WRVS4400N Connectivity: Cisco VPN Client

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by maddes.b, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. maddes.b

    maddes.b LI Guru Member

    Hello everybody,

    could someone successfully connect to a WRVS4400N with a Cisco VPN Client?

    I searched the forum, but didn't find a thread about this constellation.
    Only found information not to use different VPN clients on the same machine.
    My working laptop already has Cisco VPN Client 4.8 installed.

    A positive experience would strengthen my tendency to buy this router.

    Kind regards
  2. ccbadd

    ccbadd Network Guru Member

    The Cisco VPN client is for Cisco branded routers, not Linksys (a division of Cisco). Have you tried using QuickVPN??
  3. maddes.b

    maddes.b LI Guru Member

    As mentioned in my first post I do not own a WRVS4400N yet and I have to use Cisco VPN Client on my laptop at work.
    I know about Quick VPN and the relationshop between Cisco and LinkSys, that's why I normally prefer LinkSys.

    Cisco VPN Client supports IPSec, but that doesn't mean it has to work with a WRVS4400N.
    Often there are incompatibility issues between different implementations of a defined standard.

    That's why I'm asking for someone who tried this constellation.

  4. ccbadd

    ccbadd Network Guru Member

    Well, The Cisco VPN client only works with Cisco branded hardware. It is not a standard Ipsec client.
  5. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    the 4400 only supports the linksys quick vpn client and ssl, you may have some luck with the ssl cisco client but I can't be sure. if you are stuck with the cisco vpn client, which isn't a bad thing because it WORKS, you may want to look at a cisco 851w as an endpoint instead of a linksys solution. It's a very affordable router, and does everything a linksys router will do, and will support the cisco ipsec vpn client.

    I know what you are thinking, though, cisco..linksys. Share some technology? Nope. Linksys doesn't support client to site very well, I always upgrade customers to the 851 if they need client to site support.

    Hope that helps!
  6. maddes.b

    maddes.b LI Guru Member

    Thanks, this is valuable information.

    From your information and the VPN settings of the Cisco client on my working laptop, I would assume that the Cisco VPN client uses IPSec but with some added extras, resulting in "Cisco-IPSec".

    Best would be to test if this "Cisco-IPSec" can connect to a WRVS4400N, although the expected result would be "doesn't work". Or did you already tried this?

    Maybe I should order a WRVS4400N, test it and return it if it doesn't work.
    Or someone may setup a test WRVS4400N for me :)
    Or I try installing QuickVPN parallel to the Cisco VPN Client, and check if both of them still work (still needs a LinkSys router for testing QuickVPN).

    Will definitely test the parallel installation and check if the Cisco VPN still works.

  7. maddes.b

    maddes.b LI Guru Member

    Test #1

    Test setup:
    • Cisco VPN Client was installed and working
    • Installed QuickVPN, so it could maybe mess up the Cisco Client installation
    • Connected to work from home with Cisco VPN Client successfully

    • Cisco VPN Client can co-exist with QuickVPN on the same machine (screenshot of systray attached)

    Attached Files:

  8. maddes.b

    maddes.b LI Guru Member

    Test #1b

    I also installed Shrew Soft VPN Client 1.1.0 additionally and Cisco VPN Client still works, even when both other Clients are started.
  9. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    You mis read my post. the 4400 suppports site to site ipsec tunnels, but for client to site is supports ssl clients only. Your ipsec client definitly won't work.
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