VPN with WRT54GS v6

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by falkoncrest, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. falkoncrest

    falkoncrest Guest

    Hi chaps,

    I have recently setup a WRT54GSv6 router at Home to connect my Home LAN with the Internet (using the original Firmware 1.52.2). Although I was a bit crossed with this device in the beginning as I couldn't configure the router to use a class A subnet mask (it seems like the router only allows to specify the last byte of the subnet mask- thx;O), I begin to love this device more and more every day.

    I have also managed to configures DDNS (which wasn't easy using this weird syntax for the hostname (i.e. myhost.dyndns.org&system=custom) and quite frankly speaking, I could have given Linksys a slap in the face for their bad documentation for the DDNS setup. I took me quite a while to find some help on the DynDns.org site. Anyhow, so far so good.

    Now, I'd like to setup a small VPN so that I can access any computer within my home LAN via the internet - ideally using the original firmware. Therefore I thought I better ask the experts before I toy around with my router.

    I admit that I don't have any experience with VPNs so far - so please consider myself beeing blond and use simple and easy explanations. There is a good chance that you loose me if you talk about protocol forwarding, NAT filtering etc. without giving me an example.

    What steps do I have to do?

    Your help is absolutely appreciated.

    Many thanks,
  2. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    First off, you may have to flash your router with third party firmware. As it stands, you have a model that does allow 3rd party firmware to be loaded. The native firmware your wrt54gs comes with out of the box doesn't support vpn "endpoint," only vpn "pass-thru."

    Take a lookout the following 3rd party firmwares and see which one you prefer:

    1) Talisman by Sveasoft
    2) Tomato
    3) Thibor
    4) Hyperwrt
    5) Openwrt
    6) DD-wrt

    IPSEC is viewed as the most secure endpoint vpn at this time; should you want to go that road, try the Talisman firmware. You can find it at www.sveasoft.com. Be warned: they'll charge you $20 for it, or at least, that's what the practice was when I was trying 3rd party firmware...

  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Is anyone actually using the WRT as a ipsec vpn endpoint? I would think that the processing power would be inadequate at best and if it would stay up would create more heat then the device was designed to dissipate?
  4. gumfi

    gumfi LI Guru Member

    Hello Falconcrest

    I need the en_lang.bin file 30kb from the install cd/folder pack can you please send it to me.


    regards kim
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