RV042 VPN with Windows XP

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by James_Marcinek, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. James_Marcinek

    James_Marcinek Network Guru Member

    Hello Everyone,

    I've done a lot of reading on the subject but as of yet have not implemented this so, please be kind...

    I'm considering using the RV042's for 3 small sites, each to be connected to each other (Gateway-2-Gateway). I don't think I'll have an issue with this as it is like hardware and configuration.

    The concerns I have are related with the Windows XP VPN client connections for remote user access off site. Can I use the Microsoft utilities to create my connection (Network Wizard) for the VPN's or should I use a 3rd party utility? If so I'd be interested in recommendations. Any pro's and con's would be great too!

  2. cyberpsych1

    cyberpsych1 Network Guru Member

    I've only seen one posting from a person who's been able to set up a vpn tunnel to a RV/WRV series routers using the Microsoft vpn client. However, the best thing to do is configure the quickvpn client that comes with the RV0XX you purchase. If you want to configure a third party client, you need to be aware of some of the limitiations the WRV/RV0XX series routers have, and that's the issue of NAT-T.

    If you check the posts concerning quickvpn and the WRV54G router, you'll see alot of information pertaining to that subject.

  3. James_Marcinek

    James_Marcinek Network Guru Member

    Are you sure that the QuickVPN is comes with the RV042? I read a post from last month indicating that it was going to come out but I don't see any documentation on the product page for it? I know it's a client but I don't know how it negotiates the connection with the VPN router (meaning can I use it even if the RV042 doesn't come with it?)
  4. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Quickvpn is designed to work with the WRV54G and "all" of the RV0XX series routers.

    Check out the "Quickvpn Setup Guide" up in the "Sticky" section for detailed instructions on making a connection. The only drawback with these routers is that they do not have the NAT-T functionality in them as other home routers do, "plus" these devices (or at least the WRV54G) uses port 443 exclusively so you can't run another dedicated device with that port.

    If you can live with those minor things, quickvpn is an awesome little vpn client. I use mine constantly...

  5. Demonic

    Demonic Network Guru Member


    From what I can gather, the RVXX series router do have NAT-T support.

    I have an RV042 and I've had friends connect to the VPN through their routers using The Green Bow VPN client.

    The issue I had was that the VPN users could not ping eachother. They could ping the router and everything physically connected to the router.

    I was using an old firmware at the time (1.3.1 I think) so it may have been resolved by now.

    I find it odd that the WRV54G doesn't support it when the firmwares are so similar.

  6. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    Thanks for the info, D. This leaves the WRV54G as the odd man out, unfortunately.

    James, in the meantime, until quickvpn is added to the RV042 firmware pack, you can always configure the built-in PPTP server for use with the "Greenbow VPN Client." It just so happens that I slapped an easy-to-follow configuration guide together which toxic posted in the "sticky" section also...

    Can anyone confirm if the RV016 and the RV082 support NAT-T also? This may or may not effect the setup guides (a small bit of editing on my part won't kill me) :)

    In other news, I finally got a half-ass response from Linksys regarding the quickvpn setup guides I sent them:

    Dear Jay,

    Thank you for contacting Linksys Customer Support.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to give us such valuable feedback. The information you have provided would definitely help as far as troubleshooting QuickVPN problems. We would forward this to our training group to share this valuable information and if possible for them to include the steps in the product manual or to the knowledge base. Rest assured that we shall continue to exert our best efforts in order to meet and even exceed your needs and expectations. Please feel free to get in touch with us again should you have other queries. Have a pleasant day!

    If you have further questions, please contact us at (800) 326-7114 or send us an email at support@linksys.com, so that we may further assist you.


    Joey B. Agao
    Linksys - A Division of Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Product Support Specialist

    This correspondence is considered confidential and any reproduction for the purpose of public disclosure is forbidden without written permission by the author signed above. If you are not the intended recipient, please immediately notify the sender and delete any copies.

    Please keep all previous emails as a point of reference.

    Customer (Jay Johnson) 06/29/2005 04:58 PM


    if you are receiving this (again), this is just a reminder that there is a
    format I've developed (with plenty of collaboration) to configure the
    linksys quickvpn client to work with the wrv54g vpn router. The directions
    I've put togther are tried and true and are 90% accurate. The last 10%
    unaccounted for is a result of "extremely" bizarre behavior both routers
    show based off of extremely poor configuration.

    I'll probably keep shooting this out "until" linksys packages this
    information with the wrv54g router upon deployment to its

    Has anyone figured out the email notification server yet (Bryan, anything
    new?)? It's proven the router is solid over vpn using quickvpn or greenbow vpn (when a direct connecting from computer to modem is made); perhaps an upgrade from MD5 authentication to SHA1 may necessary, to include adding the two NAT-T patches to the wrv54g that the BEFVP41/WRT54G/WAG54G routers that the WRV54G seems to be missing (hmmmmmm...).

    You can check out posts on my quickvpn setup guide at
    www.linksysinfo.org<http://www.linksysinfo.org>("A Real Quckvpn Setup
    Guide) to see its effectiveness.


    We'll see if they take it serious...

  7. cje1986

    cje1986 Guest

    Guide to rv042

    I was just wondering if anybody has been able to connect to the rv042 across the internet and could provide a detailed guide on how to do this
  8. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    What do you intend to use as a client?

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