RV082 questions - VPN and misc stuff

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by jcheung007, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. jcheung007

    jcheung007 Network Guru Member

    Hi all,

    I have just replaced my RV042 with a new RV082 a few days ago. It's working great and it comes with some additional settings / parameters that RV042 doesn't have. I do have some non-urgent questions and hope someone can answer them.

    1. I thought the package comes with 50 VPN tunnels, but mine come with 100, any thoughts? Not that I'm complaining, but just curious.

    2. I'm using one DSL service (SBC) with 5 static IPs on one Netopia DSL modem. Router takes a static directly from the modem on WAN1, while WAN2 takes a dynamic (192.x.x.x) from another router which host web cam. I was wondering, if I assign a static IP to my WAN2 (attach directly to the Netopia DSL modem), will I lose chat clients connectivity frequently as it happened to my RV042 before due to using the same DNS?

    3. If I decide to use the smart link backup, if my WAN1 connection is lost, how quickly WAN2 will kick in and reconnect my network to the internet? is there a lag time? or it's an immediate fail-over?

    4. Anybody has pictures of the guts of this remarkable piece?

    Thanks guys. :)

    - James
  2. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    Enjoy the VPN! :D

    I've setup around 20 of the RV082/016 units...I love them..absolutely love them. Run one at home matter of fact.

    BTW, they came out with a fairly recent firmware several weeks ago, 1.3.2, much improved throughput and some newer VPN features if you run site to site VPN.

    About your Netopia, the 3546? I used to have one of those at home...nice units. However...regarding your setup, are you running NAT on the Netopia also? So that your WAN on the RV0 picks up a private IP behind the Netopia? I'd avoid that.....any ISP provided units I always make sure they are in bridge only mode..so that the router I'm installing does the PPPoE itself, and is the only NAT device. Probably what causes your hiccups...some applications don't like being double NAT'd.

    The failover mode...works very quickly, however some applications will note your IP change..such as IM clients..and will quickly disconnect/reconnect. It's quite seamless though...I do it a dozen times every day when I'm still at home, but VPN'ing to various clients networks....I keep my Trillian open all the time.
  3. jcheung007

    jcheung007 Network Guru Member

    Hello there,

    Sorry that I didn't respond sooner as I'm on company assignment overseas (and I still am).

    So far, there hasn't been a single issue with my RV082 since the initial deployment, and I'm very happy with it. Granted it's a bit pricey at its class for home use, but I guess you get what you pay for, right?

    As far as the Netopia 3346, no, I just use it as a gateway as suggested by SBC. They're the one actually set it up for me since I don't know anything about this piece. It doesn't do NAT either, so all it does, is just a gateway where I can utilize those four interfaces on the back for router connections.

    Thanks for the sharing about the failover mode. I had the disconnection / reconnection issues when I used that on my RV042. I was once told that the issue was caused by the same DNS assigned from the ISP on the same router. I don't know, but I guess I will do some experiment when I get home

    Thanks again.

    - James

  4. jayrmam22

    jayrmam22 LI Guru Member

    RV042 and QuickVPN connectivity

    I just deployed the RV042 to a small office with SBC, 5 static IPS, and netopia setup as a gateway, NAT disabled. My Rv042 is receiving a PUBLIC IP on the WAN interface which seems correct. I created 3 accounts and can't seem to hit the VPN router from a external network. I was on chat with Linksys support and they couldnt get it to work either. Again not too confident they were really troubleshooting. Any ideas? Any pre-reqs needed for the router, network, or xp laptop i'm using. It has the latest firmware as of 05-16-2006. thanks.
  5. jcheung007

    jcheung007 Network Guru Member

    Re: RV042 and QuickVPN connectivity

    try using the SBC's dial-up connection and connect VPN, and see if it works. Meaning, find out the modem dial-up number, get online, then launch the VPN. Give it a shot.

    - James

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