WRV200 Bandwagon

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by Frosty99, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. Frosty99

    Frosty99 Network Guru Member

    I made the leap and placed my order as well. Is this thing's firmware going to be GPL? I would love to see it modded. One thing particularly that I am hoping for are more port forwarding slots. Between things like ICQ file transfer ports, gaming ports, Skype ports, E-mule ports, etc... I tend to run out pretty fast.

    Any thoughts from the community on what I can expect for firmware from the modding community?

  2. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    I would expect the situation with the WRV200 to be the same as the WRV54G in that it's kind of a niche product and doesn't sell in the numbers of things like the WRT54G's. For that reason third party firmware support looks unlikely.
  3. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    There's now a product page for it on Linksys's website here :)
  4. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Hoo boy. I wonder what DocLarge is going to say when he reads on user guide page 55 that the WRV200 supports NAT-T (NAT Traversal) for site-to-site VPNs. You can even turn it on and off (It's on by default).

    I think we can infer from this that NAT-T is probably patched for QuickVPN as well since the user guide stresses that for NAT-T to work, the 'remote secure gateway' has to be set to 'any'...meaning that it will accept any IP address (including NAT'd addresses) for site-to-site. This, of course, is the situation with a road warrior / telecommuter using QuickVPN, and since NAT-T patches IPSec (ie: IKE Phase II) it doesn't matter that QuickVPN replaces IKE Phase I authentication with SSL.

    BTW, there is a check box in the general VPN settings to turn on/off PPTP pass through but it remains to be seen whether this will actually work.


    (edit/addition): The IPSec VPNs also support 256-bit AES. Now I know that DocLarge is going to blow. Have a pint of Guiness ready! You need a stout one.
  5. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    *sniff* Has this day truly come? Can it be? :drinking:


    Thanks for the pint, Eric...

    Come, let us join hands in singing "We Are The World" in g minor.

    Taz, hit the lights....

    *Ahem* (In a melodious voice...)

    "There comes a time, when you head a certain call......."

    Eric, you've got the chorus....


  6. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Yep it's got WPA and WPA2 with AES, WDS, NAT-T and QoS, pretty much everything that we complained the WRV54G didn't have. We do seem to have lost the hardware DMZ feature, which I don't think is a biggie. Of course the big question is does any of it actually work :grin:
  7. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

  8. svg1

    svg1 Network Guru Member

    Linksys just released a firmware update for the wrv200 a few days ago . Version 1.0.12 .

    Theres no mention of the initial firmware release version 1.0.9 just bug fixes , one of which is nat-t.
  9. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Yep I noticed that, maybe they're trying to iron out all the bugs before they release it :whistle:
  10. Frosty99

    Frosty99 Network Guru Member


    Yeah I was wondering about that... the ETA from Nextwarehouse.com went from 12 May to 16 May to BACKORDERED. That will teach me to buy something that isn't available to be sold. I know my card hasn't been charged yet, but in my mind I bought it already and I get frustrated that it's been almost a month now with "BACKORDERED" as the date I can expect it to ship. Wonderful... :thumbdown:

  11. TazUk

    TazUk Network Guru Member

    Look on the bright side, a later working product is better than an early not working one ;)
  12. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Same here, Jimi...

    I called yesterday to see what was going on, but George wasn't in. I'm calling back today to see what the holdup is.

    If they can't get it in the box in the next five days, I'm cancelling and going with one of the following:

    1) www.insight.com
    2) www.zones.com
    3) www.pcmall.com
    4) www.cdw.com

    These guys have it in stock from what I saw on the linksys page.

  13. Kompressor

    Kompressor Network Guru Member

    I'm wondering how stable it is.
    And does it reboot after most configuration changes like the WRV54G does?
  14. Frosty99

    Frosty99 Network Guru Member

    Out the door

    I am headed to Texas for 6 weeks on Monday. So I figure I'll see what happens. I'll probably end up cancelling while I am in Texas. I'd hoped to have this up and running so I could do some testing from Lackland.

  15. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You air force, Jimi? I forgot if I've asked you this already?

  16. Frosty99

    Frosty99 Network Guru Member

    Into the Blue

    Yeah Doc... 14 years in. I'm a 2E2. I just came from Izmir. I was running the NCC there.. more like a closet with 20 servers in it. Now I am working Network Training in the 60CS at Travis.

    I am headed for NCOA.

  17. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    AF also (15yrs). I'm 3A0 in London working a sys ad slot . I'm one of the "old school" 3A's who was taught system administration properly at Ramstein when "PC-COE" and "Optimizing and Professionalizing The Network" where the catch phrases, and have been running LAN's ever since.

  18. Frosty99

    Frosty99 Network Guru Member

    London? Are you on a special duty? 3A? I figured you were a 3C. Did you do NCOA at Lackland? How was it?
  19. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Yep, special duty for another 17 mos, then probably to Ramstein...

    I trip a lot of people up because they don't realize my cdc's with the exception fo UNIX, Exchange Server, and a few other things, aren't that different from yours. The position I'm in right now called for a 3A to run web servers, an exchange server, domain controllers and local LAN management, to include handling the routing coming/going. Unfortunately, a 3A who didn't have my network background jacked everything up. Basically, he'd been in 19yrs and got this job as a favor, and promptly "cocked" everything up. He took a windows nt4 server class (you know the one that takes all of "one" week) and came back thinking he was a server operator.

    He deleted 75% of the windows system folder thinking he was clearing things up and the NOC promptly locked him out because they had to fly someone all the way over from Washington to fix it.

    As a result, Washington limited my access but I've still got enough room to get things done; I work mostly on my home LAN of eight systems (3 server OS, 5 clients using 2000 pro and XP Pro).

  20. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The WRV200 saga continues...

    Well, I called nextwarehouse.com up and asked about my shipment; immediately the guy who answered the phone (Michael) started "Hmmm'ng" and "Hawww'ng" about whether or not they had any on the premises

    "Michael" told me: "It's on its way to you."

    I then told him: "Where is my confirmation of shipment then?"

    His reply: "Uh, could you hold please?"

    Of course, he puts me on hold for two minutes, comes back and says: "Yes, your WRV200 is leaving the warehouse in Illinois (nextwarehouse is located someplace else in the states) and will arrive here at our facility on Monday."

    You know I had to grill him...

    "Didn't you just tell me it was on its way to me?"

    And his reply: "Ummm, no, I meant, umm, that it's on its way from our warehouse and we should have it on Monday."

    Long story short, this azz-clown was still playing the "estimated time of arrival" game because he didn't want to tell me they still didn't have it to ship. So, I cancelled my order with them and went to another vendor (www.zones.com) who's affilliated with Linksys and bought one on the spot because they have them in stock (I just got the confirmation email). Nextwarehouse just sent the cancellation saying they're going to credit back my $92; get this, my total order including shipping from "Zones" was $86!! :rofl:

    Frosty, better get on this :thumbup:

    Item # Description Status Unit Price Qty Ext.Price

    SUBTOTAL $ 71.98

    SHIPPING $ 9.40

    TAX $ 4.88

    TOTAL $ 86.26

    ORDER TOTAL $ 86.26

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