I just bought a WRV54G (eBay), am I crazy?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by cromrell, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. cromrell

    cromrell Network Guru Member

    I just bought a WRV54G to use in the office (to allow remove VPN for a few limited home users).
    From the sound of things, this eqipment has been full of problems and is going to introduce instability to my network (50+ users).
    Q1) Is the WRV54g intended for use at a 'host' VPN location?
    Q2) Is there stable firmware so that I get VPN, plus all of the stability and features of my WRT54G?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i dont know much about wrv54g or whatever but i would take it back...sorry i could not be more of a help
  3. chris547

    chris547 Network Guru Member

    If you wait a short time I'm sure the guy from the Grolsch ad's would have turned up and told you to stop, this product isn't ready yet! :)

    Alas there's been problems with this product left, right and centre and the fact that it lacks NAT-T support and the only fix is a proprietary vpn client which will only run on Windows XP/2000 can cause a few problems. As long as your home users can use Quickvpn it shouldn't be a problem and with a bit of luck they should be able to connect to the WRV54G.

    As for stable, there's a lot of discussion on which version actually is, I'm on version 2.38 and I'm not getting any stablity problems.

    I'm sure this product will turn out ok in the end, and will finally get to the stage where there's a stable release that suits everyone, but at the moment it's just causing problems. :-(
  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Don't be swayed by all of this noise coming from the other folks around you. In the end, user competency and firmware will always be the issue. This product is not possessed, it was a rush job initially, but it's starting to stable out. I'm using firmware 2.37.13 with my WRV54G and it runs fine. The problem is that some wireless cards "don't" run fine in certain modes of encryption (mainly WEP) which means the router takes the blame.

    Here's a cut and paste of some previous posted information from me that's working to establish a consistent quickvpn connection:

    1) Disable pptp and L2tp on the wrv54g
    2) Disable all vpn port forwarding (500, 1701, 1723, 4500) to limit background process interference
    3) Disable all vpn settings (tunnel, gateway, IKE)
    4) Make sure quickvpn is the "only" client loaded on your machines (it won't work if another one is present)
    5) Enable Ipsec on the WRV54g's you're connecting to
    6) Check under services on your windows machines and make sure Ipsec is running because installation of some vpn clients (i.e. SSH Sentinel) shuts the service off

    These are just the general ground rules to start out with. One last thing to consider is if you're getting "verifying network," check your mtu setting. At times, you have to lower it to avoid fragmentation of the data packets.

    Keep in mind this is just a "baseline." As you start having success's, start varying your configuration.

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