEC server, but it seems like hardly any offer this, unless you go very high-end (=cost) like the Drayteks or business-class Netgear.
    Whereas my cheapass WHR-54Gs (and now WL-500GPv2) runs a super-secure, functional, OpenVPN server...
    Sometimes it's easy to forget how inflexible and lacking most routers are....
    Anyway, thanks to SgtPepper and all others for everything that makes Tomato great.....
    PS - If anyone does know an adsl modem/router that supports pptp or ipsec or openvpn server functionality (for remote client connection, not site-to-site), please let me know.
  2. Azuse

    Azuse LI Guru Member

    Dg834gt has vpn functionality, although I think it may only be endpoint not server, worth checking. Just make sure an load the latest official firmware first and check.

    The dgteam firmware does however have open vpn but be aware that the last stable build (i.e. can safely be flashed via browser is 1012 (good luck finding that)). 1018 has a lot of bugs fixed, mostly vpn bugs, however it's uncomfortably close to the flash limit and tends to brick routers if flashed via browser. It can be done quite safely via linux however if you follow this to the letter http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showpost.php?p=16607842&postcount=153 . It is however, your only option and the routers themselves can be had for £10-15 on the bay.

    P.s. don't go on their forum and tell them something doesn't work, the banned the ips* of a group of us who made the effort to report bugs.

    *for a group of people capable of coding an adsl router, this seemed incredibly stupid (I still, honestly, cannot believe it).
  3. roadkill

    roadkill Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Asus am604g - Modem, Router, AP with BCM6348 Soc OpenWRT Compatible
    I got my hands on a unit and I'm currently in the process of making it Tomato compatible so it will eventually be able to run a PPTP or OpenVPN as Server.

  4. othelo

    othelo Addicted to LI Member

  5. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    I thought the VPN implementation in the 2710 only supported site-to-site VPN... can it be used as a VPN server that remote clients (laptops) can connect to? I may well be mistaken.
  6. othelo

    othelo Addicted to LI Member

    Yes, it can.
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