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Linksys BEFVP41 and Remote VPN Access

By lynbor ·
My office currently has a windows peer-to-peer network in place with a BEFSR1 Linksys router hooked to a broadband connection. We have a handful of people out in the field with notebook computers running win98 and XP. Do I need a VPN "server" on the LAN? or will this LinkSys VPN router establish the remote connections? I'm affraid that the Linksys BEFVP41 alone isn't going to be enough. I keep reading that most people set up a Win2k or XP box on the LAN to manage the incoming VPN connections. I've asked this question to LinkSys support, but after a few days, still no response.

I just need to know all the pieces I need in place to make it so that 5 or so outside people can establish a VPN connection to our office network as easily (and inexpensively) as possible yet still be secure.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Linksys BEFVP41 and Remote VPN Access

by Keelhan In reply to Linksys BEFVP41 and Remot ...

I had used in the past Linksys VPN router and had problems with it. I had to switch to another product - snpagear( www.snapgear.com ). Not only it is faster but it provides user authentication for VPN and really nice basic firewall features.Based onlinux kernel you can upgrade firmware easily. I had trouble setting it up with the softare so I used the DOS ip setting utility it came with.
I have only 3 users max on one network and SOHO+ is good enough for me. The PRO version has a cryptographic acceleration. SOHO+ is around 299 and PRO is around $379.
FYI linksys VPN was erratic to the point I could trasnfer only small files. transfer over 5 min would time out on one netowrk. I switched routers and problem was gone.

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