Is the WRV54G suitable to use at home to tunnel to work?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by wrdickson, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. wrdickson

    wrdickson Guest

    Here's my situation: I have Comcast cable internet service at home. I have three computers (Macs, but it shouldn't matter); one using 802.11g, one using 802.11b, and one is located so it can just connect via ethernet. I also have a special "IPOffice" telephone which is supposed to allow me to work from home, if it can be connected to the office phone network through a VPN.

    At work, we have a Linux box running Freeswan, which is what we're supposed to tunnel to.

    One of my coworkers has made this work with an older Linksys router; I'm afraid I don't remember the actual model. At present, he is setting up a tunnel from his linksys box to the Freeswan server, and then simply running his entire home network through the VPN; he simply plugs the phone into his switch at home, it finds the phone network at work, and it works.

    The WRV54G looked like a suitable piece of hardware for me to do the same thing, plus it had the wireless capability, which I needed. But after several hours of messing around with it, with my coworker's help (he both set up his own VPN with the older box, and runs the Freeswan server at work), it simply refused to connect. It almost appears to be waiting for an incoming connection, which makes me fear that this box is intended as a VPN server, not as a client.

    Anybody have an insight? Should I return this box, and if so, can you recommend one that can do what I need? Thanks!
  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    The WRV54G can either make or accept a VPN tunnel connection, the same as their older products. One limitation of the WRV54G with current firmware releases is it doesn't support NAT-T whereas older routers like the BEFVP41 does. It's likely that the router he has is a BEFVP41 so it would probably be easiest to return the WRV54G and replace it with a BEFVP41 and WAP54G. This means using two boxes instead of one but should do everything that you want.
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