OMF'ing G!! (Talked To A Cisco Technician About the WRV200)

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by DocLarge, May 22, 2006.

  1. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    After long last, I spoke "directly" to a CISCO tech about the WRV200

    - Wireless VLAN is functional! Can support up to 4 wireless vlan connections and can be monitored
    - PPTP can be established with the WRV200
    -- I'm holding his feet to the fire on this one because y'all know how I feel about the WRV54G and its inability to pass GRE :D

    The guy said he'd set up a connection and let me connect directly to it to see for myself (like I'm really going to believe that but a phonecall will make me a believer :) ) but "if" he does come through, I'm damn sure going to try it!

    When I mentioned to him that the WRV54G has never had the capability to pass GRE, he said he'd never heard about it not being able to. This confirms that Linksys tech support is full of shizzell when they claim they will forward requests to Linksys-Cisco.

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    yeah sometimes when youy baffle the so called tech support they put the email in file 13 (recycle bin i guess) :grin:
  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    [/b]THIS JUST IN!!![/B]

    I now eat my cynical words I spoke yesterday because I didn't expect the cisco tech to call me back... HE JUST DID not more than 15 mins ago...

    Just as he'd promised, he set up a PPTP connection for me on the WRV200 to let me try connectecting to his test lab...and I connected!!!


    Drinks for everybody!!! Stonecat, pop the keg!!! Mr Sulu, fire the phasers!!

    Oh yeah, the party is officially started!

  4. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    I think I'll wait until it's available in the UK ;)
  5. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It's available here in Canada. I'm thinking I'd like to pick one up just to play with it.....

  6. SoonerAl

    SoonerAl LI Guru Member

    The cheapest I have found it here in the US is $67.99 with no tax and free ground shipping to my zip code is from
  7. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    :drinking: :thumbup: :cheer: :clap: :cheering: :thumb:

    have you got your WRV200 yet then Doc?
  8. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    allow me to introduce SoonerAl, Microsoft-MVP and all the fixins'...

    He's the person I was telling you all about who's been successful with getting Openvpn to work on the Windows 2003 CE OS for Pocketpc (there're some links posted here to his webpage). Al, myself, and a host of others are regulars at in the vpn section.

    Al, I take it that you're interested in the WRV200? :)


    I'm still waiting for it to get here. It's coming from the states, so I know it will be be at least a week before I even see it.

  9. SoonerAl

    SoonerAl LI Guru Member

    Yes I am... I need to convince the wife I need it however... :friends:
  10. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Getting one in today for a client. I can't believe how cheap these are..when I read about them...I figured they'd be targeting RV0 like business the 200 plus dollar range. But well under a hundred bucks...WOW!

    Anyways...should arrive from the wholesaler today, fiddle tomorrow.
  11. djdconsulting

    djdconsulting LI Guru Member

    So since the WRV200 supports GRE do any of you think I would have a problem with a Mac connecting to it?

    I had the WRV54G previously and I had problems connecting to it with the Mac and it just gave me nothing but problems. So I returned it and know I am anxiously awaiting for the WRV200 to hit stores.
  12. SoonerAl

    SoonerAl LI Guru Member

    I'd be interested to know ...

    ...if you can connect to the WRV200's internal PPTP VPN server with the PocketPC PPTP client? That would be nice...

    Doc, hopefully you can test that and report back...
  13. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Stonecat may beat me to it because I'm over here in London and the shipping time is 10 days for anything coming from the states. Since I can connect to both my SMCBR18VPN and Netgear DG834G router with the MS VPN client and access my vpn server behind both of them (they both support GRE) I'm guessing the pocket pc will connect to it also; I forgot to mention to you I've been able to connect to my servers with the pocketpc terminal client all of a sudden. The only thing that bugs me is how to work with the screen resolution :)

  14. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Hey Doc..guess what I'm reporting in from? The wrv arrived yesterday it on my desk this morning.

    BUT.....I don't see PPTP VPN.

    Maybe firmware upgrade...gonna check now.

    I probably won't install it at my clients this afternoon..if that's the case, I can take it home, light up the VPN can test from across the pond?
  15. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I think DocLarge got his wires crossed. (Easy to do with that English cider...) The Cisco guy probably setup a PPTP server behind the WRV200 to demonstrate that VPN pass-thru for the GRE traffic was working.

    I just ordered a WRV200 (should arrive tomorrow). I looked at the user guide and I didn't see any mention of a PPTP server capability. I don't need it anyway since I've configured PPTP Server on a WRT54GS with DD-WRT v23-SP1 firmware.

    The WRV200 is going to be a plaything initially but I think it will replace my Cisco PIX 501 if it proves capable of all its promise.

  16. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Sure thing stonecat, let me know.

    Hmm, you've got me wondering about the PPTP, though. From what I gathered when talking to the tech, he said I was connecting "directly" to the WRV200. Still, I'll call him back and re-verify...

    What can I say, Eric, cider makes you do some funny "ish" if you know what I mean. WheEEEEEEEEE!! *Hic* *THuD!!!*

    (Doc falls over in a drunken at 11......)

  17. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Fellas, I'm telling you, if I get anymore good news about the WRV200, I may need to be alone with myself... (Oops, damn....TMI :) ) But seriously folks....

    The vpn connection I made the other day was "in fact" me connecting "through" the WRV200 to the technician's XP pro computer in his lab. So, YES the WRV200 does in fact support passing GRE packets!! *Sniff* Pardon my tears of joy, because he just "called" to tell me that... :cheering:

    Where's the entertainment??!?! This party is just starting to get cracking!!!!

  18. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member you're worry is about passing GRE...yeah. My need is to have a PPTP VPN the router..the router itself doing it. Like the RV0 series does. I like doing hardware VPN for clients instead of software (at the office end)..using 2K/XP native PPTP VPN client.

    The wrv200 supports WDS..nice to see that.

    One other thing missing from it...they market this as somewhat of a SOHO/Business grade router (VLANs and multiple SSIDs)...yet...bare bones reservations!!! :sad: Booooo....boooooooo. Why doesn't Linksys do this on most of their routers...the RV0s have them..nice. But it's a really simple feature to have, and sorely missed. Offices like to remote in...targeting the router towards's an important feature.
  19. randydodd

    randydodd LI Guru Member

    WRV200 static IP table.

    I have a WRV200, and am able to add Static IP, with MAc Address, to the Static IP Table.

    Unfortunately, you have to FIND the Mac address of the device (PC, printer, etc.), then enter that into the router/table. Then enter the IP address to assign to that Mac Address. Make sure the address is not in the DHCP range.

    It works, but not very elegant. Most Netgear routers have had this for awhile, and they make it easy, because you can simply pick up the Mac address from the Dnamic DHCP table and assign it static.
  20. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Re: WRV200 static IP table.

    Ahh yup..indeed I see it now. Either I missed that "button" on the early firmware...or it wasn't on the shipping firmware version I received. (probably the first..that my blind self missed that little button) I'm used to the way Linksys does their reservations on the RV0 routers...right there on the DHCP page....right in plain site instead of behind a button.
  21. Ponderous

    Ponderous LI Guru Member

    VPN Server at router

    I am a networking infant, but I saw this
    ( and remembered your post
    when trying to solve an unrelated WPA "Acquiring Network Address" problem on the WRV200. Perhaps you can use or modify this to suit your needs.

    Best Regards,
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