VPN Newbie Seeks Recommendations

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by jxs457, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. jxs457

    jxs457 Guest

    Greetings everyone,

    I've been a Linksys router man for more than 5 years now and have also used their WAP and some of their older point-to-point VPN enabled products. I currently have a WRV54G which I use for testing, but as everyone here can attest this product is a dog! I'm in the process of testing the new 2.38.6 beta firmware now -- but as other users have lamented -- no WPA2!

    So here's my question, I've been tasked with identifying a new, reliable, fairly speedy, wireless optional, VPN router for a small office environment. Remote client VPN access is required. This is for a Verizon business DSL (static) setup.

    Can you suggest a Linsys VPN enabled router that fits the bill? Linksys has several VPN routers on their website now, but no real ability to compare model to model. Even if they did, the WRV54G looks GREAT -- ON PAPER!! But we all know the sad reality.

    Thanks so much!
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    No sad reality here, partner! :)

    I work the Hell out of my WRV4G using the quickvpn client! Agree though that Linksys needs to bring WPA2 and AES out of the box. The router has the juice, but if they did that, they would now have a home product in "direct" competition with their industrial stregnth production routers :)

    That being said, don't get yourself so caught up on "the next biggest thing (WPA2). WPA was and has been the "touted" thing for the last few years, then all of a sudden someone says "It's time for the new floor models!" everyone begins to frown on what they already have. Yes, WPA2 is a vast improvement, however, WPA served a purpose without too many complaints for a while. Whereas I would like to see WPA2 go into new WRV54G firmware, it may take Cisco/Linksys a while to do that unless they "beef up" a CISCO router that can secure a portion of the market away from the WRV54G so they keep moderate business for their real money makers.

    Still, if you must stay with Linksys, try the BEFVP41 router with either a WAP54G or a WRT54G as the access point.

  3. flotsam1968

    flotsam1968 Network Guru Member

    I was using a wrt54g as a gateway, but since we recently got a Juniper firewall and vpn at work decided to upgrade to something with vpn so I could create a more or less permanent tunnel for remote support. I poked around, and the local electronics mega-store had a BEFVP41 on the shelf, so I decided to try that. It was DOA...Or at least, many things just didn't work. Reflashing didn't help, and it wouldn't stay up for more than 2 -3 hours. But from the looks of it, it is just a BEFSR41 with VPN added.

    So...I returned it, and did a little more poking around online. Found the RV042, and decided to give it a try. I also looked at the WRV54G, but the bad reviews just scared me away...I've had very good luck with Linksys, but from what I read, it looked to me like they were just trying to squeeze too much functionality into too little hardware, with not enough testing.

    Anway...So far the RV042 has been great. The WAN performance seems to be a little better than with the WRT54g ( which I still use as an AP only ). Not a dramatic improvement, but noticeable. Of course my wrt is a ver. 1.0, so even a new one could help I suppose.
    It has better logging, and more options than either the wrt54g or befvp41. Also it has dual WAN ports that can be set up for redundancy, and I think it allows more simultaneous tunnels that the other Linksys vpn devices ( you may want to verify that...).
    It seems to be an "almost" professional grade router/firewall. Not in the same class as Junipers, Ciscos and the like, but definitely a step above the regular, consumer grade Linksys stuff.

    In general, I think the regular Linksys gear is great for home use. For mission critical you still have to go with something like the Ciscos and Junipers. But for something in between, the RV042 seems so far to fit the bill. Somewhat similar in functionality is the Juniper 5gt which is about twice the cost of a RV042. The RV042 is a bit more than a BEFVP41.
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