WRT54G for VPN

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Tenoq, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. Tenoq

    Tenoq LI Guru Member

    Can the WRT54G (V2, I from memory) be used as a VPN client (L2TP)? I'm currently using the latest Thibor HyperWRT, but I can't remember if I've seen this option in it at all.

    If HyperWRT can't, what can? (if anything!)
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Some versions of dd-wrt have a PPTP client/server. Not sure about L2TP.
  3. Tenoq

    Tenoq LI Guru Member

    What are the security limitations of PPTP without IPSec?
  4. Tenoq

    Tenoq LI Guru Member

    Oh, another thing I forgot - DD-WRT is based on Sveasoft's firmware, right? I tried Talisman and it was painfully slow (when changing settings) and quite unstable. Is DD-WRT as slow as Talisman?
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    PPTP is weaker than the IPSec-using protocols as I understand.

    Dunno what dd-wrt is based on - check the dd-wrt forums. When changing settings, it is slow compared to stock- and Thibor firmware in my experience. Don't know if I will classify it as "painfully" slow though.
  6. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    On paper...PPTP is less secure. It authenticates sessions..not packet by packet as IPSec does, as PPTP based on the old Microsoft dial up adapter. Default 40 bit encryption.

    It's satisfactory for most software security standards...I use it for my clients, and myself, for dynamic remote connections. Meaning...VPN from home to the office to work for a few hours, or VPN from the road (hotel) to the office to work for a few hours.

    I wouldn't use it on static site to site setups, like a wide area network, there the connection is 24/7. Over time it could get broken into.

    IPSec also performs better..can provide better throughput in the tunnel.
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