Linksys or Netgear?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by gatorback, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. gatorback

    gatorback LI Guru Member

    I have been using a Linksys GS V2 with SVEASOFT on it. It supports ZoneEdit DDNS, which is the only DDNS service that will work with my FQDN. (others require a FQDN that looks like:

    I have come into a NETGEAR FVS318V3 that will provide VPN capability, which doe snot support ZoneEdit DDNS. If it did then I can move the linksys to my parents home.

    To summarize, I have a Netgear for VPN and Linksys for DDNS. Given that I have a Dynamic IP from cablemodem. What is the best way to arrange them? Should I connect the Linksys to the cablemodem and the Netgear behind the Linksys?

    Are there any examples that detail the connections and settings? I am pretty sure I am not the first to ask this type of question: I tried using search, however, I guess I did not put the 'right' keywords in. The point is I tried searching but failed miserably.

    Any constructive guidance is greatly appreciated.
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    That netgear is a solid vpn router. Your network configuration is going to depend on alot of considerations. If you want a site to site vpn then you are going to have to put the netgear on the edge as i do not believe the linksys has nat-t capabilites. Unfortunately i have to run to a meeting right now so i cant go much more into this but ask if you have specific questions and someone will get to them when they have a chance, that or post exactly what you want to do and i am sure we can help figure it out.
  3. gatorback

    gatorback LI Guru Member


    I would like to be able to VPN into my network, however, that requires a FQDN: so I will need the ability to update with DDNS to

    The scarce resource is the connection to the modem. I was uanble connect both devices to the modem via a switch. This leads me to believe that I must conect them in a serial manner.

    Is it possible to connect the Netgear VPN switch behind the linksys router so that I can VPN into the system? Is VPN a service like FTP: assigned a port number and can be forwarded to an IP address (in this case a static LAN IP address for the Netgear VPN device)?

    Hmmm. Maybe the Netgear should be first and Linksys should be behind. Not really sure.
  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Its possible but not easy and not the best way if you put the netgear behind the linksys. IPSEC is protocol based, not port based to its very hard to easily forward that traffic. Now i believe that most 3rd party firmware will do pptp which might be an option for you. My first question is how ofter does your ISP change your IP, i too have dynamic ip's but my isp rarely forces a change so i just create tunnels by ip which is much easier to do then using FQDN.
  5. gatorback

    gatorback LI Guru Member

    I don't think that the IP changes very often: I haven't really taken any measurements, however I have seen the same IP for at least a week at a time. It seems that if I cycle power on the modem that treiggers an IP change.

    I noticed that comment "its not the best" way: I am open to other configuations that will solve the challenge. I was thinking that maybe putting the Netgear in the Linksys' DMZ might solve the challenge.

    If I could SSHD into the NETGEAR (I don't know if it is a Linux device or not) then maybe I add a cron script to check if the IP address has change and update the DDNS service. I updated the NETGEAR firmware to the latest version to see if it would support, however no such luck. I have put in a request to NETGEAR, however, unless you are spending lots of money on them I don't expect any support.

    Maybe I am going about this the wrong way: is it possible that there is 3rd party firmware (for the linksys WRT54GS V2) that performs the same VPN functionality as the NETGEAR FVS318?
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    have a look here:

    if the linksys is first which you need for DDNS service to work correctly you need to forward the VPN protocols like IPSec etc, but because of NATing you need to read this.
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